Introduction: [Collegiate Meals] Pretner's Mom (Toad in the Hole? Egg in a Blanket? Egg in Toast?)

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For awhile, I did a Saturday morning breakfast every weekend for friends. The menu started to get a bit expansive. Pancakes, Waffles, Bacon, Eggs, Bacon in Eggs, Toast, Eggs in Toast, Sausage and any combination thereof and I think I had chipped ham once :P

Here's a delicious meal, snack, whatever, that you eat with your hands :)

Step 1: Ingredients

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Medium to Large Eggs

Very short list :) 1 Egg per slice of bread and you may season it however you'd like.

Things that are tasty to add to your egg:
Diced Onion
Diced Pepper
Crumbled Bacon
A sharp cheese - shredded

Things that are tasty to put on top:
Cream Cheese
Whipped Cream
Fresh sliced Fruit Cured in Sugar*

*May not be so hand friendly

Step 2: Prep and Cook

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Again, I'll be using my grill/griddle/panini machine. But you can use a pan or griddle ;)

Cut out a rather large hole in your bread - large enough to fit slightly more than the volume of one egg. Crack an egg into a small bowl and prepare as you like (I'm doing scrambled). Add any seasonings/extras at this time.

Use butter or a cooking spray and lube your cooking surface(s) which have been preheated to a medium to medium-high heat. I use the bread holes to ensure my butter is spread evenly. Place one slice of holy bread and pour the contents of one egg inside. If using a panini machine, allow 10 seconds or so to help prevent/slow down leaking eggs under pressure.

Slowly lower the griddle lid (if applicable) and cook.

With panini machine: 3-4 minutes (to desired egg doneness) -- your egg may push the cover up slightly
Pan: 3 minutes or so on first side -- flip quickly (unless sunny side) and cook an additional minute to preferred doneness.

With a panini machine, it is very likely that you're egg will "pop" and spew out egg as mine did. This is normal as cooking from both sides prevents a way to relieve internal pressure (thus the egg puffs up and pops). This is just the egg telling you that if you like your eggs runny, it's just about done ;)

Step 3: Serving Suggestions

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I love this with cream cheese spread on top. This particular cream cheese has honey and nuts... very tasty. This also makes an excellent side with pancakes.


Chard (author)2008-07-29

disclaimer - the below is to be pronounced in a British accent and was written with an obscure British sense of humour...sorry? As a Brit I must stop you there my good fellow! Toad in the hole can only be one thing and that thing is a delightfully British invention involving a sausage cooked in a kind of batter known as Yorkshire Pudding (similar batter to a pancake...but not an american pancake ... a BRITISH pancake- also fundamentally different). Its basically a poor mans food but it kept us going through the war till you yanks got off your bums (Ta again for that chaps, you saved our bacon then...but not like american bacon ...or canadian bacon...BRITISH BACON)!

Lerrinus (author)Chard2014-02-09

I read that in a Hugh Laurie British accent - Hi-lar-ious! As a Canadian - I love it! :-D

jongscx (author)Chard2009-01-04


kaldirris (author)2013-07-15

This is Birds in a Nest. Toad in the Hole is bangers (sausages), baked in a casserole dish with Yorkshire pudding. Both of which are delicious, btw. :)

jayhazel (author)2012-05-24

These are Hens in Nests at our house ;)
We do like some others have said: slather up the bread with butter, drop it in the pan, crack the egg right in the middle and cook over-easy (or over-medium in my case). Ready made to scoop up all the yummy yoke goodness.

padeutsche (author)2012-05-14

Here is my technique for making perfect circles in bread.
The nice thing about this you get nice crimped edges, the circle pieces of bread can be frozen or used right away for some other recipe, and there is no sharp edges to get cut on so a young child can do this.

mantislee (author)2012-05-14

I decided to try this a few weeks ago, but couldn't remember the name of it. So I let me kids name it. We decided on:

Wholly Toast or Holy Toast (depending if it's Sunday or not).

spiritwolf7984 (author)2009-06-28

I call it Egg in a hole :D I used to make these Everyday then I found something else.

jrh065 (author)spiritwolf79842010-06-09

What did you find that was better than this? Sounds like you should share.

spiritwolf7984 (author)jrh0652010-06-17

It's Called Breakfast Cups I had to make it in foods class one day so im sure the Recipy is out there somewhere .... All you do is butter a peice of toast cut lines into the corners Fold it up into a Muffin tray and bake it untill it looks like toast then fry up some scrambled eggs and bacon break up the bacon and put it ontop of the Eggs if you want you can add cheese to :D

AmyLuthien (author)2010-02-07

That's what I do too, use a small drinking glass to make the hole.  A donut "cookie" cutter works extremely well also, if you've got one.

lancer525 (author)AmyLuthien2010-04-11

My aunt made these for me when I was a kid, and she used a shot glass to cut the hole. She also called them "Moon over Miami" eggs. Put a little bit of finely shredded cheese on them and you have "Sunrise over Miami" eggs...

caityjay (author)2009-09-20

My friend does this, it is incredible. She uses a drinking glass to make the hole, then grills the hole part, too; we all think the toasty bread hole is one of the best parts of this delicious breakfast!

guitarmansmitty (author)2009-09-15

Just finished eating one of these. Absolutely delicious. Egg, bacon, cheese, and bell peppers. Amazing.

chris_lloyd (author)2007-02-21

I used to make these all the time. The best way to cut a whole is to use a suitably shaped wine or champagne glass. If that isn't around you can use one of those egg rings but that doesn't prompt you to have an early morning drink :P Also, lightly toast the bread before you put it in the pan. Then you get a good contrast between the crunchy toast and the gooey egg (runny eggs are the best). If you butter the bread before you put it in the pan then you can cook the circles which you cut out then dip them into the yolk. Or rub it in the oil you line the pan with, either way, just get them crunchy. Dad said that he used to call them "flaming assholes" when he was at college, but when I was in a British high school it was called it "toad in the hole".

cdevildevil (author)chris_lloyd2009-08-20

Well your dad gets my vote, that would have made me spit out my coffee if I had any, lol.

scoochmaroo (author)2009-05-19

We called them Floating Eyeballs. But that was without scrambling the eggs.

Amorina (author)2009-05-07

I could never eat something like this for breakfast. But it would make a nice lunch.

Dandeman321 (author)2009-02-23

My grandpa always called them Texas one eyes or one eyed jacks. The Texas was probably from the Texas toast that is used. Also, for the hole in the bread, I use a small glass kinda like a cookie cutter. A cookie cutter would probably work best but I don't usually have one of those in my dorm kitchen.

Oscelot (author)Dandeman3212009-03-19

Yeah, my mom also called these one eyed jacks. Toad in a hole is when you take a mini hot dog or sausage and wrap it up in biscuit or crescent roll dough, and then bake it. She's from England and I'm from California. Just thought I'd add to the tracking data on the names. :)

lafnbear (author)2009-02-02

OK, have to dive in with one more name: when I was growing up in Maine, I had a babysitter who would make these and she called them "Egyptian One-Eyes"!

ferny121 (author)2008-06-23

i made this,and it tasted awsum! great instructable.

funkmachine316 (author)2008-06-23

I make this. Alternative way to make the hole on the bread: Use the rim of a glass or cup

Frozenvision (author)2008-05-17

I've always called this a "Toad in the hole" not sure why though... However, it's a preference of mine to use thick (sometimes called "Texas Style" in stores) bread with a smaller hole in the middle. I have no panini-machine, but I usually butter both sides of the bread and place it on an oiled frying pan. The egg in the middle usually comes out a bit runny, but thats what I like! I have never tried it with cream cheese though, that sounds delicious. (And to add one more thing, I love your Collegiate Meals instructables!) Thanks!

I Am An Evil Taco (author)2008-05-17

cookie cutter! nothing beats waking up on christmas morning and having an egg set in the center of a christmas tree shaped grilled slice of bread. I suggest texas toast for the bread. thicker bread holds the egg better, especially if you're doing the unscrambled version. coat the centers in melted butter, chopped garlic, pepper, and oregano and bake them on 425 for about 5 minutes for a tasty little cap for your creation. Good post.

Kaiven (author)2008-04-13

been a while since i had on of these...

BigCoCo (author)2008-03-13

for me it was always called a "one eyed jack." and canida is right...throw the center piece of bread in the pan to get it nice and toasted and then use it to sop up the yolk if your frying your egg instead of scrambling it

weinerdogzrule (author)2008-03-10

Fantastic photos!

Crash2108 (author)2007-12-03

Letting a slice of bread soak up a couple of whisked eggs yields a similar result I noticed. Be careful with the mushy, egg-soaked bread, though, because it can fall apart easily before it's cooked.

larakimbo (author)2007-11-03

We always called them Army Eggs. My grandfather was in WWII and he said he used to make these for the troops :) Taste great and easy to clean up!

westfw (author)2007-02-21

Huh. My wife introduced me to something similar that she calls "Picture framed Eggs", except that she uses a whole egg for more of a fried-egg filling instead of the scrambled-style you describe. Toad-in-a-hole (for me) has always involved sausage; I really liked the ones they had at RenFair (a somewhat light herby sausage in a flakey pastry...) Eggs are a good choice for the short-of-funds; almost as cheap as Ramen!

Digital_Anarchy (author)westfw2007-09-17

yeh toad in the hole is an english dish with sausage an yorkshire pudding batter. often served with gravy and mashed potatoes

fungus amungus (author)westfw2007-02-21

I've made them the same way: an unscrambled egg in the middle and called it cowboy toast.

Looks like there arehundreds of names for this.

Some classics:
- frog in the pond
- man on a raft
- gibbly's willies
- armag-egg-on toast
- piggy in the muddy
- yellow asshole
- Victor Guzman's Shit Bomb
- the gardener spilled the fertilizer that looks like an egg in the hole that he dug in the brown dirt that looks like bread

Very Keri (author)2007-09-03

I never thought to scramble the eggs, I always just cook them with the whole egg on lower heat so I can get the egg white fully cooked and still have a kind of runny yolk, but then I tend to get impatient and try to flip the toast and usually break the yolk in the process. (yeah, go me!) I'm from the south, I call them "Eggs in a basket" and I eat 'em (broken yolk and all) with grits. Mmmmmmmmm...

trsinger (author)2007-08-17

We call them eggs in a frame and it's much easier to scramble the eggs first - vs. using a whole egg. I've had lots of trouble getting the whole eggs to cook all the way. Sometimes we sprinkle some grated cheddar on top. Really good breakfast!

snipegoat (author)2007-07-27

we call them eggs in a hole, and we cut the hole with a jam lid in the center then toast the center in the pan then cook the toast w/ eggs in it second, i find cutting a hole lid size is better than just the crust (more bread and holds better)

salemslot9 (author)2007-07-16

my folks call them "a hole in one"~cut a lil square in the middle of the bread~put egg in hole~not scrambled~cook like you would an over medium egg~with lil square along side~that way you can dip it in the yolk when it's ready~have a great day!~please check out my buddy

mikeismycodename (author)2007-04-23

Just my vote, we call them 'Bullseyes'

Growing up we always called them "Eggys in a Basket." I'm a purist about them though, my roommates tried to bastard-ize them by putting ham, cheese, green peppers- but that makes them lose the simplicity. You have to be pretty special for me to make you these in the AM.

PS: They are famous, they were featured in the movie V for Vendetta:

Evey Hammond: What is that you're making?
Gordon Deitrich: We call it "eggie in the basket". My mum used to make them.
Evey Hammond: This is weird.
Gordon Deitrich: What?
Evey Hammond: The first morning I was with him, he made me eggs just like this.
Gordon Deitrich: Really?
Evey Hammond: I swear.
Gordon Deitrich: That is a strange coincidence. Although, there's an obvious explanation.
Evey Hammond: There is?
Gordon Deitrich: Yes, Evey. I am V. At last you know the truth. You're stunned, I know. It's hard to believe isn't it, that beneath this wrinkled, well-fed exterior there lies a dangerous killing machine with a fetish for Fawkesian masks. Viva la revolution!
Evey Hammond: That is *not* funny, Gordon.
Gordon Deitrich: [sighs] Yeah, I know. I'm useless without a studio audience.

megziewoodles (author)anniemac2007-07-09

The guy who wrote V for Vendetta hated that bit of the movie. It's on the Wikipedia page for V.

kalelcadillac (author)2007-04-15

my boss's mom called these kings eggs cuz my boss wouldnt eat eggs when she was little but shed eat these. my dad used to put a square of cheddar on it then put the circle of bread back on and called it an egg top hat. they are good like that you should try it.

Crash2108 (author)2007-04-04

'Framed Egg' is the proper name. And the center piece is nasty. I'll have to experiment with thicker bread, as to have a better ratio of bread to egg. It has to be precise, or the flavor is off.

trebuchet03 (author)Crash21082007-04-04

There's really no "proper name" for this :P The name varies from location to location A few other names.

I don't know what center piece you're talking about.... but from your previous postings - it seems like a lot of foods are either nasty or gross to you :P

Crash2108 (author)trebuchet032007-04-04

I know, but it is my proper way. And I am always right. Therefor, my way is the right way.

Tippler (author)2007-03-29

This is also a traditional sailor breakfast called Chicken on a Raft

"Hey, ho, chicken on a raft!
Chicken on a raft on a monday morning,
Oh what a terrible sight to see!
Dabtoes forward and the dustman aft,
Sittin' there pickin' on a chicken on a raft!"
(shanty by Cyril Tawny)

crickle321 (author)2007-03-25

Great post, Trebuchet03! I've always pressed a shot glass on the bread to make a nice uniform circle. The bread cut out is good for wiping the grill clean and makes a final snack :). Or you could get creative with the bread circle and make a mini breakfast pizza or something.

wperry1 (author)2007-02-21

You forgot "Eggs in a nest" :-)

hethlee (author)2007-02-21

OOH i love these! I like how you beat them and then pour the eggs in. I always crack the egg and put it right in the hole. I might like your idea better:)

Nesagwa (author)2007-02-21

My mom always called them magic eggs, dunno. We also just used a cup to put a hole in the middle and fried the middle circle along with the big piece. Also usually did fried eggs, sunny side up. Either way its a good breakfast.

Nesagwa (author)Nesagwa2007-02-21

We also buttered the bread before hand.

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