Classic Egg in the Hole

When we were kids, we delighted in coining names for this simple breakfast. ‘One-eyed Jack’, ‘Moon Egg’ and ‘Hen-in-the-nest’ are just a few examples. Take a trip down memory lane with this delicious and protein-rich dish. Best of all, it takes only 10 minutes to make!

Remember to keep the yolk soft so you can cut round the edges and dip in.

Serves: 1


  • 1 slice dark bread, toasted
  • large knob butter
  • 1 egg
  • dollop tomato ketchup
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


Using a 7cm round pastry cutter or glass, stamp out a hole in the middle of the bread and remove.

Heat half the butter in a frying pan over a gentle heat. Once foaming, pop in the slice of bread and bread disc and cook for two or three minutes until golden brown. Flip the bread over and add the remaining butter to the pan. Crack the egg into the hole of the bread and cook for about three minutes, or until the egg is set, covering with a lid for the final minute. Transfer to a plate, grind over some black pepper and sprinkle with salt. Serve with the bread disc for dipping and a dollop of ketchup.

Recipe taken from Posh Toast cookbook.

Toast – it’s the ultimate fast food. Everyone loves toast, and now it’s the piping-hot new food trend. And with recipes for everything from Eggs Royale and avocado, tahini and toasted chickpeas on toast to spiced potted crab and spiced lamb, this is the ultimate recipe collection for toast addicts, expert chefs and novices alike. It’s toast. And it’s posh. It’s Posh Toast.

You can purchase Posh Toast at

Published by Quadrille Publishing.

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Written by Amelia Theodorakis

A writer and communications specialist with eight years’ in startups, SMEs, not-for-profits and corporates. Interests and expertise in gender studies, history, finance, banking, human interest, literature and poetry.

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