Scrambled eggs Heston style

I forgot wilted spinach leaves with my scrambled eggs

Oh well I had spinach leaves and it would have been nice to have something green on the plate.

I’ve been watching a bit of Heston Blumenthal on TV lately and I thought I’d give his scrambled eggs technique a go. I normally cook mine in a frying pan in butter and stir a little once every 15 seconds and the whole thing is usually ready in a couple of minutes.

Heston cooks his eggs low and slow in a bain-marie. I found this YouTube video which shows the technique nicely.

 

 

Heston always seems to add beurre noisette and sherry vinegar. I didn’t do this because I was hungry and didn’t have any unsalted butter or sherry vinegar.

The process of making the scrambled eggs turns out to be really easy although it is time consuming. Putting a glass bowl on a saucepan, i.e., a bain-marie is easy and it’s the first time I’ve used this technique, I’ve never even heated chocolate this way. In my mind it just always seemed like an extra effort and I’m a lazy person and especially a lazy cook.

It takes about seven minutes before anything starts to happen and when it does the fluffy folds of eggs start to come together. By the end the eggs are creamy and really nice. The eggs went nicely with the streaky bacon and the bacon spam.

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Scrambled eggs Heston style
 
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
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Serves: 1
Instructions
  1. Put the bacon and spam into a bench top oven and cook for 20 minutes at 200 °C
  2. Get the water in the saucepan simmering
  3. Break the eggs into the glass bowl and add some cream plus a little salt
  4. Place the bowl over the simmering water and gently stir for about 15 minutes
  5. When the eggs start to come together and look like scrambled eggs take the bowl off the saucepan and put the eggs on a plate
  6. Add the bacon and spam to the plate
  7. Add some dried flowers to the scrambled eggs to make it look pretty
  8. Shoot a photograph
  9. Eat breakfast
  10. Wash the dishes
  11. Write the recipe
  12. Blog (verb)
 

 

A nice big saucepan with water
A nice big saucepan with water
Eggs in the bowl
Eggs in the bowl
Eggs in the ban-marie
Eggs in the ban-marie
Yes my oven is dirty
Yes my oven is dirty
Dried flowers from the Essential Ingredient Canberra
Dried flowers from the Essential Ingredient Canberra
Eggs coming together
Eggs coming together
Eggs are ready
Eggs are ready

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3 Responses

  1. Those look absolutely divine! The new “healthier” me makes my eggs with water, but I could slip in just a drip of milk, perhaps. Oh, and I can’t wait till I get off the stupid meds that help my kidneys and I can have “potassium foods” again. I’m going to eat a TON of spinach. I love spinach and eggs. The dusting of flowers, on top, are just too delightful. What a great recipe!

    1. Thanks Jodi. I really hope you recover quickly and can return to a more acceptable diet. I’m kicking myself about the spinach, I’d bought some specifically for the breakfast.

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