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Foolproof 2-Minute Hollandaise

Foolproof 2-Minute Hollandaise

[Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz]

Check here for a full video walkthrough of the process.

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Foolproof 2-Minute Hollandaise

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 1 1/2 cups
Active time:1 minute
Total time:2 minutes
Special equipment:immersion blender with a cup that barely fits its head
This recipe appears in: Video: The Food Lab's Foolproof Hollandaise in 2 Minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk (about 30 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon water (about 10 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice from 1 lemon (about 10 grams)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons, about 112 grams)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper or hot sauce (if desired)

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine egg yolk, water, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt in the bottom of a cup that barely fits the head of an immersion blender. Melt butter in a small saucepan over high heat, swirling constantly, until foaming subsides. Transfer butter to a 1 cup liquid measuring cup.

  2. 2

    Place head of immersion blender into the bottom of the cup and turn it on. With the blender constantly running, slowly pour hot butter into cup. It should emulsify with the egg yolk and lemon juice. Continue pouring until all butter is added. Sauce should be thick and creamy. Season to taste with salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper or hot sauce (if desired). Serve immediately, or transfer to a small lidded pot and keep in a warm place for up to 1 hour before serving. Hollandaise cannot be cooled and reheated. Check here for a full video walkthrough of the process.

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