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My Recipe for Easy Hollandaise

0501181805aAs a teen-age girl I once laughed at someone who told me that making hollandaise  sauce was hard. I had been making it this simple way for years and it never fails.

My recipe for easy, no break, hollandaise, it is easy to remember, takes no special equipment, not even a whisk.

Ingredients:

  • the juice of one lemon
  • one cold stick of salted butter (or un-salted if you have it, just add salt at the end to taste) A 4 oz standard US stick
  • 2 egg yolks

Tools:

  • A fork
  • a small pot
  • a cooking surface that can be set to low

 

Directions:  Put your yolks into the pot and squeeze your lemon into the the pot, straining the seeds in your fingers. If some seeds get in, just fish them out with the fork. Whisk vigorously with your fork.

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Set your stove to low, or if you are feeling confident 2,  and put on the pan. From here on out you cannot walk away. Your only job here is to stir. Yes you can throw an english muffin in the toaster at this point but it is going to need a little love to not turn into scrambled eggs.

Unwrap your stick of butter and divide in half. Stab your half stick with the fork and stir your eggy/lemon liquid with the butter. It will slowly melt. When that half is melted give it another rigorous whisking with that fork, just so it knows who’s the boss.0501181746a

Stab the other half and melt it in to what is probably looking pretty good. Once it has also melted you can do the happy dance but, take it off of the heat.  If it is too thin, continue to stir over the heat to thicken up. But never leave it alone on the heat.

It is SO simple right. You will never even think of eating it out of a packet again. (Disclaimer, this recipe contains undercooked eggs. I ate the packet kind when I was pregnant because of the risk associated with eating undercooked eggs.)

Tell me, what is your favorite thing to eat hollandaise on? Find out what mine is in the comments. And don’t forget to follow me so that you don’t miss out! Or post pictures of your creations using the hashtag #hollendaiseathome. I would love to see what you are proud of.

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Paletas

DING! I am full of ideas. I always have been. I always begin something and then get board with it rather quickly. I used to love to trail run. For like, 8 times then for no good reason, I stopped. I used to know how to knit. But, I will always love dessert.

Today we make: Roasted Peaches and Cream Popsicles! Paletas are one of my very favorite summertime treats and Joe will never turn down anything peaches and cream.

My oven is still not connected but, I am resourceful and my cuisanart toaster oven will have to do the heavy lifing of roasting my peaches for me today. (Thank you Cohens for the wedding gift that has made a year without an oven tolerable.)

For the last few weeks I have been making paletas like crazy. I’m a little obsessed.

The recipes are so easy.0819171753.jpg

First make a simple syrup with sugar and water on the stove and let cool.

Then blend 80% of your fruit until smooth. (I use a vitamix because it is the blender I have.) Once you have a smooth consistency then add in the other 20% and blend until you have some small chunks throughout.  And here is the secret: taste it. The amount of simple sugar you will need will vary from batch to batch. I know, not really rocket science. But really, taste it and make it sweeter with your cooled simple syrup.

Some things that I have learned. Things are not as sweet after they are frozen. You want your base to be crazy sweet.

Peel your peaches by boiling for a minute or two and plunging in ice-water. The skins are a little unsettling.

To get beautiful creamy swirls: Sweeten some half and half, or don’t, I prefered it sweet whereas Joe thought that unsweetened was a nice change. Fill your mold 2/3 full and then add the cream. Using a clean popsicle stick swirl that cream in and make sure you get the sides. Freeze overnight.

The cream doesn’t set as hard as a non-creamy like ginger-basil-lemonade. (Yeah, that is flavor I am working on perfecting too).  So setting overnight prevents stick slippage.

Go out and buy a big popsicle freezer bike because all of the sudden you are making the best popsicle that you have ever tasted.

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