Ansel Adams’s Eggs Poached in Beer

April  8, 2016
3 Ratings
Photo by 2016 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
  • Serves 1
Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is reprinted from The Photographer’s Cookbook. Essay by Lisa Hostetler, Aperture/George Eastman Museum, 2016 —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) butter
  • mixed spices
  • dash sherry
  • 1 bottle dark malt liquor or strong ale (ordinary beer is not strong enough)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 pieces toast
  • dash paprika
  1. Melt butter in microwave oven, but do not allow to brown. Add a dash of mixed spices and sherry.
  2. In a small bowl, microwave malt or ale with 1/4 teaspoon salt just to the boiling point. Carefully slide eggs into this hot liquid, cover with paper plate or glass bowl (to retain thermal heat), and cook as desired in microwave. (See note below on microwave cooking.)
  3. While eggs are cooking in microwave, make 2 pieces of toast. Spread part of the butter-spice mix over the toast.
  4. Serve eggs on the toast, and pour over the rest of the butter-spice mix. Add a dash of paprika.
  5. Note on microwave cooking: I like my eggs poached soft. I find that 1 egg in the hot ale or malt takes about 1 minute to cook, 2 eggs about 2 minutes, etc., all the way up to 8 eggs about 8 minutes. When working with as many as 8 eggs, the bowl should be moved around every 2 to 3 minutes.

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5 Reviews

Justin July 12, 2016
If the author or this website really loved the work of Ansel Adams, they would not have cropped the image so severely (or at all); absolutely unconscionable.
Aimee S. May 2, 2016
I know what you mean cpc... I cook eggs in the mic when I just want to make a quick sandwich for the morning go, and though I grew up on them and they are a fond memory, I do prefer the stove top and oven textures better. :)
However. I believe that the water bath that they will be cooked in will make a difference, even if small...
I will try the recipe once I gather the necessary ingredients, and then I will give my feedback on if the eggs come out rubbery or not. :)
cpc May 2, 2016
I can't decide if this would be good or not. I'm intrigued but I can't help thinking about how rubbery the eggs will be if you cook them in the microwave. Can't this be adapted to stovetop? I'm already out of my comfort zone with the forty.
Aimee S. April 9, 2016
You COULD be the one who tries it and tells the rest of us if it's good for you or not. XD
Once I collect the necessary ingredients, I will be trying it myself. It will be my first microwave poaching experience.
meglet April 9, 2016
Is this a Community Pick just because we all love Ansel Adams? Please, someone try it and tell us if it's any good! I'd hate to waste a forty if it's not...