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This has been a favorite ever since I saw Doris Day eating it in Please Don't Eat The Daisies . This is the best recipe I've found. It came from McCall's Cooking School Cookbook, and it's not as complicated as it sounds.
- Prepare Hollandaise sauce:.
- In top in double boiler, with wire whisk, beat egg yolks with 2 tbs. water just until blended.
- Cook over hot, not boiling, water, stirring constantly with whisk, until mixture begins to thicken. (This will take about 1 minute).
- Add butter to egg yolks, 1 piece at a time,beating after each addition until butter is melted and mixture is smooth before adding the next piece of butter.This takes about 5 minute in all.
- Hot water in double-boiler base should not boil or touch bottom of pan above.
- Remove double boiler top from hot water in base.
- Using a wire whisk, slowly beat in lemon juice, beating just u ntil sauce becomes thick as mayonnaise.
- Stir in 1/ teaspoons salt and cayenne.
- Place top of double boiler over warm water in base (not over heat on stove).
- Cover to keep warm.
- Poach eggs: Lightly butter cups of an egg poacher.
- Fill bottom of egg poacher 1/4 full of water.
- Add 1 teaspoons salt; bring water to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer.
- Break one egg into a custard cup.
- Slip egg into poacher cup.
- Cook 3-5 minute to desired doneness.
- Loosen egg from cup with table knife.
- Place in bowl filled with very warm water.
- Repeat until all eggs are cooked.
- Spread muffins with butter; wrap ham in aluminum foil.
- Broil muffins and ham until muffins are browned and ham is hot.
- To serve: Place two muffin halves on each individual serving plate, buttered side up.
- Top each serving with 1 slice of ham and two well-drained poached eggs.
- Spoon 1/4 cup Hollandaise sauce over each serving and garnish with parsley, if desired.