Caramel Floating Island

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The dessert that dreams are made of!

Camille C.
Camille C.

10 minutes

Prep time

50 minutes

Cook time

1 hour

Resting time

1141 cal.

Per serving

Ingredients for 1 dessert


Oven, Stovetop, Electric hand mixer, Pot (small), Whisk, Frying pan, Baking dish, Mixing bowl, Pot (large)


Sugar (granulated)

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 320°F. To make the caramel, heat half the sugar with equal parts water in a pot over medium heat.

Sugar (granulated)

Step 2

Add a pinch of salt. Cook until it starts to caramelize, or about 5 min.

Sugar (granulated)

Step 3

Pour the caramel into the bottom of a metal mixing bowl or small oven-proof pot. Swirl it evenly over the bottom of the bowl. Then set it aside to cool & harden.


Step 4

Separate the egg whites from the yolks.

Sugar (granulated)

Step 5

With a hand mixer, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt. When they start to stiffen, add 2/3 of the remaining sugar & beat again.

Sugar (granulated)

Step 6

Pour the beaten whites into the bowl with the caramel. Spread evenly over top the caramel.

Step 7

Place the bowl in an oven-safe baking dish filled with 1-2 inches of hot water. Cover the bowl with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake for 15 min at 325°F.

Vanilla bean

Step 8

If using a vanilla bean, cut it in half & scrape out the seeds. Reserve the pod.

Milk (whole)
Vanilla bean

Step 9

Pour most of the milk into a pot over medium heat. Add the vanilla bean seeds & pod. Bring to a gentle boil, without scalding the milk.

Corn starch
Milk (whole)

Step 10

In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with the remaining bit of milk.

Sugar (granulated)

Step 11

Find another bowl in your kitchen. In it, whisk together the rest of the sugar & the egg yolks.

Corn starch
Milk (whole)

Step 12

Add the cornstarch-milk mixture to the egg yolks. Whisk until dissolved.

Milk (whole)

Step 13

When the milk starts to boil, remove it from the heat. Pour the hot milk in 2-3 batches over the egg yolk mixture. Whisking vigorously between additions.

Step 14

Remove the egg white bowl & baking dish from the oven. Uncover the egg white bowl. Continue to bake over the water bath for 30 min.

Milk (whole)

Step 15

Pour the yolk-milk mixture back into the pot. Stir frequently over low heat, being careful to not let it boil as it thickens.

Step 16

Once the mixture starts to thicken into a custard, pour it into a clean bowl. Place the bowl over an icy water bath to cool it down. Then refrigerate it for at least 1 hour.


Step 17

After 30 min, remove the floating island of egg whites from the oven. Set the bowl of egg whites over an icy water bath to cool before removing from the bowl.

Almonds (sliced)

Step 18

Toast the almonds in a dry pan over low heat until golden & fragrant.

Step 19

Using a sharp knife, carefully loosen the egg white island from the edges of the bowl. Place a shallow serving dish over the bowl. Quickly flip over the island, so it sits in the dish with the caramel floating on top.

Almonds (sliced)

Step 20

Spoon the cooled custard around the island. Drizzle any remaining caramel from the bowl over top. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.

Step 21

You did it! Enjoy!

Personal notes

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Nutrition facts

Average estimated amount for one serving

Energy1141 cal.
Fat23 g
Carbohydrates207 g
Protein24 g
Fiber2 g

Values are based on an average estimate for one serving. All nutrition information presented on Jow is intended for informational purposes only. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, please consult with a health-care professional.

On average, one serving of the recipe "Caramel Floating Island" contains 1141 Energy, 23 g of Fat, 207 g of Carbohydrates, 24 g of Protein, 2 g of Fiber.

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