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Sunday brunch at Le Caprice was a busy session with a menu very completely different to the remainder of the week, that includes classics like chowder, corned beef hash and kedgeree. I launched this dish to it 30-odd years in the past. I’ve featured it on my menus ever since, renaming it eggs De Beauvoir once I began to smoke my very own salmon within the again backyard of my home on De Beauvoir Road in Hackney. Recently I’ve switched to utilizing cold-smoked trout, preferring to make use of the big fish reared by Mark and Fiona Firth on their Dorset trout farm.


Prep time: quarter-hour

Cook time: 35 minutes




For the hollandaise sauce

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, roughly chopped
  • a couple of sprigs of tarragon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 2 giant egg yolks

To serve

  • 2 English muffins, halved
  • 4 giant eggs
  • 120-150g cold-smoked trout


  1. Put the vinegar, shallot, herbs and peppercorns in a saucepan with 2 tbsp water and warmth to cut back the liquid to a few dessertspoonful. Strain and go away it to 1 facet.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan and simmer it gently for 4-5 minutes, or till it seems to be like it’s separating.
  3. Remove it from the warmth, go away to chill a bit, then pour off the pure golden butter the place it has separated from the paler whey. Discard the whey. This will assist to maintain the sauce thick.
  4. Put the egg yolks right into a small stainless-steel bowl with half of the vinegar discount and whisk over a pan of gently simmering water till the combination begins to thicken and turn out to be frothy.
  5. Slowly trickle within the butter, whisking repeatedly – an electrical hand whisk will assist. If the butter is added too rapidly, the sauce will separate.
  6. When you’ve added two-thirds of the butter, style the sauce and add a bit extra or the entire vinegar discount, and season with salt and pepper. Then add the remainder of the butter. The sauce must be simply vinegary sufficient to chop by the oiliness of the butter. Season once more, if needed.
  7. Lay a chunk of cling movie instantly on the floor of the sauce to cease it forming a pores and skin and go away in a heat, not sizzling, place till wanted. The sauce will be reheated briefly over a bowl of sizzling water and evenly whisked once more, however attempt to keep away from doing this if potential.
  8. To serve, evenly toast the muffins and soft-poach the eggs.
  9. Place some trout on every muffin half with a poached egg on high, then coat with a few beneficiant spoonfuls of hollandaise.