Auntie Karey taught us about these years ago. What we have called Toad-in-the-Hole also goes by many other names, some more appealing than others (Toad-in-the-Hole is actually something different; it is Yorkshire pudding batter poured over sizzling fried sausage or bacon with some of the leftover hot grease in the bottom of the pan, then baked—common in England).
However, many have come to associate the name with this egg in toast. (Researched by Gwen 2003)
1 slice firm sandwich bread
Salt & pepper
Grated cheese (optional)
Fresh fruit on the side
1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat.
2. Lightly butter both sides of each piece of bread. With a biscuit cutter or the rim of a drinking glass, cut out the middle of the piece of bread. Save the circle of bread to fry next to the toad-in-the-hole.
3. Place the holey bread into the skillet; lower the heat to low or medium. Cook until browned and flip over. Drop a little nugget of butter into the hole. After it melts, crack an egg into the hole. Season the top with salt and pepper (optional). Cook until bread is golden brown on the bottom, and until the egg is set to your liking (you can add a ½ teaspoon of water and cover skillet with a lid to cook with steam).
4. You can flip the bread over like a pancake to cook the top if you like your eggs well done. Sprinkle with a little cheese if desired. Serve with the round of toast on the side and enjoy.
*Instead of buttering the bread beforehand, you can add a few teaspoons of butter to the skillet and add the bread with a hole in it.
*If you like firm eggs, you can break the yolk with the edge of the broken eggshell after you’ve put it in the hole. If you like the egg yolk intact, drizzle ½ to 1 tsp water into pan, cover the pan with a lid so that the steam will cook the egg through to your liking.
*If you like your eggs sunny side up: toast the first side of bread. DON”T crack the egg into the hole yet. After the first side is toasted, flip the bread over, NOW crack the egg into the hole and cook over low heat.
*Herbed eggs: before cracking the egg into the hole in the bread, you can separate the egg into a small bowl. To the egg white mix in herbs and a pinch of salt (or a touch of milk and cinnamon), and carefully put the yolk back into the bowl.
Here are some other names:
Bird in the Nest
Knothole EggsBulls Eye
Bird’s Nest Eggs
Gashouse Eggs (from the German, “Gasthaus”, or Guesthouse (the German name for Bed and Breakfast Inns)
Picture Frame Eggs
Chick-in-a-Brick (I made this one up)