Place water in bottom of double boiler, don't let water reach top pan. Turn heat to medium to medium low.
Place egg yolks, lemon juice, water and chili, if using in the top of a double boiler. Whisk together.
Cut butter into 8 chunks. Butter must be room temperature! Add butter 1 chunk at a time and whisk until fully melted, then add another chunk of butter. Continue whisking until butter is all melted in.
Make sure you whisk up the sides of the double boiler as the egg cooks. Once all of the butter is heated through, the sauce should take about 3-4 minutes to thicken, nicely.
Hint: If eggs seems to be cooking fast and really sticking to the side of the pan, remove the top pan from the bottom pan to cool it down a bit. Then you can replace it when it has cooled. Sometimes you may have to do this a few times during the cooking process. If you start to see butter coming to the top, it's too hot, as well. Remove it from the heat and keep whisking.
Hint: If you have a batch that is really falling apart, place it in the food processor with a tablespoon, or so of milk or cream and whisk it up. It will come right back together!
Place ham slices on top of muffins. (Keep warm in a low oven)
Cook eggs to desired doneness, either poached or fried
Place a few tablespoons of Hollandaise Sauce on each sandwich. Serve immediately.
Recipe for English Muffins.Use whisk for Hollandaise Sauce.Make sure the water in the double boiler does not touch the upper pan.The water in bottom of double boiler should be hot, but not boiling.If it seems like the sauce is getting too thick, or cooking too fast, remove top pot from double boiler. Cook sauce slowly, so that eggs have a chance to cook and thicken the sauce.Once butter has melted, add the next pat of butter.If butter is floating to the top, the pan is too hot too. Remove from double boiler to cool it down.If you have a batch that is really falling apart, place it in the food processor with a tablespoon, or so of milk or cream and whisk it up. It will come right back together!