Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Breakfast: Day 2

If you've come here looking for my White Chocolate Cake for The Cake Slice Bakers, I didn't have time to make it, but here is the printable recipe if you're interested.

Today's breakfast of choice is Eggs Benedict. Oh how I love me some eggs benedict with creamy hollandaise sauce. Yes!!! It's my favorite brunch item and I order it whenever it's on any breakfast menu, which is not as often as you would think.

The typical eggs benedict consists of english muffins, with canadian bacon (Hey Canadians, do you call it canadian bacon in Canada? just curious!) and poached eggs all smothered in hollandaise sauce. I make mine a little different, mostly because I'm lazy :-) I make mine with bacon and fried eggs. I don't have the patience for poaching eggs. I need to get me some of those silicone egg poachers.

If you've never had hollandaise sauce it's an egg based sauce with lotsa butter and a hint of acidity- either lemon juice or vinegar. It's creamy and smooth and rich but it has a slight tanginess to it. Yummy with all the other compents too. Lots of different textures in this meal. If you plan on making this, keep in mind kids aren't generally fond of the sauce.

Eggs Benedict- Monica's Way

  • English Muffins, split and toasted (1 per person)
  • Bacon, cooked til crisp (2 per person)
  • Fried Eggs, cooked to your liking (2 per person)
  • Hollandaise Sauce (recipe below)

Split and toast english muffins. Place on plate split side up. Arrange one slice of bacon (broken in half) on each muffin half. Top with cooked egg. Smother in hollandaise sauce. Swoon.

Hollandaise Sauce from Egg: From Benedict to Brulee

~serves 4

  • 6 oz. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

Begin by clarifying the butter. Put the butter in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, skim off any foam on the surface, and let cool for a few minutes. Carefully pour the butter into a jug, leaving and sediment behind.

Half fill a saucepan with water and bring to a simmer. Put the egg yolks, lemon juice, vinegar and 1 tablespoon water into a medium heatproof bowl and whisk until fully combined. (You're making a double boiler here). Put the bowl over the water, making sure that it does not touch the water, and whisk about 1 minutes until the edges are thick and foamy.

Slowly add the melted butter, whisking well until the sauce is thick and creamy. It should leave a trail if the whisk is lifted. Season well with salt and pepper.

NOTE: My hollandaise sat while I made the eggs so it got a little thick. I just added a little warm water and whisked til creamy again.

Oh my goodness, that looks so good! I want!


Here are my Christmas Trees! You can click on the pictures to make them larger if you want.

I have a full size artificial tree. I really like the real ones but I just can't cut one down. I know they're grown specifically for that purpose and they're recycled, but I just can't do it. It's so sad to me. So we have a fake one and I'm okay with that because the one year I had a real tree, it wilted and sagged and dropped needles everywhere!

This is the little 3 foot tree we put up in honor of our sons. It's full of little boy ornaments- a rubber ducky, crayons, power tools, planes, trains and automobiles, and of course angels. I love it.

And this is my Kiss Tree. It's a wooden piece that folds flat in the shape of a tree. Then you fan it out and place Hershey Kisses on the boughs. Cute huh? It was given to Mr. H several years ago by his great aunt I think. We look forward to putting it up every year.

See you tomorrow for another breakfast treat and more of my Christmas decorations!


Jeanette said...

I love eggs benedict also. Sometimes instead of muffins I use a baked potato! Yummy

Katie said...

Another delicious breakfast. I love toasted English muffins. All your Christmas trees and lovely, so festivly decorated.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I have yet to make eggs benedict on my own. Your Christmas tree is stunning but I want your chocolate christmas tree..

Donna-FFW said...

I love your version better..

Those trees are gorgeous Monica..

I am showing my hubby that wooden one.. Id love to have something similiar, how awesomely festive.

cookies and cups said...

yummy breakfast and beautiful trees! Can I come to your house on Christmas morning?
I love the kiss tree, never seen one like that? How often does it get knocked over? ;)

Gretchen said...

Holy cow your eggs benedict look great! It is one of my favorite breakfast foods - but I've never made it myself. I think I will try your recipe! And your trees are beautiful. I've never seen a chocolate kiss tree before - what a fun decoration!

gin said...

Eggs benedict is one of my absolute favorite things! I can't wait to attempt to make it myself.

bridget {bake at 350} said...

I'll be over around 8am. :)

Jean Badgley said...

YUMMM...Day two is just as good as Day 1...great choices...

I have ordered these many times, but have never made are giving me courage...

The Duchess of Wessex said...

Eggs Benedict is my FAVORITE breakfast item. And, you're right, it's not as common to menus as it should be! There is a place in Salinas, CA called First Awakenings and they make the BEST eggs benedict on the planet. Well, next to your eggs benedict, that is.

Your trees are beautiful. Every home should have several meaningful trees!

Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent!

Andrea said...

Ha, ha! Yes, we call it Canadian Bacon too - but it's also known as Back Bacon on occasion as well. However you "slice" it, Eggs Benny ROCKS. I'm so picky at restaurants though, I usually ask for the hollandaise on the side just in case it's a yucky mix or something!

Lissaloo said...

I really want some Eggs Benedict now. The tree's are gorgeous, the one for your boys is special. And the kiss tree, yummy! :)

Colleen said...

These are a favorite of my husbands...yours came out beautiful, great pictures too!

Leslie Limon said...

I'm always looking to add a little variety to our breakfasts, especially when the kiddies are on vacation from school. I can't wait to try these!

All 3 of your trees are beautiful! :D

girlichef said...

mmmmm, perfect! Eggs Benedict are in my top 5 favorite breakfasts!! Yours have set my mouth a watering this morning :D All of your trees are great!

Brandy L said...

I love eggs benedict and anything that has bacon on it! Looking at this is making me hungry for eggs!

Michel-lee said...

Oh, How I long to have some breakfast right now since I didn't have any today but it's lunch time at work *shucks*. Your trees are beautiful. I love the one w/ the kisses. Have a Merry Christmas.

tamilyn said...

I have never had eggs benedict before. They look good, but never tried them.

I love all your trees. We can't do real as both me and the hubby have allergies, and our short, thin tree works for our small space :)

oneordinaryday said...

Ya know, I've never had eggs benedict. We don't go out for breakfast much, and it always just seems so fancy to try to make at home. Seems like I'm wrong though, doesn't it? Maybe I'll try it one of these weekends. The photos look delish!!

I love your Christmas trees, Monica. Thanks for sharing them with us. I like when there's a story behind our holiday decorations.

queenofpeanuts said...

Where I'm from (Northern BC) we call it Back Bacon :)
I love Eggs Benny! Yours looks so good!

Kerstin said...

Such pretty Christmas trees - I love the kiss one! I'm not a fan of runny eggs, but my hubby would gobble this up :)

Tia said...

cute kiss tree!
i'm scared to make hollanaise but u make it look easy. also, i don't think we call it CDN bacon... just bacon. lol.

Amber said...

I want this right this very minute...but I am at work with no stove...(tears)....YUMMMMMMMMMMY!

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