Farmersgirl Kitchen


Uncategorized | April 25, 2011 | By

I was away on a course on Thursday and Friday and stayed overnight at the Carrick Lodge Hotel .  I can highly recommend it, both my room and my colleague’s room were of a high standard and the food was excellent.  I hadn’t taken my camera so can’t share my meal with you.  However, on the menu at breakfast there was ‘Eggs Benedict’, not something I would normally choose, but I just couldn’t resist.  It was my Dad’s favourite and is now one of my favourites too.

So, where is all this leading?   I have never made Hollandaise sauce and after my Eggs Benedict, I thought it was probably about time I had a go.  I know it has a reputation as being tricky but the recipe looked simple and I had everything I needed to make it.  We were having salmon fillets for dinner and some sauce would lift them to a real treat.

I could have chosen a recipe from any number of my collection of cookbooks but decided to have a look and see if Rachel Allen had one – and she did!  Right there at the back of  Home Cooking in a chapter entitled Basics.

Hollandaise Sauce
makes about 150ml (5fl oz)


2 egg yolks
110g (4oz) butter, diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Squeeze of lemon juice
1. Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water on a medium heat. Add the egg yolks and 1 tablespoon of cold water and whisk together.  Gradually add the butter, bit by bit until each addition has melted and emulsified as it is whisked in, before adding the next.
2. Once all the butter has been added, cook for a few minutes more, stirring regularly until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Taste and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

3. Remove from the heat and keep warm if necessary, by covering with clingfilm and leaving to sit over the warm water, until you’re ready to serve.

Confession No. 1: The sauce made perfectly, until I put in the lemon juice and then the d**n thing split!  So on the basis that it is just hot mayonnaise,  I got another egg yolk and a clean bowl and gradually whisked the split sauce into the egg yolk over the simmering water. It worked a treat!

Confession No. 2: I served this to Mr Farmer, he tasted it and said what a nice CHEESE sauce it was,  I don’t know why I bother sometimes – ha ha ha!


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    April 25, 2011

    It does seem easy enough ~ great correction after adding the lemon juice. I wonder why that happened?

    Well, it does, kinda, maybe, look like cheese sauce 🙂

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    Andrew Davies
    April 25, 2011

    I love Eggs Benedict and like you it lead me to making Hallandaise. I've made it quite a few times now but still sometimes it can go wrong splitting etc .. as you know!
    There also seem to be varying recipes the one I use has white wine vinegar and Tarragon

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    April 26, 2011

    I have only ever tried it once and the lemon juice splitting happened with mine too.
    I think I'll try again now you've mentioned about saving it.

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    April 27, 2011

    Now that is just too funny. Monsieur who thinks of hollandaise as a mornay 🙂 It's rare when I get the chance to have breakfast in a hotel in the UK and when I do, I always go for eggs benedict. It's just such a mind-blowing luxury with a huge pot of tea… Now that you've posted this, Janice, no more excuses. High time I just made it myself for breakfast (as long as someone makes me a cuppa)

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    All That I'm Eating
    April 27, 2011

    I just made some Hollandaise for the first time myself! I had heard it was tricky too but I'm so glad I tried it. Mine got too warm and looked like melted butter. After a cooling down, all was well though!

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    April 28, 2011

    Your sauce looks so lovely and yellow. I've never made Hollandaise either, but I keep thinking I ought to cos I do like it. Must follow your lead.

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    May 4, 2011

    The first tiime I made hollandaise it was perfect and I wondered what all the fuss was about. The next time I made it in exactly the same way and it was a complete disaster – at least now I know what to do!

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    May 7, 2011

    You know, I made some very lemony lemon rice the other day and Mr G asked me, 'what flavour rice is this then?'

    We are totally wasted on our men sometimes!

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