This is one of my husbands favorite breakfasts! He prefers more of the salty protein type breakfast. I typically enjoy a sweet breakfast with some sort of syrup, but for something without syrup this is fantastic. I made this a year or so ago for a friend get together where we had breakfast for dinner, (also one of my favorite things) everyone loved it. I have kept it in the back of my mind wanting to make it again soon. This weekend, being conference weekend and all, was the perfect opportunity. I of course had to change things a little bit this time but the results were so good! I really should have made 2 so I could have left overs, oh well maybe next time.
For the crust I used a cottage cheese roll dough that I got off one of my good friends sites. It turned out so wonderful for my crust. You can check her site out here.
Eggs Benedict Pizza
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
2 TBSP yeast
1 16 oz tub cottage cheese warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minutes
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 cups flour
6 egg yolks
2 cubes butter melted
2 tbs lemon juice
a dash of white pepper
12 eggs scrambled
2-3 cups cubed ham
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Combine the water and sugar in your Kitchen aid mixer and then sprinkle the yeast on top. Leave it for a couple of minutes while you get the next part ready.
Blend cottage cheese, eggs, salt, and baking soda in your blender so that the cottage cheese is nice and smooth. Add to the yeast mixture. Blend well.
Add the flour and mix with your flat blade attachment. This is a very VERY sticky dough so don't think you need to add more flour. Let it raise on the counter for 45 minutes or in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
After the rising period is over you can use the dough to make one large pizza or 2 smaller ones, or even 1 pizza and some rolls. The possibilities are endless. I used the whole recipe for one large pizza and it was still more than enough dough. Use as much or as little dough to make the right thickness of crust for you particular taste.
Once you have shaped your dough bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until edges are a nice golden brown color. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes while you make the hollandaise sauce.
For the hollandaise sauce combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, and pepper in a blender or food processor. Blend for a few seconds to mix. Melt the butter in the microwave. You want your butter to be very hot and bubbly. While the blender is running pour the hot bubbly butter into the blender in a steady stream. Keep blending for about 10 seconds to make sure it is all incorporated. Sauce should thicken as you pour the hot butter into the blender.
Spread the sauce onto the cooked pizza crust.
Scramble a dozen eggs and place on pizza. Top with cubed ham. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese. Place back in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and everything is hot. Cut into slices and enjoy.
All of these pictures were taken by my wonderful husband! He was busy taking pictures while I was busy devouring this yummy pizza.
Note: There are shortcuts to this recipe if you choose to take them. You can use any recipe for pizza dough so if you already have a favorite feel free to use it. You can even get a package of crescent rolls and spread them out and them into your crust. Shortcut #2 you could use a package of hollandaise sauce and spread that on you pizza. I have tried the pizza with the crescent roll crust and it was quite tasty but I felt like making my own would be slightly more healthy. I haven't ever tried packaged hollandaise sauce. I love real hollandaise sauce so much that I can't bring myself to try the packaged kind. The technique used above for making the hollandaise sauce is so easy and well worth the results.