Snow eggs

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
5 \N Egg whites
2 tablespoons Powdered sugar
½ teaspoon Orange extract
½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 cups Whole milk
3 tablespoons Granulated sugar
3 \N Egg yolks
\N \N Wine -- optional

Beat the egg whites until you can turn the bowl upside down without the whites falling out. Gradually add the powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon orange extract and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavoring. (Thomas Jefferson used orange flower or rose water.) Put milk into a 10-inch heavy skillet and add the granulated sugar and remaining orange and vanilla extracts. Slowly bring to a simmer. Drop tablespoonfuls of egg white into hot milk and poach until set. Turn the mounds after about 1-2 minutes of cooking. You will need to make these in batches as it won't all fit in skillet at once. The egg whites will puff a bit while cooking. It should take about 4-5 minutes for each batch to cook. Lay them on a wire rack to drain.

Beat the egg yolks until thick. Add a small amount of the hot milk to the yolks, then stir gradually into the milk. Continue to stir while cooking, until the custard thickens. Pour custard through a sieve.

Put the cooked whites in a serving dish and pour the custard over them. Serve immediately.

Recipe By : Jo Anne Merrill

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