Recipe - Hollandaise Sauce: Delicious, quick and very versatile

Hollandaise Sauce poured over a muffin with poached egg and ham
Hollandaise Sauce poured over a muffin with poached egg and ham

The next five day Cooking Boot Camp course is coming up at the end of August so Matthew Benson-Smith from the Cooking School at Dean Clough presents us with a taster of what’s to come

This week I wanted to talk about hollandaise sauce, which for many cooking enthusiasts is quite a daunting recipe to make.

Chef Matthew Benson-Smith at The Cooking School, Dean Clough

Chef Matthew Benson-Smith at The Cooking School, Dean Clough

The sauce has a lot of pressure attached to it as it’s often found on the menu at top-class restaurants – and rumour has it that it takes a great level of skill to perfect.

However, with this recipe I would like to demonstrate how easy it is to make hollandaise sauce.

It’s the perfect accompaniment to fish, steak or even a great dip for some rustic chunky chips.

You can even make this sauce into a béarnaise by simply chopping some fresh tarragon and folding it in at the end of the process.

If you’re in the mood for a luxury breakfast or you’d like to impress a loved one then toast some muffins, lay on a piece of ham and place a poached egg on top.

Finish by pouring over your silky hollandaise sauce for the perfect Eggs Benedict.

If this recipe has got your inner chef going then I encourage you to look into our 5-day Cooking Bootcamp course, as this is just the tip of the iceberg as to what the course has to offer.

It’s fantastic value at £495 or £845 including luxury B&B accommodation for five nights at the stunning Holdsworth House Hotel.

Hollandaise Sauce

(Quick Version).This recipes makes 280ml


175g butter

3 egg yolks

½ lemon – juiced


ground white pepper

splash of white wine vinegar



Food processor


How to make it

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan.

2. Put the egg yolks, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper into a food processor. Blend at maximum speed and slowly add the melted butter until creamy and thick.

3. Serve immediately.

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August 7, JUNIOR CHEFS’ CLUB - your 8-12 year olds will learn new skills every time (£45)

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