Homemade Hollandaise Sauce#Alphabet Challenge

Making hollandaise sauce is one sauce that I was very apprehensive to make. Every time an opportunity would arise to make it, but, because of fear that I will not succeed, the sauce will curdle and all ingredients will be wasted, always put me off. But, somehow today I took a positive step, today 'am going to make it, since I wanted to enjoy the traditional egg benedict muffin sandwich.
I must have seen around 20 videos on YouTube to see the exact technique of making one of the most difficult mother sauces of the French cuisine. With a positive attitude in mind ventured to make this Hollandaise Sauce. Hip Hip Hurray I succeeded in making it perfectly. My hubby licked his fingers so that nothing is wasted so delicious was this sauce. Made of one egg only, since this sauce cannot be refrigerated and has to be had warm.

The key of perfecting this sauce is the temperature of the water, I made this on a double boiler. The pan for the water and the bowl for making the sauce should such that the pot should not touch the water and temperature of the water should be just warm, not boiling. The flame of the stove should be on sim.
I started making this sauce with cold ingredients, the butter and egg were cold. This sauce has just two ingredients the others are just added according to your taste.

75 Grams Cold Unsalted Butter - cubed
1 Large Egg Yolk
½ Teaspoon Freshly Squeezed Lemon juice
Salt to taste
A Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
¼ Teaspoon Chopped Dill
In a large sauce pan filling it just a cup of water . Place this on low flame.
In a meantime take a bowl that will exactly fit on top of the pan, but it should be shallow. Do not take a deep bowl or else it will touch the water and the sauce will curdle.
Add the butter into the bowl, one teaspoon normal tap water, a pinch of salt and the lemon juice. Take a whisk in your hand and get ready. As soon as you seen that base of sauce pan bubble start to appear. Place the bowl of butter on top of the pan and start to whisk till the butter start to melt and you can hold the bowl with your other hand, i.e left hand, when you feel that the bowl is getting hot, take the bowl off the pan and whisk it on the kitchen platform whisking continuously,
when the bowl again starts to get a cold, place it again on the sauce pan and start to whisk till the butter is melted and when you dip your finger into the butter it should feel warm, take the bowl from the sauce pan and add the egg yolk and and whisk vigorously to mix it well, when it is well mixed and the mixture is smooth, but has a watery consistency, place bowl back again on the sauce pan seeing that the water is not bubbling. If the water has started to bubble or lots of steam is emitting switch off the flame and take sauce pan on the kitchen platform then place the bowl and continue to whisk till it starts to thicken a little at this stage also you should be able to hold the bowl with your other hand comfortable.
The time you feel the bowl is getting hot, take it off the sauce pan and whisk it on the kitchen platform continuously till it starts to thicken a little. This sauce is not as thick as a mayonnaise.
To check the sauce is done, take a spoon and dip it into the sauce, if the sauce coat the back of spoon it's done.
At this stage taste for salt and lemon juice, I add a dash of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and dill, give it good whisk and it's ready to be served.
Serve this warm!!
This sauce can be enjoyed with poached egg, steamed broccoli or asparagus , eggs benedict, fried fish fillet, I would say this will taste good on anything. It's a finger licking sauce, sad but this sauce cannot be refrigerated or enjoyed cold, it has to be served warm.
Labels: Egg, French Cuisine, Hollandaise Sauce, Butter, Mother Sauce, Sauces, Alphabet Challenge, International Cuisine

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  1. It looks perfect Sneha. Congratulations....it's the little things in life.

  2. I love a good hollandaise. Thanks for reminding me!

  3. Well done, Sneha! Hollandaise can indeed be tricky.

  4. Sometimes it is that positive attitute that leads us to major accomplishments. Your sauce looks and sounds fantastic!

  5. Wow Sneha. I've not attempted hollandaise sauce at home. Whenever I feel like having some over poached eggs I head to the nearest breakfast place. Now I am wondering whether is commercial sauce is authentic.

  6. So glad that this recipe finally worked out for you...it's been on my list of things to make as well. After reading about your experience, maybe I'll give it a go finally! - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

  7. I've never made this at home but really love it!