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Foolproof Poached Eggs

Foolproof Poached Eggs

I realised as I was writing that title that this is a pretty big shout but it’s impossible to exaggerate how much this method has revolutionised my breakfast abilities! Previously poached eggs were a traumatic experience that I avoided at all costs. Every time I attempted them I ended up with horrible bits of egg white floating everywhere and the yolk either hard boiled to the point of rubber, or it just gave up and completely disappeared.

In a moment of desperation, I started Googling ways to cook poached eggs that did not involve swirling water around in a pan or myths about white vinegar solving all your poached egg problems (it does not). I came across this cling film method from Jamie Oliver (link here) and the rest, as they say, was history.

Jamie uses a lot of other ingredients – herbs and salmon mainly – to make his but I’ve simplified it to produce normal poached eggs. So far so good!

What you will need:

  • Mug/glass
  • Clingfilm
  • Eggs
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Chilli flakes (optional if you like spice)
  • Oil of some sort

Method:

  • Cut off a large square of cling film, place over your mug and push the centre down into the mug
  • Pour a few drops of oil onto the cling film and gently oil the inside. Add salt and pepper, and chilli flakes if using and spread around
  • Crack your egg into the mug, onto the cling film. Fold up the corners and twist tightly just above the egg, tie in a knot (if you’re struggling use a hair bobble or elastic band to tie together)
  • At this point it should resemble the below:

 

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  • Bring a pan of water to the boil, turn down to a simmer and add your eggs
  • Cook for 4-5 mins until the white has fully set and has the consistency of mozzarella/burrata. NOTE – if during cooking you can see the yolk and the white is setting beneath, get a fork or utensil and gently tip them over so the white surrounds the yolk
  • Remove from the water, place on a flat surface and get your scissors ready. Gently snip away at the knot and peel away the cling film
  • Turn out onto your place and voila – a perfectly round poached egg!

 

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Serve on toast with avocado, make Eggs Royale (below) or go the full hog like me (above) and add my homemade baked beans, sausages and sourdough toast. YUM.

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