Depending just how gourmet your kids are you may or may not consider this a weekend family breakfast. But certainly traditional eggs benedict fit the bill for a decadent Valentines breakfast and if your kids are teenagers maybe you could teach them how to make it and serve you breakfast in bed. Possibly by Mother’s Day they’ll have mastered it!
I’ve got to be honest, poached eggs are my nemesis and I do chicken out (no pun intended) by using Lakeland’s silicone poaching pods – or horror of horrors, the microwave on very low power – rather than fancy swirling about in boiling water.
BUT – I’d never come across this nippy technique by Matt Follas whereby you pre-cook the eggs in their shells for 10 seconds before you break them. Still, if we can’t expect genius from former Masterchef winners, who can we?
What will you have for breakfast on Valentine’s Day? (no smutty answers please this is a family blog!)
4 happy eggs
1 tsp white wine vinegar
Pinch of black cracked pepper
juice of half a lemon
4 slices Parma ham
2 English muffins
For the Hollandaise sauce
In a bowl, whisk 2 egg yolks, lemon juice and vinegar.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter on a gentle heat, the butter should foam as it burns-off the water. As soon as the foaming starts to reduce, pour it (in a slow trickle) in to the egg mixture, whilst whisking. Continue whisking until the butter is fully combined. Add a pinch of salt to season.
To cook the perfect poached egg
Poach 2 happy eggs. A great trick, to hold the egg together when cooking, is to place the whole egg (shell on) in simmering water for 10 seconds, then place it in cold water until it’s cool enough to touch. Next, crack it open and place into simmering water and cook for 3 minutes. Add a few drops of vinegar to the water too.
Split and toast the English muffins, butter them and place on a plate. Arrange the ham on top followed by the poached eggs and a generous helping of hollandaise sauce. Top with a sprinkle of cracked black pepper.
Recipe Credit: For more recipes, please visit www.thehappyegg.co.uk
With thanks to Happy Egg Co for sample eggs!