Friday, January 4, 2013

Eggs in a Hole

Eggs in a Hole
My mother used to make this breakfast dish for me when I was growing up.  Instead of baking them in the oven she would cook them on the stove in a cast iron skillet.  When I made this dish for m kids, I did it the same way.  I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a recipe in Cook's Country magazine for a baked version of this breakfast dish.  Instead of making one-at-a-time you can make six.  To make this recipe you will need two heavy-bottomed rimmed baking sheets.
Start by buttering one side of a slice of bread, cutting a hole in the center and placing the slices  and holes on a  very hot baking sheet that has melted butter. Once the bread has toasted, crack an egg in the "hole" of each bread slice.  Season the eggs with salt and pepper and bake until the whites are barely set, 4 to 6 minutes.  Remove the eggs from the oven and let sit until the white are completely set.  Serve immediately.
Your family is in for a tasty breakfast.

Eggs in a Hole
From Cook's Country Magazine


6 slices hearty white sandwich bread
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
6 large eggs
Salt and Pepper


1. Adjust oven racks to lowest and top positions, place rimmed baking sheet on lowest rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees. Spread 1 side of bread slices evenly with 2 1/2 tablespoons butter.  Using 2 1/2-inch  biscuit cutter, cut out and remove circle from center of each piece of bread.

Buttered Bread
Hole Cut inCenter of Bread
Hole in Bread
2. Remove hot sheet from oven and melt remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons butter on it, tilting sheet to distribute evenly.  Place bread circles down center of sheet and bread slices on either side of circles, buttered side up, in single layer.  Return sheet sheet to lowest oven rack and bake until bread is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes, flipping bread and rotating sheet halfway through baking.
Bread Slices And Circles Arranged on Hot Baking Sheet
3. Remove sheet from oven and set inside second (room temperature) rimmed baking sheet.  Crack 1 egg into each bread hole.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bake on top oven rack until whites are barely set, 4 to 6 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through baking.
Egg in Hole
4. Place sheets on wire rack and let sit until whites are completely set, about 2 minutes.  Serve immediately.

Serves 6

Egg Whites Setting

Egg in Hole



  1. I used to make this for my kids when they were younger…we called it frog in a hole!! One of their favorites…now I make them for my grandkids! Looks great!

  2. Yum! We call this eggs in a basket at my house.