Eggs Benedict

    20 min

    Treat yourself to a classic eggs Benedict for late breakfast or brunch. Poached eggs served on top of buttered toast with ham and homemade hollandaise sauce. You can change it up by using bacon, smoked salmon or spinach instead of ham.


    Merseyside, England, UK
    17 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • For the hollandaise sauce
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 1 tablespoon cold water
    • 150g butter, cut into cubes and softened
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
    • 1 pinch salt
    • For the poached eggs
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon vinegar
    • For serving
    • 2 toasting muffins or 4 slices ciabatta bread, toasted
    • 4 slices cooked ham or Parma ham
    • finely chopped chives, to garnish

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:20min 

      To make the hollandaise sauce:

    1. Place 3 egg yolks in a heatproof bowl with 1 tablespoon cold water; whisk for 1 to 2 minutes, until the mixture becomes light and frothy. Place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water - don't let the bowl touch the water because if the egg mixture gets too hot, they may scramble as they heat. Continue to whisk for another 1 or 2 minutes until warmed and slightly thickened. Slowly add cubes of softened butter, 1 at a time, whisking continually until mixture thickens. Season with salt and lemon juice. Transfer it to a heatproof jug and keep warm in a pot of warm (but not hot) water while you poach the eggs.
    2. To poach the eggs:

    3. Bring a wide, deep pan of water and 1 tablespoon vinegar to the boil - the vinegar will help the eggs to set quicker. Lower the heat and use a spoon to stir the simmering water to create a swirl. Crack each egg into a separate ramekins or small bowls. Gently slide the eggs into the water, one at a time. Cook until the egg white has set but the yolk is soft and runny, about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to carefully scoop out the poached eggs. Drain on kitchen paper to remove any excess water.
    4. To serve:

    5. Butter the toast if desired, then arrange ham on top of each slice, then top with a poached egg. Spoon or drizzle hollandaise sauce on top of the poached egg and garnish with some chopped chives.


    If the hollandaise sauce is too thick, you can whisk in a teaspoon of warm water. It's best not to reheat hollandaise sauce as it might separate.


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    This is a lovely dish to make when you have the time. Delicious! The video really helped, thank you!  -  25 Mar 2016


    I had never thought of serving it on ciabatta bread before. Was very nice! I cooked down some spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes and served these on the side.  -  25 Mar 2016