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Eggs Benedict

Josh has been bringing me breakfast in bed almost every morning. I am one spoiled pregnant lady. He offers to fix elaborate breakfasts, but I usually only feel like cereal. A bowl of Cheerios with banana slices, strawberries, and blueberries is my “go to” breakfast lately. I think Josh was getting bored with cereal because one morning he made Eggs Benedict for himself.

There are a few steps involved when making Eggs Benedict. Josh started by making the Hollandaise sauce. This was his first time making the rich, buttery sauce, but it came out perfectly. He also fried up some Canadian bacon and carefully poached eggs. Once everything was ready, he toasted an English muffin and topped it with the goods-bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce. He also sprinkled chives on the top for color. I was impressed with his breakfast and he licked his plate clean.

If you usually only order Eggs Benedict at a restaurant, try making it at home for a special breakfast. Eggs Benedict would also be a great addition to your Easter breakfast or brunch menu this year.

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Eggs Benedict  
For the Hollandaise Sauce:

4 egg yolks
½ cup very hot water
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ cups clarified butter

Over medium heat, in the top of a double boiler, add egg yolks, cayenne, salt, and ½ of the water. Stir until mixture reaches the consistency of mayonnaise. Remove from heat. Alternating the water and butter, starting with the water, slowly add the remaining hot water and butter, whisking constantly, until gone. Adding more water will thin the sauce, adding more butter will thicken the sauce. The sauce will get thicker the longer it sits. Keep the sauce warm until ready to serve.

For the poached eggs:

2 large fresh eggs
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

Fill a large saucepan with 3 inches of water. Bring water to a gentle simmer, then add the vinegar. Carefully break eggs into simmering water. Cook for about 3 minutes. Yolks should still be soft in center. Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon and gently place them on a plate. Keep eggs warm until serving.

To finish the Eggs Benedict:

2 pieces Canadian bacon
1 English muffin
Softened butter, for spreading on English muffin
1 tablespoon chopped chives

Brown the Canadian bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat and toast the English muffins.

Spread toasted muffins with softened butter, and top each muffin half with a slice of bacon and one poached egg. Drizzle with Hollandaise sauce and sprinkle with chives. Serve immediately.

Serves 1 with leftover Hollandaise sauce



If you like this Eggs Benedict recipe, you might also like:

Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict from Wives with Knives
Asparagus Eggs Benedict from A Veggie Venture
Eggs Benedict-Cali Style from Soupbelly

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83 Responses to “Eggs Benedict”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet — April 1, 2011 @ 3:29 am

    I wish this was my breakfast this morning!

  2. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — April 1, 2011 @ 4:09 am

    He gets major husband points for taking care of you! A+! This looks delicious.

  3. Heather (heather's dish) — April 1, 2011 @ 4:46 am

    true story: i hated eggs benedict up until 2 weeks ago. i don’t know why or what changed, but now it’s all i want!

  4. Dishes of Mrs. Fish — April 1, 2011 @ 4:50 am

    My husband would love this breakfast. :)

  5. Estela @ Weekly Bite — April 1, 2011 @ 4:58 am

    I love eggs benedict! I order it almost every time we go for brunch. Your’s looks delicious :)

  6. Kelley — April 1, 2011 @ 5:55 am

    Eggs benedict is one of my favorite breakfasts! We have it every year on Christmas morning!

  7. brandi — April 1, 2011 @ 6:06 am

    I love eggs benedict but have yet to make it at home! I always think it’s such a hard dish to make, but it’s not. His looks perfect!

  8. DessertForTwo — April 1, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    This was his first time making hollandaise?? Wow, that’s some impressive kitchen skills!

  9. You very lucky lady to have Josh bring this to you in bed!! Love eggs benedict :)

  10. Jenny Flake — April 1, 2011 @ 7:03 am

    What a sweet hubby to bring you breakfast in bed! Love that. This Eggs Benedict looks fantastic!

  11. Sues — April 1, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    Awww sweetest husband ever! I recently made eggs benedict for my first time and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. It’s my favorite breakfast ever!! :)

  12. Rosa — April 1, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    Oh, yummy! That looks soooo scrummy.



  13. Laurie Jesch-Kulseth — April 1, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    Looks delicious! Probably my all-time favorite breakfast choice (when I’m being bad)!

  14. EatLiveRun — April 1, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    Lucky girl! I hope someday when I get pregnant I have a hubby that brings ME breakfast in bed! 😉 Eggs benedict has always been my favorite breakfast treat—yours looks great!

  15. Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 1, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Breakfast in bed? Lucky girl! I’ve never made eggs benedict. looks yummy!

  16. Tracy — April 1, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    Sounds delicious!

  17. Sarah — April 1, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    This is my favorite breakfast, hands down!

  18. Cookbook Queen — April 1, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Breakfast in bed? You lucky girl!!

    This looks amazing…maybe when you get your appetite back to normal your sweet husband will make this again…for you!! I have never made eggs benedict, but I love to order it for brunch. With lots of mimosas.

  19. Joanne — April 1, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Eggs benedict is one of my most favorite brunch items! That hollandaise sauce just can’t be beat…it’s utterly addictive.

  20. That breakfast is beautiful! I first tried eggs benedict a few months ago and loved it. I wish the hollandaise sauce wasn’t so bad for you!

  21. susan — April 1, 2011 @ 11:32 am glad to see that josh is taking good care of himself!

  22. Melanie — April 1, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Oh, eggs benedict is one of my favorite breakfast (and sometimes for dinner!) meals of all time. This looks divine!

  23. Amanda — April 1, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Gorgeous! Glad Josh is taking good care of you :)

  24. Sarah — April 1, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    I have been reading your blog for some time now and this is the first time that I’ve made a comment. The reason being is because last night I had a dream that you and I were the best of friends, which is weird because I’ve never heard your voice or seen how you are in real life. The subconscience is weird, but at any rate it got me to comment. I think that your recipes are wonderful and inspiring! Good luck with your new little one and hopefully the cereal for breakfast diet won’t last for much longer.

    • twopeas replied: — April 2nd, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

      Too funny! Thanks Sarah!

  25. Parsley Sage — April 1, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Awesome breakfast! He did an ace job :)

  26. Tracey — April 1, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    I’m glad you’re getting spoiled by Josh, you deserve it! :) Josh’s breakfast looks delicious.

  27. Connie Weiss — April 1, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I only order this in restaurants. And the reason is that there are a ton of great restaurants in Denver that make different variations! It’s wonderful!

  28. Sarah — April 1, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    I just drooled.. I am 13 weeks prego and I’ve heard you can’t eat poached eggs which I totally love and am bummed out. This looks so good but it’ll have to wait!!

    • twopeas replied: — April 2nd, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

      I am prego too, but I didn’t eat any-just the hubs:) Congrats!

  29. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 1, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    I love eggs benedict! Yum!! Have a great weekend!

  30. pigpigscorner — April 1, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    I haven’t had this in awhile! Looks sooooo good!

  31. Kalynskitchen — April 1, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Go Josh! I have to admit, if I’m having breakfast out in a nice place this is just what I’ll order!

  32. Cookin' Canuck — April 1, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    It looks as though Josh is pulling out all the stops! Egg benedict is one of my favorite breakfast dishes and this looks wonderful.

  33. Georgia Pellegrini — April 1, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    I especially like the combination of eggs benedict with canadian bacon. Eggs benedict are a classic that never gets old.

  34. Daisy Driver — April 1, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    Funny, I am on a quest right now to find the best Eggs Benedict in my area – I have enlisted my mother in law as my accomplice. We are meeting once a month for breakfast somewhere different each month, we then talk about what made this one better or not as good as the last. We should end it with making it together! I haven’t made it in ages.

  35. Suzannah — April 1, 2011 @ 6:41 pm


  36. Amanda R — April 1, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    You’re very lucky to get breakfast in bed! This looks scrumptious!

  37. Lucy Lean — April 1, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    Looks delicious – did you know April 16 is National Eggs Benedict day?

    • twopeas replied: — April 2nd, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

      Thanks for letting me know. We will have to make this again!

  38. Heather — April 2, 2011 @ 5:44 am

    What a sweet hubby you have! Breakfast in bed is fabulous! But you deserve it. :)
    Eggs Benedict is my hubby’s favorite but I haven’t made it in awhile. I think it’s time to make it soon and Easter brunch is the perfect time.

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  40. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 2, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    This looks scrumptious!

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