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How to make hard-boiled eggs

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Ingredients

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Directions

Method one: continuous boiling

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and lower in the eggs in a single layer, turn down to a simmer and use the following timing for large eggs. If your eggs are fridge cold, add 30 seconds to each time.

•6 minutes: liquid yolk but not completely runny

•7 minutes: almost set – deliciously sticky

•8 minutes: softly set – this is what you want to make scotch eggs

•10 minutes: the classic hard-boiled egg – mashable but not dry and chalky

Method two: from cold and leaving to rest

1Put the eggs in a single layer in a pan and cover them with room temperature water, about 4cm above the eggs. Cover the pan and bring it to the boil, turn the heat off and leave for 12 minutes.

2When done, scoop the eggs out of the pan and put them into a bowl of very cold water to prevent them cooking any further.

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