Classic “Toad in a Hole” is an easy and fun breakfast for kids or adults. This version features a nutrient-packed duck egg in place of the usual “Bird in the Nest”!
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Did you know there are at least 66 different names for the classic kid-friendly breakfast that features an egg in the middle of a bread slice? Apparently there are!
I’ve always known this whimsical dish by the name “Toad in a Hole”, so that’s what I’ve called it here. Until I was in my late 20’s, I didn’t even know there was another name for it.
I was staying with a bunch of friends at a conference, and a friend offered to make us all “Egg in a Basket” for breakfast, and I had no idea what she was talking about!
Whatever you call it, cooking an egg in the center of a slice of bread is just fun. It’s also a real kid-pleaser, and can be a great way to interest a child in an egg breakfast, when they’re all scrambled-egged-out.
These days, my favorite way to make Toad in a Hole, is actually with duck eggs. I love the way the larger eggs, with their generous yolks, more evenly match the amount of bread in each portion.
Because the eggs are larger, it works best to use either thick slices of homemade bread for this, or hefty homemade-style slices of french toast bread. To cut a center that’s the right size for a duck egg, I find that a medium-sized biscuit cutter works well.
Save the centers to either fry separately, or (my favorite!) save them for making little tea sandwiches at lunch time!
This is a really fun first breakfast to teach little ones to make on their own, once you feel they’re ready for working on the stove top. My 6 year old LOVES making this breakfast for all of us, and is so proud of being able to cook a meal for the whole family!
Since the egg cooks right inside the bread, and has those sturdy edges, it’s very easy for young hands to get a spatula underneath the toast, and flip it over without the egg folding or flopping over on itself. Flipping an egg can be tricky, but when it has bread around it, it’s a cinch!
Duck egg toad in a hole
- Frying pan
- Biscuit cutter, or round cookie cutter
- 1 thick slice homemade-style or french toast bread
- 1 duck egg
- Use the biscuit cutter to remove the center from a large, thick slice of bread.
- Place the piece of bread into a well-greased frying pan, over medium-low heat.
- Break a duck egg into the empty center of the bread. Cook for three minutes, or until the egg white is no longer transparent.
- Carefully flip over the slice of bread, with the egg center. Cook for another 2 minutes, or until yolk is set as much as you like.
- Remove from pan, and serve warm.
Did you grow up making this egg-in-toast breakfast dish? And if so – what did your family call it? Let us know in the comments below!
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