Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

From Marion Cunningham (Fannie Farmer). This hollandaise method is for people who believe they can't make hollandaise. It's absolutely fool-proof and I guarantee it. I love hollandaise for eggs benedict, broccoli and asparagus.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the yolks in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend on low speed for a couple of seconds, just to whisk the eggs.
  3. With the machine running, slowly pour in the boiling water, then, (with the machine still running) very, very, VERY slowly pour in the hot melted butter.
  4. Be patient- you must pour the butter in in the thinnest of streams, like fast drops, or the sauce will break.
  5. Add the lemon juice, salt to taste and the cayenne.
  6. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit more boiling water.
  7. Will hold, sitting in a bowl of warm water, for hours.
Most Helpful

Great texture and the flavor was yummy, but very very mild. Licked from the spoon I enjoyed how rich it tasted, but over a crab salad it was kind of lost. I would make this again, but I think add more pepper and salt.

Annie H February 25, 2004

Very easy to make, lovely texture but a bit bland. It needed a bit more lemon. Salt and cayenne pepper (to taste) was perfect seasoning. We had it over broccoli and it just disappeared!

Northwest Suechef April 27, 2010

My first crack at a from-scratch Hollandaise. Fanny Farmer was my mom's cooking bible, so I was glad to see that as the credited source for this. I had a big crowd, so mine was 6 egg yolks, 8 T lemon juice, 1/4 t cayenne, 1 1/3 cup butter and salt. An immersion blender was just the ticket--it worked wonders, though prior to heating it was pretty runny. Gently heating it in the double boiler tightened it right up. I kept it warm for almost an hour and occasionally it would break--but with a whisk it came right back together again. Straight, it did taste a tad 'too lemony' for me, but I just let it go and found that it was the perfect sauce with the eggs benedict. Who eats hollandaise sauce straight, after all? I mean I get the temptation to, just me and your arteries recommend against it! ;-)

KWB April 04, 2010