Classic Egg in the Hole – a brekky favourite

Take a trip down memory lane with this delicious and protein-rich dish.

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.

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Published by Quadrille Publishing.



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    21st Nov 2018
    Isn’t this the Australian version of toad in a hole? I remember more than 30 years ago when my wife and I were helping the cubs and scouts on a camp, and this is what I gave them for their breakfast, they all thought it was fantastic and most said they had never had it before, the piece out of the middle of the bread didn’t go to waste either, some dipped it in the fat that was on the cooking plate and others used it as a dip for their eggs, I suppose it might not be allowed nowadays.
    21st Nov 2018
    Jim, this isn't anything like the classic 'Toad in the Hole'.
    Here's the recipe for it:

    Suzi :)
    Coachman on the box
    21st Nov 2018
    Why wouldn't it be allowed, Jim? Who is going to disallow it? Toad in the hole is Yorkshire pudding with cubes of beef, or mutton baked into it,if you're Mrs Beeton. Sausages, if you're my mother. I know this dish as egg in a window, and it's French, possibly Belgian. European. Whatever - oeuf en fenêtre. There is no Australian version of anything. The entirety of 'Australian' culture is derivative. When I was a cub I had to make my own breakfast. I guess, having had everything done for them from day one, that's why Australian men are so useless. At anything. Except growing ridiculous beards and shafting prime ministers. Thinking about it, prime ministers deserve shafting as often as possible.
    21st Nov 2018
    The part I was suggesting might not be allowed is dipping you bread in the fat, I am aware of the traditional toad in the hole, I am originally from the North east of England, my mother made the best toad in the hole I have every had, and my wife is not too bad, although struggles with the Yorkshire pudding mix, I mentioned that the one described was an Australian version only because most of the Australians at the camp told me that’s what it was called, none of the children that I spoke to had ever had it before, but I guess there where others there that I hadn’t spoke to that might of had it. I always got the children involved, you can imagine the pranks they got up to,depending what was on after breakfast I would encourage them to do the washing up, usually they couldn’t go anywhere, I was the orienteering organiser, I am not involved with the cubs and scouts, or the brownies nowadays, it was mostly when my children were involved, although being a male I wasn’t allowed to do much with the brownies and guides, which I accepted.
    21st Nov 2018
    "Everyone loves toast"! I always ask for my toast to be raw - tastes much better!

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