April 24, 2011

the perfect egg: a recipe for îles flottantes and one for pain brioché

Iles Flottantes

with Lime & Jasmine Blossom Crème Anglaise & Rose Meringue
will serve 4 
for the Crème Anglaise:
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup of sugar
2 cups of milk
2 lime leaves
grated zest of 1 small lime
a handful of lime blossoms
a handful of jasmine blossoms
1 vanilla bean split in two

In a saucepan, bring the milk to a boil with the vanilla bean, grated lime zest, lime leaves, lime and jasmine blossoms.
In a bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until pale yellow and doubled in volume.
Just before the milk reaches the boiling point, remove it from the heat, cool it for one minute and gently pour it on the egg yolks while whisking them.
Return the milk and eggs to the pan, cook over medium heat while stirring continously. 
Do not let the custard reach the boiling point. As soon as the custard coats the back of the spoon, remove from the heat and pour it in a cold bowl, whisk it until cooler. Place the custard in the fridge with a plastic film on top.

For the Meringue:
3 egg whites
2 Tsp of sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 tsp rose blossom water

In a perfectly clean bowl, beat the egg whites with the sugar, salt and rose water until they stiff and shiny.
Spoon on a lightly buttered baking sheet dollops of meringue. Cook at 100C
for 45 minutes, do not let them color too much, remove from the oven and let them cool.

Prepare the Iles Flottantes: pour the custard in a large bowl and float the meringues on top.

For the Caramel:
1/2 cup of sugar
2 Tsp water

In a heavy saucepan, heat the sugar with the water until it forms a syrup.
Let it bubble until it starts coloring, tilt the pan until the color is uniform but do not use a spoon otherwise the sugar will crystallize. Do this until a nice light mahogany color is reached.
Drizzle the caramel on top ot the meringues and serve.

Pain Brioché

makes one loaf or 10 small buns

4 cups of flour
1Tbs of dry yeast
3 tbs of sugar
2 tsp of sea salt
3 large eggs
175grs (6oz) of unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup of milk

Place the flour, the sugar, the salt and the yeast in a large bowl. Mix together.
Melt the butter with the milk in a pan on low heat. When melted, remove from the heat and cool to barely warm. 
Add the eggs and the milk/butter to the flour, mix, then start to knead (it will be sticky), add a little flour if you need to. Continue to knead for 10 minutes. When the dough is satiny and feel springy, place in a buttered bowl and let rise for 2 hours in a warm place. After that time, it should be doubled its size. Punch it down and let rise another 2 hours (if you made the dough in the afternoon, let it rise in a cool place overnight).
Shape it in a loaf or in a braid or make buns.
Let the dough rise 20 minutes after you shape it.
Cook in a preheated oven 200C or 350F for 40 minutes for the loaves and 20 minutes for the buns until golden.


  1. I love love your recipes, the only thing is that it is so hard for me to read this letter type in this small size. Do you know how I can enlarge the whole site a bit??

  2. to Mireille, try Ctrl and "+" at the same time.

    Bravo pour le blog! J'ai vu par ailleurs que vous avez cherché en indonésie un manufacturer de bocaux types "Le Parfait", avec seal en caoutchouc. Recherches fructueuses? J'ai du mal de mon côté (Jakarta)... Si vous avez un plan je suis preneur!


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