Oeufs a la Neige (Floating Islands)


"Floating islands" are poached meringues on top of soft vanilla custard. A classic French treat!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins


  • 3 eggs, divided

  • ½ cup white sugar, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Separate two of the eggs. In the top of a double boiler, combine 1 whole egg and 2 yolks with 1/4 cup sugar and salt, whisking until smooth. Whisk in milk and cook over simmering water, stirring constantly with a spatula or wooden spoon. When the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove it from the heat. (Do not boil. If custard should start to curdle, remove from heat and beat vigorously until smooth.) Pour the custard through a strainer into a bowl and stir in vanilla. Cool and refrigerate.

  2. In a heat-proof bowl, lightly whisk 2 egg whites with remaining 1/4 cup sugar, just enough to dissolve the sugar. Place the bowl on top of a pot of simmering water and stir constantly until the temperature of the whites reaches 145 degrees F (63 C) or hotter. Immediately remove the bowl from the heat and use an electric mixer to beat warm egg whites until they form stiff, glossy peaks.

  3. Pour chilled custard into a serving dish. Drop meringue by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the custard to make islands. Chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
5g Fat
24g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 6g
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 146mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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