The reason this French dessert is surfacing here under a Spanish alias is that islas flotantes are a served in many homes and restaurants around Latin America. The construction is the same as in their land of provenance: small mounds of feathery meringues float swanlike in a still, chilled pool of crème anglaise threaded with amber caramel sauce.
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This is breakfast for people with a big appetite and a bigger sweet tooth. That is to say, people like me. But let's start at the bottom: the base of this coffee cake is delicious—big chunks of peaches are suspended in a fluffy vanilla crumb. It's light and moist and a very sensible little coffee cake with which to start your morning. The topping is where things gets serious.