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Monday, 28 May 2018

Dippy eggs and anchovy butter





Is there anything more English than eating dippy eggs and soldiers while watching the Royal Wedding highlights in bed on a Sunday? Perhaps a glass of pimms...but since it was 10am in the morning I think I can be excused for having a cup of tea with this instead haha.

Eggs and soldiers are great...but do you know what makes it even better? Creamy anchovy butter. Heaven. I have this all the time now after trying it in a restaurant and so long as you have fresh bread you really can't tell the difference. There is just something so more-ish about it. I love it!

Here's how you can make it too:

For the butter:
125g unsalted butter
1 1/2 tbsp garlic (freshly chopped)
Lots of cracked black pepper
4 Anchovy fillets
1 tbsp of cayenne pepper
The juice of 1/4 lemon (not all of it - just for a bit of a kick)

For the rest:
2 eggs per person (at room temperature)
Chunks of fresh bread

For the anchovy butter, chop everything up and blitz it. I cut the butter into 1cm cubes and the anchovies and garlic into genuinely tiny tiny squares as small as I could. Then add the lemon juice to taste.





It's good to use straight away but roll up the excess in clingfilm and form it into a sausage. Store it in the fridge and now you have an amazing butter to put on top of your steaks and potatoes for a really fancy dinner.


For me the perfect boiled egg is 6 minutes. A runny yolk but a cooked white. If you want it more/less set just add or take away 1 minute.

I boil water, put it in a pan and put the heat on so there are just a few bubbles but nothing violent enough to crack the eggs. I then add in room temperature eggs and after the 6 minutes are up immediately plunge them into a bowl of the coldest water I can get from the tap. Don't worry if you have kept your eggs in the fridge, just put them in a bowl of lukewarm water for a few minutes before they go on the bowl. It stops them from getting cracks.

Then slather the anchovy butter liberally on your toast. I like to stack up my 'soldiers' like jenga usually but I'm on a slight diet so I only had one piece *tiny violins*.




Enjoy.

Literally the fanciest breakfast in bed ever and so easy- especially once the butter is made. Such a great way to make an impressive brunch in less than 10 minutes.


I hope you love it as much as I do. Now I'm just going to go brush my teeth before I breathe on people and they pass out in shock haha.

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