French Toad-in-the-Hole

Bright sunny day out :)
Are you ready for the weekend? I know I am since erm, Wednesday! Brunch is my favourite meal of the week, maybe because it comes by far and only few in between :) I grew up eating French toast on weekends, the smell of fried eggs mingled with butter is all familiar on a Saturday morning. It sets the beginning of a glorious day to do as I wish as it rolls pass warm and lazy for the next 48 hours.

I've since found ways to improve my mum's traditional French toast to a French toad-in-a-hole! Well, it's really more like French toast and egg in a basket but I just wanted to stay true to the namesake of the recipe I adapted from. So here is to a deliciously easy brunch all the same :)

Ingredients
  • 4 thickly sliced bread
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbs Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • A knob of butter
  • A stalk of fresh parsley, minced for garnishing
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Adapted from Amateur Gourmet

Prep work in my tiny kitchen
Directions
  1. Cut a hole in all bread slices. I used a cookie cutter for a perfect round hole but it's really not necessary!
  2. In a wide shallow dish, whisk in 1 egg with milk, Parmesan cheese and few cranks of black pepper
  3. Soak each slice of bread in the egg mixture until well coated on all sides
  4. Set a non-stick pan on medium heat with a knob of butter
  5. Once the butter is foamy, lay each piece in the pan for 1 minute
  6. Break an egg into each of the bread and let it sit until the bottom of the bread is slightly browned. Take a little peek by lifting the corner of the bread without spilling the egg in the hole
  7. Once the eggs are a little firm, flip it over to brown the other side
  8. Depends on how you prefer the egg: runny egg, 1-2 minutes while an almost hard yolk takes a good 3+ minutes
  9. Garnish with minced parsley and have a happy weekend!
Someone likes it runny but not too runny (!)

32 comments:

  1. I've never heard of it before! I loved it, i'm keeping your recipe.

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  2. I made this before and the kids love it!

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  3. What a fabulous idea! My husband and I love making egg-in-a-baskets, and this is a fantastic (and I'm sure delicious) variation.

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  4. This looks delicious. I love trying new breakfast ideas so this will surely be on the menu sometime soon!

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  5. This looks reaaaalllly good :)

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  6. I would love that for breakfast now! Looks fantastic.

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  7. There's nothing like a big slab of French toast on the weekend. This looks glorious!

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  8. Love this, because you get the sweet plus the savory -- all in one bite! ;)

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  9. i've never seen anything like this, but it looks awesome! what a great recipe and so creative!!

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  10. I love this! It's my favorite breakfast!

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  11. Oh my... I LOVE your website. I just kept looking and looking...I was lost in your website! Thank you for finding me first - otherwise I don't know when I could find you. You have beautiful photos and I just adore your website very much. All the food looks beautiful and yummy. Looking foward to following you through facebook! Nice to meet you!

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  12. woah! the runny yolk in the center is such a treat!!!

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  13. I live toads in a hole but it's been a while since I last had one! Your looks absolutely delicious !!

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  14. That should have been 'I love toads in a hole!'

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  15. Ooh I'm loving this especially with the runny yolk too! :D That's pure sunshine there!

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  16. That is an awesome dish which I really have to make! What a fabulous dish.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  17. Drool! My friend made this for me once. :)

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  18. Runny egg runny egg, don't run away from me!

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  19. Wow this looks fantastic!!! I love the runny yolk!

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  20. Looks great!! Love the egg yolk oozing out :)

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  21. This is a brilliant idea!! I would love to have runny yolk inside my toast :D)!

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  22. I love this combo of bread dishes! And, it's so pretty. I have to try this.

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  23. Very cute presentation! My boyfriend did something similar for a surprise breakfast for me on vday but cut the bread in the shape of a heart =D.

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  24. I absolutely love this. The egg in the bread sounds mouthwatering, and the presentation is completely perfect! Garnishing it with fresh parsley sounds delicious, too :)

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  25. I've never HAD a toad in a hole. But yours looks very, very cute indeed! And sounds pretty delicious.

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  26. This is amazing! I never thought to make eggs like this before :) Yum, and the photos look fantastic too..

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  27. My man has always hassled me about making toad in the hole... but I've never had it and never been interested... until today. I think he'll be thanking you more than I. Love your work!

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  28. This is not Toad in a hole. Toad in a hole is sausages in Yorkshire pudding period. This is french "egg in a basket" or "bird in a nest"....no sausage, no pudding...no Toad in a hole.

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