Egg in the Basket


This dish has many names…

Egg-in-a-frame, Egg-in-a-window, Egg in toast, Hen-in-a-nest, Moon egg, Egg-in-the-hole, One-eyed Jack or what I like to call it Egg-in-the-basket. All it simply is an egg, pan cooked in a piece of bread with the center cut out.

This quick and easy dish is a staple in my kitchen on weekends for breakfast or lunch. I make this often as it is quick and easy. I often serve up one of these (one egg, one toast) with the fruit in season.

serves 4
active time 25 minutes, total time 25 minutes


4  slices of bread 
4 tablespoons softened butter, enough to butter bread/pan or alternatively you can use pam cooking spray.
4 eggs
Black pepper


  1. Using the shape of preference. Cut-out shape  in center of each piece of bread using biscuit cutter, cup or cookie cutter and coat both sides of each slice with butter.
  2.  Melt about a 1/2 tablespoon butter in a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat and add buttered bread. Toast until bread is golden brown 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove bread from pan and melt additional butter (if needed). Once butter has melted add bread, toasted side up.
  4. Crack egg into each hole. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until your egg is done to your preference.
  5. Sprinkle with coarse salt and cracked black pepper. Serve immediately.

Tara’s Notes:

I used a pancake mold to cut out the flower shape. My dear friends the Beckers gave me this cute lil flower shaped (iron) cut-out this year and it is the perfect tool for this dish.


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