Nest Egg

Cover recipe- Food Network Magazine, Nest Egg: April 2010

April’s Food Network Magazine features EGGS:  50 fun ideas for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  In typical Food Network magazine format, there’s a little insert in the magazine that contains 50 simple ideas for serving up eggs.  Included are such things as Fried Eggwich, Huevos Rancheros, Omelets, Scrambles, Pickled Eggs, Salads, and Tea Eggs.  Instructions for each “recipe” are given in a handful of sentences, which makes them seem easy and approachable.

Apparently, this “Nest Egg” breakfast has been around for quite some time.  I had never had one before today.  My own Mother simply poached an egg and placed it on top of toasted bread.  That was the closest I ever got to the “Nested Egg.”  In this recipe, you cut a round patch out of the middle of the bread, then toast the bread in a hot buttered skillet before cracking the egg and placing it in the hole.  Pretty simple.  I find myself wondering though how this recipe ever came together.  Who would ever think of cutting a hole in the bread to place an egg in there.  Seems like a strange way to go about serving up eggs and toast.  That being said, I really enjoyed this breakfast.  It probably helped that I used real butter for toasting my bread.  See my notes below for more…

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Nest Egg

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 3 min


1 slice of bread
1 egg
salt and pepper
bacon, optional


Cut a round out of a slice of bread; toast the bread in a nonstick skillet with butter.  Crack an egg into the hole, add salt and pepper, cover and cook until the white sets.  Serve with bacon.


*I tried out two different sizes of round biscuit cutters:  2 inches and 2 3/4 inches.  When I made this recipe with the smaller cutter, the egg didn't seem to cook very quickly, resulting in the bread being more toasted on the bottom than I liked.  When I used the larger cutter, the egg was more spread out and the egg cooked more evenly- therefore my bread was toasted up just right.
*It's important to keep the lid sealed tight to keep the heat in so the egg will cook entirely.  I had a glass lid, which made spying on the egg much easier.  I'm not sure what you do if you have a metal lid!
*Keep the heat fairly low so your bread doesn't burn.

Source:  Food Network Magazine, April 2010

The results:

It was a fun breakfast, and everyone liked it, of course. I made the recipe twice, and I couldn’t get my egg to turn out nice and sunny side up with the egg yolk showing brightly like they did in the picture.  I’d love to know how they did that.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes!  I thought it was a fun egg recipe for Easter month, and it’s a good one to try for those of us who never have.

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

17 Responses to “Nest Egg”

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    Sagan — March 10, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    Mmmm I LOVE eggy in a basket! Or nest egg :) I think this recipe has about a dozen different names. I’d forgotten all about it until this post- I always eat a poached egg on toast but this is equally delicious and fun! I also like to add the cut-out circle to the pan along with the other bread and have that, toasted, with a little butter. Yummy!

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    Maria — March 10, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    Hubs loves these, yes, he is a kid at heart:) Glad you gave it an A-OK:)

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    Kasey — March 10, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    I’ve always called it ‘egg in a whole.’–my husband loves to make it–esp. when we have homemade bread on hand :) The thick, crusty kind makes the best!

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    Judy — March 10, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    Have been eating these my whole life. We called them “egg in a nest” or a “toad in a whole” not sure where that one came from…

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    gina — March 10, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    i love “toad-in-the-hole!” i think it came about as a way to keep the eggs from spreading too much? the bread makes a nice container, similar to the little egg rings they have nowadays.

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    noble pig — March 10, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

    I make these all the time and love them!

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    LilSis — March 10, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    I started making these when my son was around two years old. I still do make them occasionally. I love them! But, I also LOVE just about any kind of breakfast food. When I saw the cover of Food Network, it made me want to make them again. For some reason, we always called them “toad in the hole.”

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    Cheryl — March 10, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

    When my mother made these she also called them “toad in a hole”. I made them for my girls and they make them for their kids. Fun recipe.

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    Erin @ One Particular Kitchen — March 10, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

    I make this all the time! My mama made them and I still love them. I actually cook both sides of the bread because I can’t handle any hint of runny yolks. So good!

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    Jenni — March 10, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    I love these! I never had them until I made them as an adult, but I love them. I mix it up a bit and on occasion will scramble the eggs first and add some cinnamon or vanilla to the egg mixture at times as well. This is a fun easy breakfast!

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    Tracey — March 11, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    I’ve never made this either, but when my issue of FN magazine came in recently it looked so yummy! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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    Leah — March 11, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    My kids call these “egg-in-a-toast”, or” heart-shaped eggs”; it depends on the cookie cutter I use. :-)

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    Louise — March 13, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    “Toad in a hole” here too although, I’m not quite sure why. I’ll have to investigate further. I’ve done this French Toast Style. It’s yummy that way too!!! Thanks for sharing, Lori…

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    Rebecca — March 15, 2010 @ 5:04 am

    Humpty Dumpty Eggs! When my mom made this for me as a child, we always used to recite the Humpty-Dumpty- Sat on a Wall nursery rhyme, and when Humpty fell down- I’d break the egg yolk…..

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    Sue — March 27, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    I blogged about the exact same thing the other day… it’s the only way I can make a fried egg! (Your pic turned out much better than mine… haha).

    Great idea for a blog! I love it :)

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    Richard — March 29, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

    Okay well i think to get the yolk to show you need fresher eggs!!

    As for toad in the hole i can say with some authority that is a dish of pancake (yorkshire pudding) batter with sausages cooked in.

    This confusion is similar but more sever than the one that says shepherds pie is made with beef!!

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    Sheryl G. — May 17, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    I tried this recipe last week – my first “nest” was a little burnt because the pan was too hot. But the ones I did after, turned out perfect. I buttered both sides of the bread before putting it in the pan. May have to try the French Toast style or scramble the egg first – great ideas! I served this with Turkey bacon on the side. Will definitely do this again with my kids. And the holes did not go to waste – I buttered both sides and toasted them for my two year old. She loved them!

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