Easy Ile Flottante Recipe with Spun Sugar in a glass bowl on a tray

Easy Ile Flottante Recipe with Spun Sugar

  • Author: Beth Le Manach
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Ile flottante a wonderful holiday dessert idea that can be made in advance!



For Meringue:

4 Egg whites (reserve egg yolks for the crème anglaise)

¼ tsp (1.25ml) cream of tartar (This link goes to Amazon where I am compensated for products sold) or 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp (25g) white sugar

½ tsp (2.5ml) vanilla extract


For Crème Anglaise:

2 1/3 cups (555ml) whole milk

1 vanilla bean

4 egg yolks

2 tbsp (25g) sugar

pinch pf salt

For Spun Sugar:

1 cup (200g) of sugar


½ cup (75g) of sliced raw almonds


For Meringue:

Preheat oven to 225F (107C).  Spray ½ cup (120ml) oven-safe ramekins with baking spray (This link goes to Amazon where I am compensated for products sold), distribute with a pastry brush and place on a baking tray. Set aside.

Place egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add cream of tartar (This link goes to Amazon where I am compensated for products sold) and salt. Whip on high until foamy and opaque, slowly add sugar a little bit at a time, whipping continuously in between each addition. Until whites are stiff and can form a peak on their own. Then add in vanilla extract.

Spoon meringue mixture into prepared ramekins, filling to the top and level out with spatula.  Bake for 25 mins until meringues has risen and set. Allow to cool and then place uncovered in the fridge until ready to serve (maximum 8 hours)

For Crème Anglaise:

Combine milk and vanilla seeds and pod. Bring to a simmer and then remove from heat. Remove vanilla pod with tongs and discard.

Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl. Slowly mix in the hot crème mixture into the yolk mixture. Return the custard to a cleaned-out sauce pan and stir over low heat until mixture thickens (about 5-7 minutes) and reaches 165F(73C).

Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve, into a 4 cup Pyrex pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For Almonds:

Place on a cookie sheet and toast at 350F (176C) for 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool and keep in an air tight container at room temperature until ready to serve.

For Spun Sugar.

Place a large sheet of parchment paper (This link goes to Amazon where I am compensated for products sold) on a baking sheet.  Allow it to hang over the sides 3-4 inches.  Place a large mixing bowl on the parchment lined baking sheet.  Place 4 wooden spoons on top of the bowl, in a cross-hatch pattern. Set aside.

Place a cup of sugar in a heavy bottom sauce pot. Set on a medium high flame. Sugar will melt then caramelize. Adjust flame while it melts so it doesn’t turn too amber and burn.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2-4 minutes.  Once the caramel begins to form threads, meaning if you place a fork in it, and raise it above the pot, long threads start to drip, as opposed to small drops, it’s ready!

Place a large balloon whisk inside the caramel and wave bath and forth across the wooden spoons. Caramel will begin forming threads and large drips.. This is the idea since you will use both for your garnish.

Once all the caramel has been dripped over the spoons, collect small bunches, thread and chards and place in a container and store in the freezer until ready to use.

To assessable desserts. Pour ¼ cup (60ml) of the crème anglaise in a footed dish or shallow bowl, scoop out the meringue and place on top. It will have gagged edges and that’s part of the charm of the “rugged” island.

Sprinkle with Toasted Almonds. Place the spun sugar on top! Et voila!




  • 3 days before make your spun sugar garnishes place in a freezer-safe container and store in the freezer.
  • 2 days before make the creme anglaise. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate
  • Up to 8 hours before bake the meringues. Allow to cool completely. Leave in the ramekins and refrigerate. (no need to cover)
  • The day of toast your almonds. Place in a container, cover and keep at room temperature
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: cook
  • Cuisine: French

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