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Poached eggs with elderflower hollandaise

Nicole Pisani

A tasty spring recipe that’s perfect for Sunday brunch – or a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed

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5 mins


20 mins






  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 3 tsp elderflower vinegar
  • English muffin
  • 200g spring greens, shredded
  • Onion jam
  • Primrose flowers & red shiso leaves to garnish (optional)


Begin by poaching two of the eggs. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, add a splash of white wine vinegar and reduce to a simmer. Crack each egg into a cup first and then slide into the water. Poach for 3-4 mins, depending on how soft you like your egg. Remove with a slotted spoon.

Sauté the shredded spring greens in a little butter to soften, then season.

For the hollandaise, melt 125g unsalted butter and skim away any white solids. Keep the butter warm while you bring a pan of water to a simmer. In a bowl that fits over the top of the pan, whisk together the yolks of the two remaining eggs, plus the elderflower vinegar, until you have an airy foam (sabayon). Remove this from the heat and whisk in a little of the butter before putting back over the heat, whisking all the time. Repeat until all the butter is added and you have a mayonnaise texture. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Halve and toast the muffin, spread over a little sweet onion jam, then add the spring greens followed by the poached egg. Pour over some elderflower hollandaise and garnish with cress or edible spring flowers.

Image: Regula Ysewijn

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