Baked Eggs in Toast is made 4 different ways for an easy substantial oven ready breakfast or brunch in under 20 minutes. Feed your entire crew with a complete hearty breakfast made with cut out crispy buttery toasts and a dippy egg nestled inside. The best part is you can have loads of fun adding all of your favorite toppings and cleanup is a snap!
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Baked Eggs in Toast
Have you ever had eggs in toast growing up? If you have, you know how comforting this breakfast is. The bread is crunchy and buttery on the outside and chewy on the inside just like our Panettone Air Fryer French Toast Sticks. When you dip the bread into the soft egg it is silky and creamy. Its simplicity is what makes this a dynamic dish to make on the busy work or school mornings. This healthy egg breakfast will give you the energy needed to tackle your day.
Remember our time growing up, Mom would make eggs in toast the traditional way in a frying pan on top of the cooktop. She could only fit two toasts in a pan at the same time. Either the eggs would get cold, or she could only feed a couple of us at a time. And… There was the clean up! Uggh!
Baking hands down is so much easier than frying and much less clean up. When you BAKE your eggs in a HOLE, you can feed the WHOLE family at once. Everyone can eat together and enjoy this healthy sheet pan breakfast. If you are looking for more delicious ways to feed the crew for breakfast or brunch, be sure to try our DIY Ultimate Bagel Bar Brunch, Stove Top Parmesan Leek Frittata or our Blackberry Lemon Drop Biscuits.
What other egg in a hole names are there?
When we were growing up, grandpa used to call these a “birdie in the nest”. What do you call this recipe? We had way too much fun asking around to find out what people call this iconic breakfast. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments and we will be sure to add it to the list.
|Egg-with-a-hat||Egg-on-an-island||Gashouse egg||Moon Over Miami eggs|
|Egg-in-a-trashcan||Baby in a buggy||Gaslight egg||One-eyed Susie|
|Egg-in-the-basket||Bird's nest||Goldmine egg||One-eyed Jack|
|Egg-in-a-nest||Birdie in a nest||Hobo toast||One-eyed Pete|
|Egg-in-the-middle||Birdie-in-a-basket||Hocus Pocus egg||One-eye pirate|
|Egg-in-a-cage||Bull's eye||Hole-in-one||Peek-a-boo eggs|
|Egg-in-a-window||Cowboy eggs||Knot-hole eggs||Pirate eye toast|
|Egg-in-a-pocket||Doughnut egg||Lazy-eyed pirate||Toad-in-a-hole|
|Egg-in-a-boat||Fireman's toast||Man in a raft||Toad-in-the-road|
History of Toad in a Hole
Did you know that our American Baked Egg in toast is actually an updated simplified version of the United Kingdom’s (UK) toad in a hole? The UK version has sausages baked in a Yorkshire pudding mixture. According to Wikipedia, this dish first appeared in the 1700’s as a peasant dish using inexpensive cuts of meats and mostly the batter as a way of stretching out the groceries and feeding a crew on a budget.
The American version of Toad in a hole is the iconic egg in the basket or any of the other names listed above. With only 3 ingredients, this magical breakfast is also budget-friendly and even easier to make.
Served Up 4 Different Ways
Egg, bread and butter are the delicious foundation ingredients for baked eggs in toast. However, we wanted to kick it up a few notches and created four different toppings to make all of your family and friends happy. By all means, these are just topping suggestions.
Get creative! Open up your refrigerator and pantry and see what you have on hand. Recruit the family to put on their own toppings. Pssst! This way they can’t complain. The only restriction is keeping your toppings dry, so your toast does not get soggy. (ie, tomatoes are not the best option)
- Ham and cheese – Little diced up leftover Spiced Cranberry Glazed Ham and some grated cheddar cheese is sublime.
- Feta, Salami and Spinach – is like tasting a bite of the Mediterranean.
- Parmesan Cheese, Tri-colored peppers and Green Onions or other garden-fresh ingredients.
- Parmesan Cheese, Roasted Red Peppers and Italian Spice Seasoning. Make sure you dry your roasted red peppers well before placing them on your baked eggs and toast. This measure prevents your toast from getting soggy.
Main Ingredient Substitutions
The main ingredients are eggs, bread and butter. We have listed a few substitutions in case of allergies or food sensitivities.
Organic free range large eggs are fantastic in this sheet pan egg-in-the-hole recipe. If you have any leftover eggs, you may want to want to try our Sauteed Greens Breakfast Salad or our Sautéed Asparagus and Mushrooms with Poached Eggs.
Sunnyside up eggs are difficult to substitute. However, if you are looking for a vegan option, you can try one of the several liquid egg substitutes meant for making a vegan scrambled egg. Add in chopped quick cooking veggies of choice in the beaten egg substitute and pour into the hole in the bread. Then, bake your vegan baked scrambled egg in toast until set. If you looking for more vegan breakfasts be sure to try our Spicy Tofu Scramble, Healthy Vegan Matcha Pancakes or our Spicy Chocolate Chai Pu-erh Chia Pudding.
If you do not tolerate dairy or are vegan, you can substitute butter with extra virgin olive oil.
Do you have a gluten sensitivity? No worries, just substitute with your gluten-free bread of choice. We made ours with a plain white bread but very delicious with hearty wheat, rye, thick Texas toast, rustic Italian or even a challah bread. Use what you have on hand. We are all about that.
How to Make Egg in a Hole?
While the oven is preheating, butter one side of your bread with butter or brush on a little olive oil. Place buttered side down on a lined baking sheet. We used parchment paper to line our baking sheet. If you are using aluminum foil to line your pan, be sure to also use a little spray oil as well to prevent sticking.
Cut a hole in the breads. We used a heart shaped cookie cutter. However, you can also use a biscuit cutter or just cut out a square with a knife. Keep those delicious cut out pieces of bread and lay those on the baking sheet with the cutout bread.
Break your eggs one by one in a separate container and pour into the hole of the bread. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add on your fun toppings!
Try our Ham and Cheese, Feta, Salami and Spinach, Parmesan Cheese, Tri-colored peppers and Green Onions, Parmesan Cheese, Roasted Red Peppers and Italian Spice Seasoning or whatever your little heart desires. Spray with a little olive oil spray to facilitate the toasting of the bread.
Bake 6 - 8 minutes depending on how well done you like your eggs. 6 minutes for a nice drippy egg and 8 minutes for a semi-soft egg.
Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
At 400 degrees F (204 degrees C), bake eggs in bread for 6 minutes for a nice drippy egg and 8 minutes for a semi -soft egg. The whites of the egg should be set, and the bread should be toasted. Remember that the eggs will continue to cook even after they are removed from the oven.
Eggs in a hole are best served hot out of the oven on the day prepared. However, they can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days. The eggs will no longer be drippy but can be reheated in the oven at 350 degrees F (176 C) for about 10 minutes or on the stove top for a couple minutes on each side, just enough to reheat.
Coffee, Tranquil Lemon Ginger Tea, Quinoa Fruit Salad or even our Ginger Citrus Dragon Fruit Smoothie are a delicious accompaniment to baked eggs in a basket.
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Baked Eggs in Toast
- sheet pan or baking pan
- 4 slices bread
- 4 whole eggs
- 2 tablespoon butter
- spray oil as needed
Option 1 (Ham & Cheese)
- ham chopped
- cheese grated
Option 2 (Feta, Salami & Spinach)
- feta crumbled
- salami chopped finely
- spinach sliced thin
Option 3 (Parmesan, Roasted Peppers & Italian Seasoning)
- parmesan cheese grated
- roasted red peppers chopped and make sure you dry these well with paper towel.
- Italian seasoning dried or fresh herbs
Option 4 (Parmesan, fresh chopped peppers & Green Onions)
- peppers fresh chopped finely
- parmesan cheese grated
- green onions sliced thinly
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C)
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper. If using aluminum foil, spray with oil to prevent sticking.
- Butter one side of the sliced bread and place on baking sheet butter side down. Repeat with all slices.
- Cut out each bread slice using either a cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or just use a knife to cut out a square. Place your cut out bread (circles, hearts, squares, etc.) and put these on the baking sheet too with the butter side down on the sheet pan. These make delicious dipping toasts.
- One at a time, Gently crack the eggs and place the whole egg ( unbroken) into a separate small bowl. Then, gently pour the egg into the hole of each of the breads. (You never know if there are problems with your eggs so we like to first check them in a bowl before placing them into the bread holes.)
- Add your favorite toppings. Here are some suggestions but have fun with your own ideas. 1) ham and cheese2) Feta, Salami & Spinach3) Parmesan, Roasted Peppers & Italian Seasoning4) Parmesan, fresh chopped peppers & Green Onions
- Light spray or spritz with olive oil spray to facilitate browning. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake eggs in toast uncovered. If you like drippy eggs, cook for about 6 minutes or until the egg whites start to get less wiggly. Then, they are ready to come out of the oven. . If you like soft eggs, bake for 8 minutes. Please note that your eggs will continue to cook, EVEN after you remove them from the oven. If you like you eggs well done then cook 10 minutes or more to your desired level. Personally, we love when you cut into the egg and the yolk is ready to be dipped into.
- Serve baked eggs in toast on a plate with the extra bread toast for dipping and enjoy!
This was one of my favorite breakfasts growing up. But I liked the "hats" better than the egg. Love the idea of cutting out a heart instead of a round. Perfect for moms!!
HWC Magazine says
We know exactly what you mean those delicious little dipping hats with the crispy edges is our favorite park of baked eggs in toast. Take Care
Am sitting in my office chair laughing my head off at all the names you have collected - just love 'baby's buggy' ! For breakfast . . . huh ? That's a big mug of black coffee probably of the instant variety put together with half an eye open . . . but have made such 'pretties' for brunch especially when friends are staying for the weekend. Love all your different ideas and the come-hither appearance of the results. My herring and eel and salmon and black bread can wait . . . shall try next weekend . . .
HWC Magazine says
Hi there Eha! We did a poll asking people what they call baked eggs in toast and oh my goodness the response was overwhelming. Every country and every place has a different name. This is a great dish to make when you are cooking for a crowd so everyone can make it just the way they like it. Take Care