Classic eggs Benedict

    40 min

    Hot buttered muffins, bacon and poached eggs drizzled with hollandaise sauce. This is the quintessential brunch recipe, wonderful for a special occasion like Mother's Day or Christmas morning.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 egg yolks
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 pinch ground white pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 225g butter, melted
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 8 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vinegar
    • 8 rashers bacon
    • 4 English muffins, split
    • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    • chopped fresh chives to garnish (optional)

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. To make hollandaise: Fill the bottom of a double boiler part-way with water. Make sure that water does not touch the top pan. Bring water to a gentle simmer. In the top of the double boiler, whisk together egg yolks, lemon juice, white pepper, Worcestershire and 1 tablespoon water.
    2. Add the melted butter to egg yolk mixture 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time whilst whisking the yolks constantly. If hollandaise begins to get too thick, add a teaspoon or two of hot water. Continue whisking until all butter is incorporated. Whisk in salt, then remove from heat. Place a lid on pan to keep sauce warm.
    3. Preheat the grill. To poach eggs: Fill a large saucepan with 7.5cm of water. Bring water to a gentle simmer, then add vinegar. Carefully break eggs into simmering water, and allow to cook for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Yolks should still be soft in centre. Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon and set on a warm plate
    4. While eggs are poaching, cook the bacon in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat and toast the English muffins on a baking tray under the grill.
    5. Spread toasted muffins with softened butter, and top each one with a piece of bacon, followed by one poached egg. Place 2 muffins on each plate and drizzle with hollandaise sauce. Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve immediately.

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    Loved it and so easy to make. I also made boiled asparagus and garnished with some sliced strawberries as per the photo.  -  14 Dec 2013


    This was a good recipe and easy to follow. i replaced the bacon with parma ham though and it turned out great  -  01 Nov 2012


    Delicious and very straight forward.I'd never thought to make he sauce over a hot water bath and I've had some disasters in the past. To save you trying to measure out lemon juice from the lemon squeezer, 31/2 tablespoons of lemon juice is about equivalent to the juice of one lemon. Butter melts very easily in the microwave.  -  11 Apr 2017

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