Floating Island Custard Recipe

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Floating Island Custard

Miriam Bucholtz


We loved this simple dessert while I was growing up. This recipe comes from the cookbook that my mother received as a wedding present in 1933.

This recipe does use raw egg whites. I would suggest using Pasteurized eggs or whites if you are concerned about this.

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10 Min
20 Min


2 c
milk (i use 2%)
1/8 tsp
6 to 8 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract


1Scald the milk in the top of a double boiler. Separate two of the eggs, set the whites aside, and beat together slightly the one egg, two yolks, four Tablespoons sugar, and salt.
2Add the scalded milk to the egg mixture, mix thouroughly, and return to top of double boiler. Cook over hot water, stirring frequently, until the mixture coats the spoon.
3Remove from heat, add vanilla, cool, and pour into a glass dish or into custard cups. Note: I pour this through a strainer to catch any fragments of cooked egg white, which can be an unpleasant surprise while enjoying the custard.
4Beat the two egg whites untill stiff, and beat two to four tablespoons of fine granulated or powdered sugar. (Another Note: I didn't have either on hand, so, not to be outdone, I put my sugar into a plastic bag and introduced it to my marble rolling pin.)
5Drop the meringue onto the custard by spoonfuls, and chill thoroughly.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Puddings
Other Tag: Quick & Easy