The Perfect Hollandaise

1 November, 2010

I posted the question on the Facebook page asking “how do you make the perfect hollandaise sauce?” and got a few different responses but the main tip was WHISK WHISK WHISK!

Here is recipe from Daniel Moore – Chef, Cookery Educator, and WACS (World Association of Chefs Societies) Accredited Culinary Judge. This recipe is one that he has been using for about 15 years and he has kindly agreed to let me post it on the blog – Thanks Daniel!

Hollandaise Sauce

Making good hollandaise takes a lot of practice.. This is the recipe Daniel uses for about 600 ml of sauce/

First Step:
125ml white wine
125 ml white whine vinegar
5 white peppercorns
parsley stalks
chopped shallots
500gm Butter

Add all ingredients EXCEPT the butter into a pot and bring it to the boil. Once boiled, turn it off and let it cool.

Melt butter in a seperate pot, and let it cool a little and settle. The yellow fat will rise, the white milk solids and water will fall. Don’t let it fall below body temp – about 40 degrees. The butter will be used in the fourth step.

Second Step:
8 Egg yolks

In a big stainless bowl put the yolks and strain the wine/vinegar mixture onto it. Whisk it up really well. This will take 3-4 minutes – the bigger the bowl and whisk, the better. It needs to be thick, pale and fluffy.

Third Step:
Boil a large pot of water and place the stainless steel bowl with egg mixture on top of it. Make sure there’s a good seal. Whisk…Whisk more. Whisk some more. You’ll find it goes white, fluffy, pale, and thick. Never stop whisking – if you do, you’ll get little chunks of scrambled egg. If this happens, whisk like your life depends on it. It may come back, it may not – you may have to start again.

When your eggs are cooked, you’ll have a “sabayon”. To test, take it off the heat, pick up some of the mix on the whisk, and drizzle it back into the bowl. If it sits up on the surface for a sec before going back into the mix, then it has reached ribbon, and is cooked.

Fourth Step:

Place a bowl on bench with someone helping to hold it. Slowly pour the warm butter into the Sabayon making sure you whisk ALL the time. Ensure you pour the butter in a thin stream, trying not to disturb the milk solids at the bottom, whisking constantly until it’s all incorporated.

Now is crunch time. If it falls below 35 degrees, or above 44, it will split. If the wind is blowing the wrong way, it will split.

From there, season with salt, fresh cracked white pepper, worcestershire sauce and tabasco. May also need some lemon, but remember it’s all to taste.

Store it in a warm place – the back of the stove might be ok, or if you’ve got a shelf above the stove that might be ok too.

This recipe is enough for enough for 30+ portions of eggs benny

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  • Reply dan 1 November, 2010 at 8:16 am

    >Yeah nah

  • Reply Conor @ Hold the Beef 1 November, 2010 at 8:32 am

    >Should the first step be "add all ingredients except the butter into a pot"?

    Really though, not entirely sure why I bother asking, as I can't see myself going to this effort any time soon. Still, it will be useful to know next time I have 29 hollandaise-hungry friends crashing in my lounge room.

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 1 November, 2010 at 8:36 am

    >Thanks Conor… I made the edit :)

  • Reply Moe 1 November, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    >man, that daniel guy sounds awesome. I bet he's really really good looking

  • Reply Anonymous 7 November, 2010 at 7:09 am

    >Thanks for this Liz! I am crazy for Hollandaise, need to give this a try!

    You should go and try the Dizzy Witch on Brisbane, across from the Northbridge Hotel. Nice and intimate place and the food is just incredible! We had the big breakfast and eggs benedict there today and can honestly say they were the best ones ever! They also had a baby shower going on at the back area which I think was cool and different for a cafe.

    The best thing is that the Newcastle St Coles has discount coupons at the back of receipts, so with one of those we got 50% off of the second meal and the whole thing with drinks was only $33.

    – Miltzu

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 7 November, 2010 at 9:07 am

    >I have heard the dizzy witch is meant to be great! My list of places to try is never ending!

    Let me know how you got with the sauce Miltzu!

  • Reply Anonymous 9 November, 2010 at 1:34 am

    >that all sounds a bit hard – think I'll keep going out for breaky for my hollandaise fix – the best I have had in perth has been at Sassy's on Swan! Lise

  • Reply erin 9 December, 2010 at 12:02 am

    >The Dizzy Witch IS amazing. My favourite breakfast and coffee in Perth (keep in mind that I'm no coffee snob, however, and only drink one a week, so others will probably disagree with my preference!). I haven't had anything hollaindaise-ish there, because I'm not a fan, but I can wholeheartedly vouch for the Morrocan eggs (ask for poached instead of fried) being the best thing in the entire world for breakfast… or at least in Perth.

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 9 December, 2010 at 3:18 am

    >The Morocan eggs are the best!!!

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