Saturday, 2 February 2013

Hollandaise weekend

Well we're only just in February and i've managed to tackle another of those things on my - 'should get round to trying that list' - Hollandaise sauce. The motivation was definately there in the form of leftover ciabatta rolls, leftover bacon and fresh eggs. Yep i totally couldn't resist that.

Also the baby was cranky and it was a great way to get the other half to take over while i escaped. The promise of favorite foods being dished up is always a winner in this house.

So onto the sauce. For a start a quick look around the internet gave me many different recipes and methods. I decided a simple blender recipe that would fit the bill and off we went.

Firstly i melted the butter and set it aside to cool a bit. In the meantime into the blender went 3 egg yolks and 1 T lemon juice.

Blended till the colour turned pale.
Then i slowly poured in the melted butter in a slow stream, blending the whole time. Then at the end i adjusted to taste by adding a little salt and more lemon juice. How easy is that?

Creamy, thick hollandaise sauce.

Then onto the plate with bacon and eggs. Delicious. I still have a little tweaking to do, as with many things there are subtle differences in the recipes which give a slightly different flavour and i like my sauce a little more tart. But seriously hollandaise is pretty delicious no matter how it comes and oh the perils of having to eat eggs benedict again and again till i get it perfectly right....

Yet again i'm reminded how easy some things that seem complicated can be. I've thought about making hollandaise and mayonnaise so many times over the years and it took me less than 5 mins to whip up. I'm still yet to try mayonnaise but will be giving it a go soon.

Also if you're a fermented/ cultured food fan, watch this space. The other half has been experimenting again and has some cultured zucchinis living in my pantry. He'll be over here later this week sharing his latest project.

I hope your weekend is going well.


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