High tea anyone? English muffins sound exotic and complicated to make from scratch (blame it on the mysterious foreign accent), but surprisingly, cooking these delicious no-salt morsels follows an easy and oh-so-British straightforward approach. In commemoration of the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee, we thought it fitting to start our morning making homemade English muffins and end our brekkie celebration with an Eggs Benedict brunch.
Yes – you’ve just read it correctly, Eggs Benedict, your highness. It’s a fully loaded phrase that you don’t often hear on an I-try-to-eat-healthier food blog. By now, all of the naughty imagery associated with Eggs Benedict should have been unleashed from the deep dark depths of your memory bank, causing your serotonin levels to serge. If we did our jobs right, we’ve probably just made your oh-so-healthy rubber neck take a one-eighty [degree spin] toward the dark side to pause and enjoy the view. For a moment or two, you revel in the pleasure. As you extend your arm’s reach and grab hold of the pitchfork named temptation, your inner guardian angel tries to snap you out of your trance. Wake up, please – just wake up!
So while your good-conscience struggles to claw back your intentions to the lighter I’m-living-on-the-healthy-side and you try to screw your head back on straight, you’ll have to pardon us for inadvertently causing you whiplash. (Okay, well maybe the whiplash wasn’t exactly unplanned – after all, we have been known to act irreverently on occasion).
In fact, our version of Eggs Benedict is pretty guilt free – or as close as we’re probably going to get. We’ve paired my mom’s no-salt English muffins recipe (below) with our newly invented velvety mock hollandaise sauce. Our mock hollandaise sauce doesn’t use butter or mayonnaise (and it’s just as creamy, being olive oil based), so we can sauce up our eggs bennie like nobody’s business. Oh, its comfort food at its finest!
Keeping on the egg theme, we’ve structured today’s Eggs Benedict series after an Easter Egg hunt. You can find a some of our healthier (vegetable-based) Eggs Benedict ideas over at Foodista Reinventing Eggs Benedict: Lightening the Love. Our Velvety Mock Hollandaise Recipe (so we can eat more portions of eggs Benedict, just kidding…well, not really…) is posted over on Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs blog.
And Bob’s your uncle (a common British expression for, and there you have it)! Pip pip, cheerio!