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11 minute Australian eggs Benedict

By Sam
11 minute Australian eggs Benedict

Meals in Minutes with Gizzi Erskine

Serves: 1 (hollandaise serves 4)
Cooking time: 11 minutes

To make the hollandaise:

  • 2 large British Lion egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon tarragon or white wine vinegar
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • a splash of ice cold water
  • 125g unsalted butter, ice cold and cut into cubes
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • cayenne pepper

For the rest of the dish:

  • 2 large British Lion eggs
  • 1 English muffin, halved
  • 2 slices of good quality carved smoked ham from a deli or deli counter (from the bone)
  • 1 large vine tomato cut into 4 width ways
  • ½ avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced

Method

1. Put two egg yolks (Gizzi uses free range), ½ teaspoon of tarragon or white wine vinegar, a pinch of salt and a splash of ice-cold water in a metal or glass bowl that will fit over a small pan. Whisk for a few minutes then put the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and whisk continuously until pale and thick (about 3-5 minutes).

2. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the cubes of butter, bit by bit until it's all incorporated and you have a creamy hollandaise (if it gets too thick, add a splash of water). Season with a squeeze of lemon juice and a little cayenne pepper. Keep warm until needed.

3. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil then poach two eggs for 3 minutes so the yolks are still soft. Lift each one out with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

4. To make eggs Benedict, toast 2 muffin halves, top each with a slice of ham, a slice of tomato, a few slices of avocado a poached egg and spoon over a generous helping of hollandaise.

For more quick and easy egg recipes, visit www.eggrecipes.co.uk or if you have an Android phone, download the brand new Egg Recipes app.

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