This dish has the craziest bunch of names ever. Some people call in a toad in the hole, eggy in the basket, chick in the hole. It’s mental. I first saw it in the film V for Vendetta about 7 years ago and was wondering if it was a real thing. I then looked up it, thought it sounded really interesting and delicious. I then promptly forgot about it and haven’t thought about it again until this week for some unknown reason.
So this lovely morning, waking up in my Dads house in the sticks, I decided to try to whip these things up. And boy are they good! Crisp and rich. Quick and delicious. The ideal lazy Sunday morning food. It involves cutting a large hole in the centre of a slice of bread, frying it on both sides with butter and then frying an egg in the hole. Laced in butter and served with a perfectly crispy bits of streaky bacon. Not a sign of anything healthy in sight. Grand.
2 slices of bread per person
2 eggs per person
Salt and pepper
-Take a large slice of bread and using a round glass, cut a hole in the bread like so.
-Next get a frying pan on a medium/high heat and add a large (seriously, I mean LARGE) knob of butter to the pan.
-Once it is mostly melted pop the bread into the pan and turn it down to a medium.
-After a minute or two (when the bread starts to get crispy) crack an egg into the hole.
-Once the egg has started to set, season with salt and pepper then gently flip the whole thing and fry on the other side for 5 minutes.
-After you flip it, you can always add a little more butter to the pan if you want it extra luxurious.
-Cook the egg to your liking and then serve with whatever takes your fancy.
-Enjoy leisurely over a cup of tea and the newspaper. And don’t worry if you can’t finish the sudoku, neither can I.