Egg in a basket, camel eye, toad in a hole… it doesn’t matter to us what you call it, just do yourself and make it! Watch us make these easy eggs in a hole and you’ll see a delicious breakfast can be on the table in just a couple of minutes.
If you are looking for a fun and easy breakfast recipe, you are in the right place! It only takes 5 ingredients and that’s if you count salt and pepper. Plus you only need 5 utensils and not much more than 5 minutes.
They are a favorite here and are sure to be at your house as well. In fact, you might start making them for dinner or a midnight snack too!
I have loved this simple recipe since I was a small child. I can remember helping my mom make them from a very young age.
So when I mentioned it in front of Little Dude and he didn’t seem to know what I was talking about, I was panicked. What have I been doing all these years?!
How has he made it to the ripe old age of 7 without knowing about this wonderful breakfast? Luckily I knew we could remedy that quickly!
We grew up calling this toad in a hole. However I now know that there is a traditional British dish that involves sausages cooked in a Yorkshire pudding batter that goes by that name.
So we have adapted the name to egg in a hole for this recipe as it pretty directly describes what you are making. I know people who call it egg in a basket and we even have one friend that calls it a camel eye or camel’s eye egg.
If your family calls it something different, please let us know in the comments. It is fun to hear all the different variations on the name!
No matter what you call it, be sure to make some soon. The buttery bread and egg just go so well together.
The recipe really couldn’t be more simple, but the combination is delicious nonetheless! Little Dude was instantly hooked and now they are sure to be a regular menu item around here. I don’t know what took us so long!
Tips and Tricks:
We usually use a slice of sandwich bread for the base. Though really you could use anything.
A nice big slice of sourdough bread would be a wonderful adult twist on the recipe. A seeded bread would be fun as well.
To me, the butter toasted bread is what makes this extra good. So I like a healthy dose of butter to grease the pan.
It gives the bread the same affect as the outside of a grilled cheese and we all know that is what takes that sandwich from plain to great! So I think it’s a must.
If you want to try reducing the butter a bit it will still be good, you just won’t get quite the same flavor and texture. Using bacon grease instead of butter would be another great option if you happen to keep a jar of that around.
More Quick Egg Recipes:
We are lucky enough to have a steady supply of quail eggs from MiMi and Pops. We like to turn some into quail egg and avocado crostini, though the same recipe could easily be scaled up to a larger loaf a bread and chicken eggs and served as an avocado toast breakfast.
We also like ham, egg and cheese breakfast sliders. They are fun breakfast sandwiches that can be assembled the night ahead and baked off when you are ready. They are also buttery, eggy and delicious!
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Eggs in a Hole
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 slices sandwich bread
- 2 large eggs
- salt and pepper to taste
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Cut a circle out of the center of each piece of bread using a biscuit cutter or the rim of a drinking glass.
- Place both the circles of bread and the outer rings in the hot skillet. The circles of bread should not be in the hole they came out of, but separate in the pan.
- Allow the bread to toast for a minute, then crack an egg into the open hole in each slice of bread.
- Season the egg with salt and pepper. Allow to cook for about a minute, or until the bottoms are set.
- Flip and cook until the eggs reach your desired level of doneness.
- Serve right away. We like using the bread circles to dip in the yolk… it’s so good!