Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 8:26PM
I have always wanted to perfect poached eggs but never quite got them right, until now. I came across a blog post from Smitten Kitchen on the subject and plucked up my courage to give it a go and hey presto! perfect poached eggs. My new found skill has been featuring a lot now and I really wanted to try making the classic eggs Benedict. The only hard parts about it are making the hollandaise, although you could buy it, and of course poaching the eggs, so most of it really. Here's my take on it, I hope you give it a try.
1 English muffin (not the sort you have with coffee, they are very different)
2 fresh large eggs and 1 small egg yolk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 heaped tsp mustard
75g fridge cold unsalted butter cut into cubes (this is supposed to be clarified butter but I couldn't be bothered)
seasoning (don't add salt if you are using salted butter)
2 slices good quality ham
First make the hollandaise sauce by putting the egg yolk, mustard, lemon juice and seasoning into a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Whisk until it begins to froth and then start adding the butter a cube at a time, whisking it in as it melts. Continue to do this until the butter is used up and the sauce has a thick soft whipped cream consistency. Check the seasoning and then set to one side.
Cut the muffin in half and lightly toast then top each half with the ham and keep warm in a low oven.
To make the poached eggs put a large pan of water with splash of vinegar on the hob and bring to simmering point. Break each egg into a dish first (I cook each one separately to avoid disaster), swirl the water and drop the egg into the middle of the water vortex. Let it set a little for a few seconds and very gently tease it off the bottom so that it doesn't stick. Cook for about three or four minutes, remove the egg with a slotted spoon and set the spoon onto some kitchen paper to drain. Then gently slide the egg onto the warm ham and muffin and top with a dollop of hollandaise. Repeat the process for the other egg. Delicious