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Birds Milk - A Classic French Recipe


The Birds Milk is a classic french recipe also known by the names floating island dessert. Its name comes from the egg whites foam floating on the a vanilla milk custard, giving the suggestion of white birds floating on a milk lake, or floating islands. The floating island recipe is very easy to make and is always a favorite for the entire family.


Birds Milk - Floating Islands Recipe


Preparation time: 1 hour

Makes: 8 servings


  • 1 quart  milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 7 ounces (200 g) sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon flour


  1. Separate the yolks from the egg whites in different bowls.
  2.  Beet the egg whites until they become stiff and fluffy.
  3. Add half of the sugar and beet again with the mixer.
  4. Bring to a boil the milk in which you added couple of drops of vanilla extract. Reduce heat and simmer.
  5. With a tablespoon, place the egg whites in the milk, leave for 1 1/2 minute then turn on the other side and leave again for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove the whites with a strainer on a separate bowl and skim the milk.
  6. Mix yolks with the rest of the sugar and 1 teaspoon flour. 
  7. Pour slowly the vanilla milk on the mixture stirring continuously. 
  8. Bring the mixture to a boil for 1 minute. Set aside and add the egg whites on top of the milk.
  9. Let it cool and refrigerate. Serve cold.


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