Pain aux Oeufs au milieu garnie de Fromage

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"Bread with egg in the middle", "Toad in a hole", "Bird in a nest", "Egg in a basket", whatever you call them, they are delicious - but let's take them to the next level!  Once you flip them over, top them with American cheese, and add cinnamon sugar to the cut circles!
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Step 1:

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Assemble the ingredients:

Bread (2 slices per serving) of white, whole wheat, etc. to your taste
Spray Cooking Oil
Margarine (or sweet butter)
Pre-sliced American cheese (yellow or white, 2 per serving)
Large eggs (2 per serving)
Cinnamon Sugar

OptionaL - to taste:

(before topping with cheese)
black or white pepper
Cayenne pepper
garlic and/or onion powder
dill weed
sweet basil

(after cheese topping)
Dollop of Sour Cream
Russian dressing

Step 2:

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Assemble the hardware:

Griddle (when cooking for three or more), or non-stick frying pan
Spatula (extra wide or long, easier to flip)
Wide plastic cap from Spray cooking oil can
Wood cutting board

Step 3:

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Step One:

Preheat the griddle (if electric, set at 325 F.) or frying pan, so a drop of water will skittle across the surface (as though you were making pancakes).

Place a slice of bread on a wooden cutting board.  Place the Plastic cap from Spray cooking oil can in the center of the bread, with the opening facing the bread.  Gently but firmly press down on the top of the plastic cap from Spray cooking oil can, and twist it back and forth to cleanly cut the center of the bread.  Doing this compresses the edges of the cut circle, and forms a better seal for the egg to drop into.

Repeat this for all the bread slices that you are going to prepare.
Place the centers off to the side, stacking them; and stack the cut bread slices.

If the cheese is covered in plastic, remove the plastic, and place the cheese slice on the removed plastic, so that it is easy to pick up and place on the bread and egg. Repeat this for all the cheese to be used, stacking them alternately plastic then cheese.
nic nak1 year ago
Ask for toad in the hole in the UK, you'll get sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding :-)
shodai-soke (author)  nic nak1 year ago


I did not know that. Thanks. Actually, that sounds delicious. Haven't had a good Yorkshire pudding in decades.