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Crumpet eggs Benedict

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
From Paul Hollywood's Bread
Whip up a rich, buttery Hollandaise sauce to turn poached eggs into a feast with bacon and toasted crumpets.


  1. To make the hollandaise, place the egg yolks, lemon juice and one tablespoon of water in the bowl of a food processor. Turn on and mix for one minute. With the motor still running very slowly, trickle the warm melted butter through the funnel on the lid of the processor. The sauce with slowly start to thicken. When all the butter has been incorporated, scrape the side of the bowl and give one final pulse. Season with salt and a little white pepper. You should have a rich buttery sauce.

  2. To poach the eggs bring two litres of water to the boil with the vinegar. Lower the heat so the water is not bubbling.

  3. Break the eggs into separate ramekins or cups. Slide the eggs into the water and leave to poach 2-3 minutes. Alternatively, stir the water to form a vortex before you slide the first egg in and cook them one at a time. Cook for 2-3 minutes them remove and drain.

  4. To serve, place a crumpet on a plate and top with a poached egg, spoon over some sauce and arrange the bacon on the side.


For the Hollandaise

  • 3 large free-range eggs, yolks only
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 250g/9oz butter, melted
  • pinch white pepper and salt

For the poached eggs

  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 large free-range eggs

To serve

  • 4 toasted crumpets
  • 4 rashers of grilled maple smoked bacon

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