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Cherry Floating Island

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Servings: 1
Categories: Non-Alcoholic Beverages

2    eggs, separated
1  pinches  salt
3/4  cup  sugar
3  cups  milk
3    eggs
1/2  cup  sugar
1/8  teaspoon  salt
1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
2  cups  pitted sweet cherries

Combine the 2 egg whites and pinch of salt in a bowl. Beat with rotary beater until soft peaks form. Gradually add the 1/4 c. sugar, beating constantly until stiff peaks form. Pour milk into a large skillet; place over low heat (about 200 F) and bring just to simmering point. Drop egg white mixture by tbls. into milk; there should be 6 meringues. Cook slowly, uncovered, until firm, about 5 minutes. Lift meringues from milk and drain on paper toweling. Reserve milk. Beat the 3 eggs and the 2 yolks slightly; add the 1/2 c. sugar and the 1/8 tsp. salt. Stir in the 3 c. reserved milk; cook mixture in the top of a double boiler over hot--not boiling--water, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and add vanilla. Place cherries in bottom of a 2 quart serving dish, cover with custard and top with meringues. Chill. Serves 6.

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