Someone spooning hollandaise over eggs benedict

Crumpet eggs royale

  • serves 4
  • A little effort

Crumpets are a great all-round kitchen ingredient. Mark Hix's variation on the classic eggs benedict features smoked salmon, duck eggs and homemade hollandaise – the perfect breakfast dish


Make this crumpet eggs royale, then check out our eggs Benedict, Turkish eggs and bacon and egg muffins, plus discover more delicious egg recipes and brunch recipes.



  • crumpets 4
  • duck eggs 4
  • smoked salmon 120g


  • white wine vinegar 75ml
  • shallot 1 long, roughly chopped
  • tarragon a sprig
  • bay leaf ½ a small
  • peppercorns 6
  • unsalted butter 200g
  • egg yolks 2


  • Step 1

    First, make the hollandaise. Put the vinegar, shallot, herbs, peppercorns and 40ml of water in a pan and reduce the liquid to about a dessertspoonful. Strain it and put aside.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, melt the butter in a separate small pan and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove it from heat, leave to cool a little, then pour off the pure butter where it has separated from the whey, which will be left in the bottom of the pan. Discard the whey. This helps to keep the sauce thick.

  • Step 3

    Put the egg yolks into a small heatproof bowl with half of the vinegar reduction and whisk over a pan of gently simmering water until the mixture begins to thicken and become frothy.

  • Step 4

    Slowly trickle in the butter, whisking continuously – an electric hand whisk will help. If the butter is added too quickly the sauce will separate.

  • Step 5

    When you have added two-thirds of the butter, taste the sauce and add a little more or all of the reduction. Then add the remaining butter, little by little, as before. The sauce should not be too vinegary but the vinegar should just cut the oiliness of the butter. Add a splash of water if it’s a little thick. Season, cover and leave in a warm, not hot, place until needed. The sauce can be reheated over a bowl of hot but not simmering water and lightly whisked again, but this may not be necessary.

  • Step 6

    Toast the crumpets, then poach the eggs. Lay the smoked salmon on the crumpets, then the poached eggs on top. Spoon over the sauce and serve immediately.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 633
  • Fat 52.1g
  • Saturates 27.1g
  • Carbs 17.9g
  • Sugars 1.8g
  • Fibre 1.3g
  • Protein 22.4g
  • Salt 2.8g