Café Amphora became known for its perfectly cooked eggs Benedict on grain muffins in the 1980s, and Café Kevah is now known for its eggs Benedict as well. With the magnificent view and outdoor seating, there is no better place to enjoy this decadent breakfast classic. You can add a variety of toppings to the eggs Benedict, like avocado and ham, as shown, or lightly steamed crab. For a brunch setting, set out a platter of options and let your guests choose.–Romney Steele
LC Be Not Afraid Note
To any eggs Benedict novices: be not afraid. This fancy pants brunch is not only do-able in your own kitchen, it’s a lot easier than you think. The main thing striking fear into your heart is probably that line down there that strictly instructs ‘be careful not to scramble the eggs’. But how? We have a few extra tips for you. First, make sure you keep the water under the sauce at a bare simmer, and never a boil. The gentle heat will meld your eggs and butter smoothly without a hint of scrambling. Whisk constantly (yes, constantly – think of it as a workout), and add the clarified butter sloooooowly. We can’t emphasise that with enough ‘o’s.
That said, if you want to start off easy, we have a never-fail blender Hollandaise recipe for you, so you can be positive your first Benedict experience will go off without a hitch.
Café Benedict Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 15 M
- Serves 4
- For the Hollandaise sauce
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 cup butter, melted and solids skimmed off
- Pinch salt and a pinch white pepper
- Tabasco or Sriracha hot sauce
- For the eggs Benedict
- 8 eggs, chilled
- 4 multigrain English muffins, split
- 8 slices Canadian bacon, pan grilled
- 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and sliced into thin wedges
- Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
- Make the Hollandaise sauce
- 1. Whisk the yolks with 1 teaspoon of water in a bowl set over simmering water for about 2 minutes, until pale yellow and a ribbon forms when running the back of a spoon through the surface. Be careful not to scramble the eggs.
- 2. Whisk in the lemon juice. Turn off the heat but leave the bowl over the warm pot. Slowly whisk in the butter in a steady stream, then whisk vigorously for 30 seconds or so to thoroughly combine. Add the salt, pepper, and Tabasco to taste. Move the pot to the back of the stove while preparing the eggs.
- Make the eggs Benedict
- 3. Have a medium pot of water simmering at a rapid speed. One at a time, crack the eggs into a small bowl and then gently slip them into the simmering water. Cook 2 minutes for soft yolks, or longer if you like them harder.
- 4. Meanwhile, toast the muffins and arrange 2 on each plate. Top with the bacon and avocado.
- 5. Scoop out the poached eggs with a slotted spoon and gently rest on a towel for just a second to soak up any water. Nestle one egg onto each muffin, and top with Hollandaise sauce. Sprinkle parsley over the tops.
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Café Benedict Recipe © 2009 Romney Steele. Photo © 2009 Sara Remington. All rights reserved.