This stunning Eggs Florentine recipe will help you to master this classic breakfast dish. A heavenly combination of fluffy English muffins, spinach, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce, this dish would make a great weekend treat for a loved one. Swap the spinach for smoked salmon to create the equally delicious Eggs Royale, or ham for a classic Eggs Benedict.
To make the Hollandaise, start by clarifying the butter. Place the butter in a pan over a very low heat. Skim away any solids that rise to the top without heating the butter too much – you should be left with a golden clarified butter
Meanwhile, place the shallot, peppercorns and vinegar in a small pan and reduce by ¾. Pass through a sieve and set aside
Place the egg yolks, vinegar reduction and salt in a glass or metal bowl over a large pan of simmering water and whisk until doubled in volume
Remove from the heat and slowly start to add the clarified butter a little at a time until fully incorporated and emulsified. If it is getting a little thick or looking like it is starting to split, just add a little warm water
To poach the eggs, add 1 tbsp of vinegar to a pan of water set over a medium heat. Crack the eggs into small cups and swirl the water. Drop the eggs in one by one and poach for 3 minutes
Meanwhile, toast the muffins and quickly sauté the spinach in a frying pan
Drain the spinach well and arrange over the muffins. Top each half with a poached egg. Warm the Hollandaise gently over a pan of simmering water before spooning generous amounts over the eggs to serve
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