Eggs in a Basket

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Eggs and toast is a classic, easy breakfast. Why not make it even simpler by cooking them together? Eggs in a basket is one of our favorite ways to enjoy our farm fresh eggs and homemade bread all at once!

Eggs in sourdough toast on a plate

Breakfast is my favorite time of the day to cook for my family. I still enjoy making lunch in the afternoon and dinner in the evening but there’s something about starting my family’s day off with a delicious meal.

There’s so much creativity when it comes to breakfast and I love making something different every morning. We have several favorites that we rotate as well as trying new recipes every so often.

Thankfully, our mornings aren’t rushed, which allows us the time to cook breakfast and enjoy it together. Homeschooling means no time constraints or running around in a hurry.

We complete our barn chores and morning milking before 8:00 and then after I’ve jarred the milk and cleaned up, we make breakfast and usually start schoolwork around 9:00.

We rarely have cereal in our house, unless the milk is overflowing and I need it used up fast! So this means we’re making breakfast every morning.

Some mornings we do need to get going on our tasks for the day or the barn took longer than normal so I opt for a quick meal. Other mornings I want to take time to make a bigger breakfast. Either way, it’s always delicious.

Eggs (either fried, scrambled, or cooked in cream) served with toasted homemade sourdough bread is about as easy as it gets. And thanks to a basket on our counter full of fresh eggs from our layers, I can grab a few eggs and cook them up quickly. Slice some bread from the loaf on the cutting board to toast and we’re all set.

To make eggs and toast even simpler and faster, I just cook them together and get it all done at once. My family loves Eggs in a Basket for breakfast and I think you will too! It’s a classic meal that’s been around for a long time but never gets old.

Toast and eggs on a plate

What is Eggs in a Basket?

We call this recipe Eggs in a Basket but it has several other names that you might know it by:

  • Toad in a Hole
  • Hole in One
  • Egg in a Hole
  • Egg Toast

Whatever it’s called, it’s a piece of bread with a hole cut out of the center and an egg cooked into the hole!

Ingredients for Eggs in a Basket

It doesn’t get much simpler than this! All you’ll need to have on hand is:

  • Eggs-One for each person you’re cooking for.
  • Slice of Bread-One for each person as well. Any type of sandwich bread that you have on hand will do!
  • Butter-Some people spread the butter on the bread, like when making a grilled cheese, but I prefer to melt it in the skillet first.
A loaf of bread and a basket of eggs

Tools You Will Need

  • Cutting board and bread knife-To slice up some bread if it isn’t already sliced.
  • Biscuit cutter or glass jar-To cut the hole in the bread, either works fine. Try cookie cutters to make fun shapes for kids!
  • Skillet
  • Spatula

How to Make Eggs in a Basket

Start by slicing up some bread into average size pieces, as if you were making regular toast or maybe a tad thicker if you want. We almost always have a loaf of sourdough bread on our counter so I usually use that. Regular white or wheat sandwich bread works just as well.

Take each slice and use a biscuit cutter or a glass jar to cut a hole all the way out of the center. Set the circle piece of bread that you cut out to the side.

Slices of bread with holes cut out of the center

Heat up a skillet (cast iron is my favorite) over medium heat.

Once heated, melt a pad of butter in the skillet. Place a piece of bread into the melted butter.

Crack an egg into the hole in the bread. Season with a dash of freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

2 pieces of bread in a skillet with eggs in the holes in the center of the bread

Allow to cook for several minutes until the eggs white starts to set and the bottom of the bread is golden brown.

Carefully flip the bread over and cook for a minute or two on the top side, or until the egg is done to your preference and the bread is nicely toasted.

A spatula flipping the bread and eggs

Remove from the pan and cook the next piece. If your skillet is large enough, you can cook two or three at once.

While the bread and eggs are cooking, add a little more butter and squeeze the circles of bread in between and allow those to toast on each side.

Eggs in the center of toast cooking in a skillet

Serve fresh and hot. Now you have buttered, toasted bread and a cooked egg all together!

Eggs in a basket, or toast with an egg in the middle, sitting on a plate

What to Serve with Eggs in a Basket

Eggs in a basket is a hearty, filling breakfast on its own but if your family is really hungry, you can add a little something to it.

  • Fresh fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothies
  • Meat and cheese

Storage and Reheating

Eggs in a Basket is best served fresh and hot! Because it’s so quick to whip up, I don’t recommend making it ahead of time.

This meal doesn’t store or reheat well. However, if you accidentally make too much, you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days and reheat in the microwave, oven, or in a skillet until warm.

Mix up your basic eggs and toast by combining them and your family will enjoy a treat in the morning!

Eggs in a Basket

Eggs cooked inside buttered, homemade bread for a delicious and fast breakfast that the whole family will love!
Print Recipe
Eggs in sourdough toast on a plate
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:5 mins

Equipment

  • Biscuit cutter or glass jar
  • Skillet
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 Slice of your favorite bread
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Butter

Instructions

  • Slice a piece of bread and cut a hole out of the center using a biscuit cutter or glass jar.
  • Heat skillet over medium and melt a pad of butter in the skillet.
  • Place bread in the melted butter and carefully crack an egg into the center hole of the bread. Season with pepper, if desired.
  • Add the small circle of bread that you cut out to the skillet to cook as well.
  • When the egg white is mostly set and the bottom of the bread is toasted, carefully flip it over.
  • Allow to cook for just another minute or two to toast the other side and finish cooking the egg. Leave the yolk runny if you like or allow it to cook completely.
  • Remove from the skillet (along with the little toasted circle) and place on a plate. Enjoy fresh and warm!

Notes

Use as many slices of bread and eggs that you need to feed the entire family!
This dish is best enjoyed fresh and hot and doesn’t to store or reheat well.
Add a sprinkle of cheese for extra flavor, if desired.
 
Servings: 1

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