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  • Hollandaise is easy to make

    from spanky on Mar 26, 2012 06:15 PM
    If you want to make your own crabcakes benedict at home, making the sauce is pretty easy.  Here's the recipe:
    Serves 4:
    - 1/2lb butter (two sticks)
    - 3 eggs
    - vinegar
    - pepper
    - paprika
    - lemon juice
    - kosher salt
    In a small pan, slowly melt all the butter.  When the butter is all melted, turn of the heat.
    Take the three eggs and get the yolks, discard the whites.
    In a double boiler(*) add 1tsp (or 1.5 or 2 if you like the vinegar taste), 1 tablespoon of cold water, and the three egg yolks. Bring the double boiler up to temperate, while whipping the eggs the entire time.  The yolks should be all frothy, but as they get warmer, they'll magically turn creamy and thicker.  You don't want to cook the yolks, you want to heat them, which is why you're using a double boiler.  The idea is to heat them enough so they thicken, but not so much that they curdle.  Anyways, when the eggs get thick and creamy.  Remove them from the heat.
    With one hand, SLOWLY drizzle a SMALL amount of butter into the thickened yolks and whisk together.  If you add too much too fast, it totally won't work, so start with just a few drops and increase the amount slowly.  Continue slowly adding the warm butter and whisking thoroughly.  Your hand should get tired from whisking.
    When all the butter is incorporated, add 1 tsp of lemon juice, a generous pinch of paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir it up and keep it warm in the double boiler for up to four hours.  Hollandaise doesn't really keep.
    The recipe is very simple, but there are some easy pitfalls that can ruin it.  Just be sure that you don't curdle the eggs by cooking them too hot, make sure the butter you add isn't too hot, and then be sure to slowly start the emulsification process and whisk thoroughly.
    (*) If you don't have a double boiler, you can use a medium metal prep bowl over a medium saucepot of boiling water.  Use a hot pad to hold the bowl as it will get hot.