What to Do With Extra Egg Yolks: Hollandaise Sauce
Whether making a pie topped with a delicious meringue or Cloverleaf’s now infamous hub on French bread making (see link under Related Links below), sometimes you just find yourself with a few extra round sunny yellow egg yolks. You could just throw them away; or you could feed them to the dogs or cats (Yolks are very good for their coats and skin.), but I suggest using them to create a masterpiece that can be served alongside that loaf of French bread.
Let’s take a look and see what we can do with egg yolks. Cloverleaf’s recipe leaves three of them behind!
How about a Classic Hollandaise Sauce that can be found in almost any cookbook or recipe file on-line? A Hollandaise sauce can be served over vegetables (such as asparagus, broccoli, or cauliflower), poached fish, or Eggs Benedict. It is a rich egg-based sauce usually flavored with lemon or vinegar, plus butter and a touch of cayenne and salt. And I happen to have a recipe that just happens to call for 3 egg yolks.
I am told that the most important thing in making a successful Hollandaise sauce is the use of a double boiler. However, if you don't have one - no problem. You can use a metal or glass bowl that fits securely over a deep sauce pan. See the picture to the right. That's all you need to improvise for a double boiler. You just need a shallow broad-based bowl on top, and a deeper sauce pan on the bottom. It is important that the top bowl does not come into contact with the water. This will allow us to use indirect heat which will help to prevent burning or scorching our sauce.
Another important aspect in making a successful Hollandaise is to make sure that the water in the bottom pan does not come to a full boil. You want it to be hot and lightly simmering only.
Obviously we will need to be very careful when it comes time to remove the top bowl as it will be extremely hot. Be sure to use a hot pad.
I could have taken pictures as I used my egg yolks to make this sauce, but for this particular sauce I think it is better to have the motion shots that the video can provide. Let's watch the video and get an idea of what we are doing. Then we can gather our ingredients together and make our Hollandaise sauce.
This sauce is a little tricky to make but absolutely delicious! She does a really good job of explaining how to make this delectable sauce. Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 T. lemon juice
- 1 T. water
- 1/2 to 1 cup melted butter
- Pinch of cayenne
Put the egg yolks in a bowl over a small pot of boiling water, or in the top part of a double boiler. Add lemon juice and water. Whisk yolks until they are about triple in volume and start forming ribbons. She does a very good example of showing how to do this in the video. Remove yolks from heat when they start forming ribbons.
Slowly add the melted butter a small amount at a time. The initial addition is very important in order to emulsify the sauce. Whisk in the rest of the butter gradually. The more butter you add the thicker your sauce will be.
Hollandaise Sauce Recipe w/3 Egg Yolks
- 2 T. white-wine or tarragon vinegar or fresh lemon juice
- 4 T. boiling water
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp salt
Melt the butter and keep it warm.
Heat the vinegar or lemon juice until just warmed. Have small saucepan with boiling water and a measuring tablespoon ready.
Place the top of a double boiler over (not in) hot water, or the bowl over the sauce pan as indicated in the picture above.
Place the egg yolks in the top of a double boiler and whisk until they begin to thicken. Then add 1 tablespoon of the boiling water. Continue to beat the sauce until it begins to thicken. Repeat with the remaining water, one tablespoon at a time, beating the mixture after each addition.
Now add the warmed vinegar or lemon juice. Remove the double boiler from the heat. Beat the sauce briskly with a wire whisk. Continue to beat the mixture as you slowly pour in the melted butter. Add the salt and cayenne and beat the sauce until it is thick. Serve immediately.
Hollandaise is considered to be a difficult sauce to make, so after this you are a pro. You can pat yourself on the back.
But, if you happened to have some problems, here are the common problems and their solutions!
- If it starts to separate, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of whipping cream and beat the sauce with a wire whisk until it is smooth.
- If the sauce has curdled, you can put it in a blender and blend well. This will alter the texture slightly.
Serve your Hollandaise sauce over steamed vegetables, poached fish or eggs Benedict. Enjoy!
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