Alioli and Mayonnaise: stick blender method

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise

For some time now, I have been wanting to learn how to make mayonnaise with a stick blender. So far I had had no success as the egg yolk never seemed to reach the blade, it took for ages to drip in the oil and then the mixture would split resulting in a great deal of frustration and wasting a lot of eggs.

About a week ago, however, I saw a video on Internet and it couldn’t be simpler. The trick is to add all the ingredients together at the beginning. Allow time for the oil to float to the top. You then fully submerge the head of the blender and blend for about a minute before lifting it up very slowly as you continue to blend. The secret is not to panic and even if bubbles rise to the surface that look as though they have split, continue blending the bottom part of the container until you are sure that it has started to set.

Here is a video on YouTube of me making mayonnaise with this method:

Here are the two recipes: the first for lighter mayonnaise and second for a thicker garlic alioli.

ALIOLI
INGREDIENTS:
1 extra large egg yolk or 2 medium eggs yolks.
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 heaped teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of water
250ml sunflower oil
salt

MAYONNAISE
INGREDIENTS:
1 extra large egg or 2 medium eggs
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 heaped teaspoon Dijon mustard
Juice of 1/2 lemon
250ml sunflower oil
milk
salt

METHOD FOR BOTH RECIPES

Using the plastic beaker that comes with the stick blender, add the egg or egg yolk and then all the other ingredients and finally the oil. It is important not to add the oil too violently. Allow a couple of minutes for the oil to float to the surface.

Gently lower the stick blender to the bottom of the beaker. Blend on the fastest setting for about a minute. Carefully lift up one side of the blender head to allow small amounts of oil to reach the blade and then slowly lift the blender upwards towards the top of the beaker.

Mix thoroughly and thin with either more oil or milk or yoghurt as preferred. Sometimes it’s nice to add a splash of good quality virgin olive oil to taste. Check for seasoning and serve.
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