Monday, January 28, 2013

So Simply Perfect....Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole!

From Egg in a hole, Toad in a Hole and Eggy in a Basket, Bird in a Nest to Hobo Eggs, it seems that everyone calls this breakfast treat by a different name.  The first time I made this, I used homemade bread and I was able to cut some nice thick slices of bread. The thicker the bread, the smaller the hole needs to be. You can cut the hole with a knife, a small glass, a biscuit cutter, or anything else that you find handy. Or you can just tear a hole out of the center with your hands. It’s up to you, it’s your breakfast! 

This time around, I used a biscuit cutter to make a fairly large hole because the bread wasn’t very thick. It worked perfectly. I buttered one side of the bread, placed the dry side down in a buttered cast iron skillet, cracked an egg into the hole, sprinkled with a little salt and a lot of freshly ground black pepper and let it sizzle away for a few minutes. From here you can do one of two things. When the egg starts to set, you can carefully flip the bread over and cook it to your liking. Or, you can pop the whole pan under the broiler for a minute or two.

Valentines Day is coming up!  Try this to start your sweetheart's day off with a simple but wonderful breakfast.  You can even do this entirely in the oven with a heart shaped muffin tin heavily buttered, lined with bread or frozen and thawed hashbrown potatoes (as seen below) and filled with an egg.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes or until the egg is set the way your sweetie likes them!  Add a valentines card to the breakfast setting and start his/her day off with love.  Valentines Day doesn't have to be a big, showy expensive day...just show them you care and think of them.  Isn't that what we all need?  The breakfast is bonus!

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