We no longer support this version of Internet Explorer. Please update your browser for a better experience of All4.com. For more information visit our FAQs

Section navigation

Eggs Benedict with Spinach Muffins Recipe

A classic brunch recipe with homemade hollandaise sauce and green muffins

Serves 4


  • Glug of white wine vinegar
  • 8 eggs
  • 16 slices ham

For the spinach muffins

  • 30g butter
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • Big bunch of spinach
  • Grating of nutmeg
  • 450g strong white flour
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Semolina, for dusting the table (or you can use flour)

For the hollandaise sauce

  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Squeeze of lemon


1. To make the muffins, in a pan melt the butter and sugar together. Add the milk and mix together. Add the yeast, stir then add the spinach and wilt by mixing it through. Add a grating of nutmeg.

2. Put the flour and the sea salt into the bowl of a freestanding mixer. Add the spinach mixture and mix for 10 minutes at half speed. Cover the bowl and leave the dough to rest and rise for 30 minutes.

3. When it’s risen, dust your surface with semolina and stretch the dough out; you want it about half an inch thick. Sprinkle more semolina on top of the dough and using a round cutter cut out the muffins. Heat a frying pan until hot then dry-fry the muffins for 5 minutes on each side until they are crisp and golden.

4. To make the hollandaise, first melt the butter very gently in a saucepan. Set to one side. In another pan, heat some water and place a bowl on top (this is called a bain marie). Add the vinegar and egg yolks, then whisk in a pinch of salt. Keep whisking over the heat till the yolks start to thicken. This is called a sabayon.

5. Reduce the heat and keep whisking, then slowly trickle in the melted butter, whisking all the while. As the melted butter is whisked into the egg yolk it will start to thicken like a mayonnaise. Keep adding until all the butter is mixed in. You should have a fairly thick yellow sauce. Squeeze in some lemon juice. This slightly thins the sauce and freshens the flavour. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

6. To poach the eggs, bring a large pan of water to a gentle simmer and add the vinegar. Carefully break in the eggs and poach for 2 minutes for runny yolks, or until the eggs are firm but tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain the excess water.

7. Break the muffins in half. Spread over a little butter if you're feeling naughty. Lay a piece of ham on each half of the muffin. Place the eggs on the ham and spoon the hollandaise sauce over the lot. A twist of pepper is about all that is needed.

Recipe from The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Published by Headline