I have been on a business trip and had a sick child and it isn’t even still Tuesday but here goes. I admit I wasn’t super excited to make the Floating Islands. I know there is a (not so small) percentage of us in TWD who say every week that we would “have passed right over this recipe” if not for the group. Really true for me this week. In fact, for the first time I contemplated not making something just because it didn’t sound good. The two recipes I have missed thus far have been due to time constraints. But I persevered.
I made the crème anglaise on Saturday night. I think I overcooked it a little. I think I read a little too much about the thickness, etc and I got confused and so on and so forth. I tried to make the meringue islands on Sunday afternoon but wasn’t feeling it so I made these chocolate chip cookies instead. When I finally convinced myself to make the islands, I got distracted by Will’s worsening condition. He went from generic stomachache to 102 degree fever. In my world, this also means I have to figure out if I have meetings the next day; 2) if so, can they be moved, canceled, etc.; or 3) if not, do I have someone to take care of child. Sunday nights are a scramble anyway. One kink and the whole system is out of whack. I had to fly to St Louis on Monday for a performance review so…chaos.
These are made with almond butter and agave nectar. I substituted silken tofu for the white bean puree and used bittersweet chips. Great, especially for someone who needs to avoid white sugar.
I think I did a pretty good job on the meringue for my first time. But they weren’t pretty and I couldn’t get them to flip nicely in the saucepan. I was getting visibly frustrated and started just manhandling them. By the time they cooled, I was the only interested in giving them a try. I was on a healthy kick this week and waited until Sunday for dessert. I was disappointed. I consoled myself with a big slice of “Cloudy with Meatballs Ice Cream Pie” that I completely forgot to post to You Want Pies With That? It has been that kind of week.
Oreo crust, ice cream and brownie “meatballs.”
I left the rest in the fridge. When my mom came to my rescue Monday morning she was not in the least bit enticed by the scary white globs. They hit the trash. Still, thanks to Shari for making me do this. Now, I have a little experience with meringue and lemon meringue pie is one of my all time faves. Now, maybe I will try to make it myself.
Looking forward to next week….