Breakfast Bird's Nest

"My grandmother and mom both made these for me when I was very little and now I make them for my little ones. They love their eggs made this way. Some people call them "egg in a window", but my mom always called them "bird's nests". Kids love them, but I still make them for myself :) There's just something yummier about the "dipping" toast being fried in butter instead of just popped in the toaster, and after dipping, the egg white tastes great with the fried bread from the "nest"."
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Ready In:


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 slice bread (your favorite)
  • 2 teaspoons butter


  • Lay bread on the counter or a plate.
  • Using a wide topped glass, cut a circle out of the center of the bread.
  • Over medium heat, melt 1 tsp butter in a non-stick skillet.
  • When heated, lay both pieces of bread (the circle and the piece with the hole) in pan and reduce heat to low-medium.
  • When bread is very lightly browned on the bottom, drop 1 tsp butter into the hole.
  • When melted, crack the egg over the hole and allow egg to drop into and fill the hole.
  • Cook for 1- 2 minutes and then flip the bread with the egg and the bread circle over.
  • Cook for about 2- 3 minutes, until bread is lightly browned and egg is set.
  • Serve egg with the toasted bread circle for dipping.

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  1. I loved this when I was a kid! We called it "Toad in the Hole," though. It's very important to use butter, not any other kind of oil.
  2. This was my fav as a kid, and my son loves it now. We called it a "one eyed sandwich"!
  3. "Eggs in a Basket" is what we call 'em. YUM!
  4. These are great! My mother made these for me all the time growing up, but we called it "Toad in the Hole" as well.
  5. This is so quick and easy. My guys really went for it, which proves adults like it as well as kids. The only thing i did different was to use a biscuit cutter to cut the center out of the bread with.


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