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Michel Roux's hollandaise sauce

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Michel Roux's Hollandaise sauce
  • Serves: 6

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    (plus cooling time)
  • Skill level: Master chef

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

 

Here's how to make a creamy, classic hollandaise sauce that goes perfectly with fish like salmon or in eggs Benedict

Ingredients

  • 1tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1tsp white peppercorns, crushed
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 250g butter, clarified (melted butter with the milk solids and water removed), cooled to tepid
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of lemon

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Hollandaise sauce can't be kept waiting, so serve it as soon as it is made, or keep it covered for a short time in a warm place if you must.

Michel Roux, celebrity chef

Method

  1. In a thick-bottomed stainless steel or copper saucepan, mix the wine vinegar with 4tbsp of cold water and the crushed peppercorns. Let it bubble to reduce by one-third, then leave to cool completely. Add the egg yolks to the cold reduction and mix with a whisk.
  2. Put the saucepan on a heat diffuser over a very low heat and continue whisking, making sure that the whisk comes into contact with the bottom of the pan.
  3. Gradually increase the heat so that the sauce emulsifies progressively, becoming very smooth and creamy after 8-10 mins. Do not allow the temperature of the sauce to rise above 65C.
  4. Off the heat and still whisking, pour in the tepid clarified butter in a steady stream. Season the sauce with salt. At the last moment, stir in the lemon juice. Pass the sauce through a muslin-lined chinois to eliminate the crushed peppercorns if required, then serve immediately.
This recipe is taken from Michel Roux Sauces, Quadrille Publishing Ltd, RRP 14.99, available from Amazon

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Jolene goodtoknow Editor

I tried making hollandaise for the first time and was surprised by how easy it was to do. I made a foaming version of this recipe, so you use the egg whites too. I also used my food processor to add the vinegar and water to the egg yolks and then to pour in the melted butter. The egg whites are whisked to soft peaks and then you fold in the yolky butter mixture. Delicious with asparagus spears, which felt very posh!

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