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Simple 2 Minute Easy Hollandaise Sauce

Spoon of easy hollandaise being scooped from a small white bowl.

This simple 2 minute easy hollandaise sauce is delicious and stress free. You can put your whisk away!!! This hollandaise sauce is delicious and using my method it is easy to make at home!

Use it for eggs benedict, as a dip for vegetables or a pour over sauce for steak or chicken. A rich and buttery sauce with the mild tang of lemon juice.

This post was originally published in Feb 2015.

A spoon scooping up a dollop of easy Hollandaise sauce from a white bowl.

How to make Easy Hollandaise

My method uses an immersion blender (also known as a stick blender emulsion blender, wand blender, or hand blender) to combine the eggs, lemon and butter.

This means you don’t have to spend 10 minutes whisking and you don’t have to worry about your hollandaise sauce splitting. YUP! You don’t have to worry about it splitting as my method ensure it won’t happen.

But why does hollandaise sauce split?

There are a few reasons why sauces split but for hollandaise it is usually one of two:

The melted butter was added too quickly. If the butter is added too quickly, the egg, which is what emulsifies the sauce, cannot do it’s job and you find your butter just puddles at the bottom of the bowl. When we emulsify something we are trying to combine oil and water, if the process doesn’t work you find the two layers will seperate. (In traditional methods you can add a small amount of boiling water and this will help to bring the sauce back together)

The hollandaise sauce gets too hot. If the temperature of your sauce gets too high, the eggs start to coagulate, i.e you are starting to make scrambled egg. Once that happens the eggs cannot work as an emulsifier and your sauce splits. (In traditional methods if this occurs it is almost impossible to rectify. Sometimes plunging the bowl into ice water and whisking like a crazy person can help)

BUT DON’T WORRY!!!
With my method you don’t have to worry about either of these!

I use a stick blender, which combines the butter and egg really quickly. Imagine the flash is whisking the hollandaise. This speed and a slow but constant flow of butter doesn’t allow the eggs and butter to seperate.

I ensure the sauce is never above 110ºF, which stops the chance of the egg scrambling. To do this the eggs and lemon are combined with the stick blender. The friction here warms the egg yolks up. Then you add the melted butter straight from the microwave. This has enough heat to thicken the sauce, but not enough to scramble the eggs. Plus because everything happens so quickly thanks to the stick blender, you get easy hollandaise sauce in 2 minutes! So nothing has time to cool down and therefore doesn’t needed heating back up.

Spoon in a white bowl of easy hollandaise with butter, lemon and egg in the background.

What are the ingredients in hollandaise sauce?

Hollandaise sauce uses simple ingredients to make something extra special. You can see the ingredients in the photo above.

  • eggs
  • lemon
  • butter

A pinch of cayenne or pepper is usually added but even without that your hollandaise will be amazing! Creamy, thick and lemony. (please use fresh lemons the flavor is so much nicer than the plastic stuff in a bottle)

What butter to use when making hollandaise sauce

My recipe for easy hollandaise sauce calls for unsalted butter and then adds additional salt. Which seems odd but the salt content of salted butter varies so much. And too much salt in your hollandaise can seriously ruin a meal!

So my preferred method is to use unsalted butter and then salt the sauce. BUT! On any given day you won’t usually find unsalted butter in my house, so if I suddenly get the urge for hollandaise I will use salted butter. It will still work and still be super easy. Just don’t add any additional salt until the hollandaise sauce is finished and you have tasted it.

Ingredient focus - Butter, cut lemon and a whole egg sat on a paper bag with a bowl of easy hollandaise in the corner.

 Will hollandaise keep in the fridge?

The short answer is yes, your hollandaise will keep in the fridge for 2 days. BUT it is very hard to reheat hollandaise.

I have had success by placing the jug into a bowl of boiling water and then after a couple of minute using the immersion blender to re-blend the sauce and distribute the heat.
But it doesn’t always work perfectly.

Try spreading cold hollandaise on toast and topping with a poached egg. It isn’t quite egg benedict but it is good!

What can hollandaise sauce be used on?

  • The classic Eggs Benedict or Eggs Florentine.
  • Dip your favourite steamed veg into it. Asparagus and roasted broccoli work very well.
  • Use as a sauce for artichoke leaves.
  • Serve with boiled waxy potatoes as an alternative to aioli.
  • Add an extra dash of lemon juice and pour over salmon.
  • Pour over a fresh spinach and smoked salmon salad.
  • Add extra pepper and serve with seared swordfish and fries. (unlike gordon ramsey I like swordfish and hollandaise)
  • Pour over a baked potato instead of the usual melted butter.
  • Leftover hollandaise solidifies. I rather enjoy that spread over hot toast 😳

Enjoy x


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Simple 2 Minute Easy Hollandaise Sauce

This simple 2 minute easy hollandaise sauce is delicious and stress free. Use it for eggs benedict, as a dip for vegetables or a pour over sauce for steak or chicken. A rich and buttery sauce with the mild tang of lemon juice. Delicious and using my method you can make easy hollandaise sauce at home!

Course Sauce
Cuisine French
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 185 kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts

Ingredients

You can change the measurement from US to metric at the bottom of this list

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (see notes)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp salt (see notes)
  • Pinch of pepper - cayenne/white/black all work
  • 4 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

You will need a immersion blender (also called stick blender, wand blender, hand blender) for this recipe.

  1. Place the butter in a small pan and melt it over a low heat. (Don't allow the butter to brown and turn off the heat as soon as the butter is just melted.)

  2. Whilst the butter is melting, put the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt (if using) and pepper into a jug that the head of your immersion blender fits into.

  3. Blend the egg yolk mixture for a minute, until it lightens in colour and is well combined.
  4. Keeping the blender in the jug, and with it running on the slowest setting, slowly pour over the hot melted butter.
  5. As the sauce combines move the blender up through the sauce.
  6. Check the sauce, it should be slightly lemony and lightly seasoned.
  7. You can now add extra lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Add as required and give it a quick blend to combine.
  8. This is best served immediately but if that isn't possible place the jug in a bowl of body temperate water for up to an hour.

Recipe Notes

*If using salted butter, omit the salt from the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Simple 2 Minute Easy Hollandaise Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1.5 tbsp)
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 135mg 45%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Potassium 83mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 14%
Vitamin C 43%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Spoon of easy hollandaise being scooped from a small white bowl.

Simple 2 Minute Easy Hollandaise Sauce Anecdote
(aka my recipe ramble for those who love the waffle)

Have you ever seen a TV chef make a hollandaise sauce? It is amazing to watch the eggs and butter come together to form a glorious pale yellow sauce. But the effort! Now I don’t mind effort in the kitchen, I will happily spend a few hours cooking a meal, but the effort to make a hollandaise sauce isn’t time, it’s physical effort. And that isn’t something I often embrace 😉 They whisk and whisk and whisk away; their arm muscles get a serious workout. I have tried it and I get arm ache within a minute!

Aside from the effort there is the constant worry that the sauce will split and everything will have to be thrown away!

Nope!!! Traditional hollandaise sauce is a non-starter for me, I am just not the arm aching, food throwing away kind of cook. So I have come up with the most perfect easy hollandaise sauce and there isn’t a whisk in sight.

I love this method so much, I show everyone!!!!!!
I even made it for some friends whilst a little drunk at the end of a party. Me and a few friends standing around a jug, cheering as the sauce came together and then reaching for bread sticks and lettuce leaves to eat the sauce we had made! I KNOW!!!! Parties at my house are so much fun 😉


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Easy Hollandaise Sauce | This simple 2 minute easy hollandaise sauce is delicious and stress free. 
Using my simple method you can have delicious hollandaise sauce at home.
Use it for eggs benedict, as a dip for vegetables or a pour over sauce for steak or chicken. A rich and buttery sauce with the mild tang of lemon juice. 
Recipe by Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious Food for Easy Entertaining
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    I’ll share this recipe with my mother-in-law — thanks for sharing it with us!

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      I hope your MIL approves 😀

  1. Reply

    This is so funny, I just posted a recipe for hollandaise this morning! I love your recipe, I never thought of using an immersion blender. Hollandaise sauce is so delicious!

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      Great minds eh!
      The immersion blender makes it so easy 😀

    • April
    • April 2, 2018
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    Hollandaise sauce is something I have not tried yet. I think I find it kind of intimidating but as I read the ingredients, I have to say, it looks pretty simple to make. I need to get over my fears and make this. It sounds amazing!

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      I do hope you give it a go as it is is a wonderful sauce and so simple to make.

  2. Reply

    I haven’t tried Hollandaise sauce at home. this recipe sounds really easy as it is less than 5 with help of immersion blender. I will try it.

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      It really is so simple to make at home, I hope you get to give it a go Swathi.

  3. This is a recipe I’m going to pin and go back to again and again. A great Hollandaise sauce is a great addition to so many dishes. Thank you for posting the tips — I’m planning on a special breakfast this coming week that will include your sauce.

    1. Reply

      Oh I do hope you enjoy it Marisa, it is such a fav in our house.
      Enjoy your special breakfast x

  4. Reply

    I’ve never made hollandaise sauce just out of fear of failure. I’m the least patient cook and I know I would ruin it. But your detailed explanation and easier method of making the sauce is tempting me to make this some time soon.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Pavani, it always looks so time consuming when the chefs do it over a pan of hot water. But I promise my method is so much easier 😀

  5. Reply

    I love how simple and easy it is to make. My kids love hollandaise on their eggs benedicts – classic!! Going to try this soon.

    1. Reply

      I hope your kids love it 😀

    • Nora
    • April 1, 2018
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    I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I grew up with hollandaise sauce from a carton – and I always thought it was SO hard to make from scratch! But your method with the stick blender was perfect – thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      It really is so easy, and I promise it tastes so much better than a carton!

    • Michelle
    • April 1, 2018
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    I have been searching for a good hollandaise recipe for very long time, all the recipes so far end in disaster. Thank you, I have finally found one that works.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Michelle, I am so happy you gave it a try. It’s a keeper isn’t it!
      Thank you for coming back to comment 😀

  6. Reply

    I have such a love/hate relationship with hollandaise. In so many restaurants it’s just so thick and heavy, it’s overwhelming. But I’ve also found a couple that were made well, and SO delicious. I’m going to give your homemade version a try, and hope I can recreate the ones I love

    1. Reply

      Thank you Karyl 😀

  7. Reply

    WOW…this has got to be the easiest method I have ever seen to making this sauce. I usually skip making this sauce since it is usually labour intensive. Now that I know it can be made like this….I will do it this way from now on.

    1. Reply

      It really is so simple. I am sure you are going to love it!

  8. Reply

    I’ve always been so scared to try and make my own hollandaise sauce. But now I think I will have to give it a try!

    1. Reply

      I do hope you love this method as much as I do 😀

    • Amanda
    • March 30, 2018
    Reply

    I love a good hollandaise and yours looks so perfectly creamy! I’ll have to try the immersion blender method – it looks so foolproof! There’s nothing like hollandaise with poached eggs or asparagus. So, so good.

    1. Reply

      I promise it is so easy to make, I hope you love it 😀

    • Sues
    • March 30, 2018
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    Hollandaise is my favorite sauce in the world! I’ve had MANY hollandaise fails (and gone through way too much butter in the process!) and my ultimate recipe is similar to this one. Sometimes simple really is the best, right?? Your explanations and tips are super helpful!

    1. Reply

      Once you get it right it is such a great recipe to have under your belt isn’t it.
      Glad you found the post helpful 😀

  9. Reply

    Ya know… I’ve made hollandaise sauce a million times, but not once have I put it on something that wasn’t eggs benedict. What’s wrong with me?!

    1. Reply

      Hehe, try it with grilled asparagus……so GOOD !!!!

  10. Reply

    My family is big on Hollandaise, but I hate making it the traditional way. I am most def going to have to try this blender method, stat! Bring on the eggs Benedict!!

    1. Reply

      It is so stressful the traditional way isn’t it! I just love this method.

    • Debbye
    • March 19, 2018
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    oh, my, I love a good hollandaise sauce and this looks so lemony and fresh, can’t wait to try it.

    1. Reply

      I always think you should really taste the lemon in a hollandaise sauce. I hope you love it.

  11. Reply

    Oh this recipe sounds so good!its just 2mins you said?I never tried making my own but I am loving this recipe.

    1. Reply

      Yup, just two minutes, it is so quick and delish!

  12. Love this recipe, will make it for sure for our eggs benny. No more packaged hollandaise sauce for us. Thank you!

    1. Reply

      Oh I hope you love it. This is miles away from the packet hollandaise 😀

  13. Reply

    I don’t make hollandaise sauce often enough. This looks absolutely amazing. That buttery, creamy sauce would go great with some poached eggs and asparagus tonight!

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      It is just such a great sauce and I promise so simple. Enjoy 😀

  14. Reply

    I wish you – I haven’t tried making hollandaise sauce yet because I have been intimidated and overwhelmed by the effort involved and the dire predictions of the sauce separating. But a 2 minute blender version? Now that I can totally do!

    1. Reply

      Oh I do hope you give this method a go. It is really simple and so worth cleaning the stick blender for 😉

  15. Reply

    Interesting! Now, I’ve made blender Hollandaise sauce for years – don’t remember now where I learned how – but I’d not had it work quite right with the stick blender. I thought I needed the jar on the traditional one. So this is in some ways even easier than mine! Cool!

    1. Reply

      It really does work Anne, as long as your jug/cup measure isn’t too wide. You want the head of the stick blender to fit. Then pour the butter at a slowish speed. No need to drip it it, but don’t pour it in, in one fast pour. I use this method at least once a fortnight and we love it.

  16. Reply

    This is how my husband taught me how to make hollandaise! He learned this at a restaurant he used to work for as a line chef! I love this immersion blender method! A real game-changer for all lovers of eggs benny, like us!

    1. Reply

      I can well imagine restaurants using this method, it really is that quick.
      Eggs Benny…..just the best treat of a breakfast 😀

  17. Reply

    I love hollandaise sauce and I love anything that says 5 minutes. Mine sure takes longer than 5 mins. Gotta try this the next time rounds. Such a pretty color. Saving for later.

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      Thank you Veena, it really is a quick method that just works so well.

  18. I love hollandaise sauce. This method is amazingly simple. My mother and I used to make a faux hollandaise sauce that began with a white sauce, but I think this method tastes better. It’s more authentic without being difficult.

    1. Reply

      It is so simple, even with only 1 coffee under my belt I can knock this up in the morning for a treat breakfast of eggs benedict 😀
      I hope you give it a go

  19. Hollandaise is such a luscious sauce! I’m not sure why I tend to save it for special occasions when it can be done so quickly like this. I’ve done it in a blender before and had much more luck than the stovetop version, but I love the idea to use an immersion blender, too!

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      I know what you mean, so often we forget that our favourite foods can be enjoyed on a random Tuesday as well as our birthday 😉
      I hope you give this method a go.

    • Pam
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    Brilliant! I would have never thought of using an immersion blender for hollandaise sauce, but it makes perfect sense!

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      It works so well, as long as you don’t add the butter all at once.
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    I just love hollandaise sauce! Since this only takes five minutes, I’m more like to make it now!

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      It really is so quick!

    • Traci
    • February 27, 2018
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    Everyone needs a classic go-to recipe for hollandaise. I dare say, I’ve only made it once or twice in my life. I’ll be pinning this recipe for future use. Thanks, Claire!

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      I agree, it is a skill that you can use for so many dishes.
      I hope you try it soon 😀

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    I need to try this! My family loves eggs Benedict, but we avoid making it because the Hollandaise is so tricky. This looks much easier!

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      Oh I am glad!!!
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    • Danielle
    • February 27, 2018
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    This looks so easy! I really should try to make it myself, as we love eggs florentine.

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      Yes!!! Eggs florentine is one of my dad’s favourite too (but with GF bread!)
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    I have never made a hollandaise sauce at home – can you believe it? This looks incredibly easy and I definitely want to try it out ASAP. Love the pictures.

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      It is such a great sauce to master and I love my method as it doesn’t give me arm ache 😉
      Thank you.

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    Ever since I read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential I avoid restaurant hollandaise and only make it at home! I use my immersion blender to make mine – very similar process that you detail here, but no blender to clean up after.

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      Hi April,

      Thank you!!!! I must add that to the recipe, here in Australia we call immersion blenders stick blenders, I must add alternative names to my recipes! Like you say I don’t want people thinking they have to wash up a whole big blender jug!

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        Ah! Now that I read it again I see that 🙂 Maybe I’m the only one that calls it an immersion blender?

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          I think it must be a capsicum/bell pepper kind of thing. I’ll remember to use both.
          Thank you 😀

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    • Sharyn Parsells
    • July 14, 2016
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    This is the best recipe for hollandaise I have ever used. I can’t believe how easy it was.
    Thank you for sharing 😀

    1. Reply

      Thank you for your kind comment Sharyn. I am so pleased you enjoyed the recipe. Isn’t it wonderful to not have to spend 10 minutes whisking 🙂

  27. Reply

    After its made can it be stored in fridge for day or two?

    1. Reply

      Hi Rita,

      Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. You get a wonderful spreadable sauce that is amazing on toast 😉

      It can be heated up, but it is a bit temperamental and can split. I bring a pan of water to an almost simmer, then remove from the heat and place a bowl of the sauce over the steam. With some whisking you can get the sauce to warm through.

      Hope that helps.

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    • Debbie Mosley
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    Hi Claire….(love your site BTW)…many many years ago in a cookbook called The Cotton Country Collection – put out by the Junior League of Monroe, LA, I had stumbled upon a recipe for Blender Hollandaise which I used successfully many many times. But like a lot of recipes, we move away from or forget them and use other methods of achieving success. I had completely forgotten about that lovely blender Hollondaise till I saw this recipe, and remembered how perfectly is created this silky, satiny sauce that was perfect every time! And SO easy to do too!! Now I’m going to use your recipe (mainly because I can’t find my cotton country cookbook, lol) and make this once more. Thank you for posting it!!

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      Hi Debbie, thank you so much 🙂

      I love that hollandaise is so easy to make using this method. Although my waistline isn’t so impressed 🙂

      Glad to have brought the blender version back into your mind!

      • Linda Ryan
      • June 14, 2016
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      Debbie, The Cotton Country Collection is available from Amazon – lovely little recipe book!!
      Thanks for the great recipes Claire – brilliant website and blog. I’m in the UK.

    • Jorgelina
    • April 4, 2016
    Reply

    Excelent, Excelent. Excelent recipe!!!! I love IT. Beautiful consistency, tastes realy nice. Congratulations for your work!!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much Jorgelina. That has made my day 🙂

    • Dorothy Dunton
    • February 5, 2016
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    Hi Claire! I really, really love this sauce, but I hate having to stand over it and whisk! This is perfectly simple! I have been making stuffing waffles topped with a poached egg and sauce. It is heaven on a plate! Thank you so much! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Oh Dorothy, thank you so much for this comment.
      I love how simple this sauce is, but when I hear others love it too, it makes my day.

      p.s your breakfast sounds scrumptious!!!!

        • Stephen
        • February 9, 2016
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        Hi, I’m giving this a go at the weekend however wondered if you can add whiskey to the sauce? I tried it w while ago and would love to try and replicate. Many thanks.

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          Stephen, I have never tried adding whiskey to it, so can’t say for sure. But I would have thought once it was made and stable adding a little tot shouldn’t curdle it or anything. It might just be a bit runnier than the standard recipe.

          What did they serve the whiskey hollandaise with? I love the sound of it!

            • Stephen
            • February 11, 2016
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            Hi. Had the sauce with black pudding potato cake, poached egg and wilted spinach. Very nice thank you.

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              YUM!
              I might have to try recreating that! Sounds delish!

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    • Daisy
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    I saw this on pinterest and I was sceptical. I have made plenty of recipes for hollandaise over the years and have a favourite recipe that always works, but it does take time. I couldn’t believe this would work, even though I really wanted it to.
    So I tried it and I was surprised and impressed. Not only did it work perfectly, the flavour was great, I used plenty of white pepper as that is how we like it and there was just the right amount of lemon.
    I cannot believe how simple it was. I have sent it to everyone I know!
    Thank you for this recipe

    1. Reply

      Daisy you have just made my day. Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment. This is why I have my blog, I love sharing recipes that just make life easier and fill bellies with yummy food.
      I am so so so happy you found the method simple and the flavour spot on.
      And thank you for sharing it with people, I hope they love it too 🙂

    • Michael
    • May 15, 2015
    Reply

    Just made this sauce to have with Poached Eggs Royale; Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon instead of ham. Absolutely delicious and as easy to make as you describe.

    1. Reply

      Yum!
      Glad you found it easy to make 🙂

  30. Reply

    Claire, the title of this post caught my eye immediately (is it possible?)! I am looking forward to trying your method. Your Hollandaise Sauce is beautiful, as is your photography! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you Joy, I love this method. The key is always the slow addition of the butter whilst the stick blender does the work, but it is still so much faster than whisking over a bain marie.
      And thank you so much for your kind words about my photography, as a fellow blogger I am sure you know how much that means to me.

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