Hollandaise is thought to be the most finicky of all the French Mother Sauces. All kind of things can happen, the sauce “breaks”, the eggs curdle, you drop in on the floor and cat starts licking it up.
Now DO NOT allow this sauce to intimidate you. Ounce you understand the basics and the how too’s then take a deep breath…let’s cook!
This sauce is like a mayo, hollandaise is an emulsified sauce, that means the mixture stays together unlike a oil and vinegar dressing that quickly separates. The egg yolks are the thickening magic. That and the clarified butter bind the sauce so its thick, smooth and creamy. The more you cook the egg yolks, the thicker your hollandaise will be. However, the longer you cook your egg yolks over the heat, well…it’s now a scrambled eggs sauce.
I like to heat the egg yolks in a stainless steel bowl placed over a pot of gently simmering water (aka double boiler). The gentle heat of the steam is much more forgiving than a direct flame. With that said, let’s make some sauce of LOVE!
First What Is Clarified Butter?
Clarified butter is whole, unsalted butter that is melted down and allowed to separate so that the milk solids can be removed. The milk solids is what make butter BURN. The solids need to be removed to make a perfect sauce.
First the easiest way to clarify butter is to place it into a pan on medium heat and bring to a gentle boil and then turn it off. What happens next is milk solids “foam” on top. To finish the process, simply skim off the “skin” and pour off the clarified butter, being careful not to pour off any of the solids that’s settled to the bottom.
Ok…now it ready to become a thick and creamy and amazing sauce…
The Happy Diabetic Classic Hollandaise Sauce
The Classic Ingredients:
- 3 egg yolks, large eggs
- 1/2 pound unsalted butter, melted
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- Salt, to taste
- 1/2 egg shelf of cold water
The Classic Preparation:
1. In a small saucepan set over a double boiler on medium heat, whisk 3 egg yolks and a splash of water.
Bring the water to a boil
3. When the sauce is thick and you can see the wipp marks take if off the heat. now its time to add the butter. 2 teaspoons at a time, until all the butter is thoroughly incorporated into the sauce. The sauce will be thick, smooth, and glossy.
Whisk the lemon juice and salt into the hollandaise sauce, and then continue stirring it for 1 minute. Remove the sauce from the heat and serve it immediately.
This hollandaise recipe makes about 1 -2 cups
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