I find myself in Paris at the moment, without a kitchen of my own to concoct any custardy dish for today's Sugar High Friday - Cooking Up Custard. However, I could not possibly miss participating when the fabulous Elise of Simply Recipes gets her turn to be the hostess.
So, last night, while having dinner at Aux Lyonnais, I remembered about today's Sugar High Fridays event and picked dessert especially for the occasion.
My choice? An amazing Tarte et Île Flottante aux Pralines Roses (8E). Served in a glass dish, this little marvel is a sweetened, beaten and baked egg white island floating on a sea of custard (crème anglaise).
Every bite is soft, airy and ephemeral, like biting on a sweet and puffy cloud that disappears in your mouth in fractions of a second. How can something so light feel so decadent?
Bits of pralines roses (pink pralines) here and there, chewy and aromatic. The crème anglaise is pure perfection. Not too sweet, unctuous and silky, perfect consistency
The Île Flottante is served with a small slice of a pink praline tart that reminds me of ubiquitous pecan pie Americans bake for Thanksgiving. Interesting combination of flavors and textures. I could not finish it as it was a bit too sweet for my taste but pecan pie/tart lovers dining at Aux Lyonnais should not miss it.
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