Oeufs à La Neige

Snow Eggs


  • 6 eggs
  • ¾ pint of milk
  • 6 ozs. of lump sugar or sugar crystals
  • 5 ozs. of castor sugar, flavouring of vanilla, lemon, etc., according to taste


Put the milk, lump sugar and flavouring in a saucepan. This should not be very deep, as the poaching of the eggs becomes difficult. Bring to the boil, stirring well so that the sugar melts. Beat the whites to a very stiff froth—test whether it is sufficiently stiff by placing an egg on it. If the egg does not sink, the whites are sufficiently beaten. Now add the castor sugar to the whites, beating steadily. Put a little beaten white of egg in a spoon, and with a knife smooth it and give it the shape of an egg. Drop these, one at a time, in the boiling milk, and after 1½ minutes turn each “egg” carefully with a fork, so that the upper side gets cooked. Leave them in for exactly 2 minutes more—not longer, or they will collapse. Remove from the milk with a perforated spoon, and drain either on a large sieve or on a clean cloth.

The milk is now strained through a sieve. Beat the yolks and add the warm milk to them gradually. Put back on the fire and stir till the mixture begins to thicken. When quite cold put in a glass dish and add the whites, which will float on the surface.