Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

While perfect for an easy, healthy way to start an ordinary day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers. Most of the prep work can be done ahead of time!

A few weeks ago, I spent a several days with my sister, Annie in Washington D.C. It was a wonderful time, but there’s something I’m a little embarrassed to admit… I didn’t visit many of the traditional D.C. sights. Annie and I enjoyed an amazing tour of the beautiful National Cathedral, but other than that, we spent most of our time talking, walking and cooking! Annie and I are two peas in a pod when it comes to enjoying time in the kitchen and sharing new recipe discoveries is one of our favorite things to do. Scott always says it’s a bit dangerous when we visit together as we “egg each other on”. This time it was true – literally!

The first morning of my visit, Annie served some wonderful baked eggs. She said her daughter, Katherine had served them for breakfast during a recent visit. The recipe was super simple, but so delicious; just eggs baked in muffin tins till perfectly done, with firm whites and runny yolks. Coarse black pepper, flaky sea salt and a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh herbs finished them off perfectly. We enjoyed the pretty eggs with whole grain toast, chicken sausage and fresh fruit. A wonderful, healthy way to start the day – I loved it so much I requested the exact same breakfast the following morning!

Guess what Scott had for his morning meal the first day I was back home? Even though my plane arrived close to midnight, I was up the next morning, trying out the new breakfast recipe on him. The following day, I had some fun testing a little different approach. I picked up a large bag of whole grain rolls and began experimenting with scooping out the centers and baking the eggs right in the rolls. It took a few tries to get the technique down pat, but we love the results. They’re perfect for an easy, everyday breakfast, but they would also be great for a spring brunch, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time.

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

Although these eggs are super easy to make, I thought it might be helpful to show you a few pics of the technique, since it’s more a technique than a recipe. Scott was kind enough to grab his camera, so you could see exactly how the process works. Feel free to use this same method with one egg, for just yourself – or a hundred and one, for the whole neighborhood!

You’ll need some round, crusty dinner rolls. The size is up to you. The larger the rolls, the more egg they’ll hold. I used medium-size whole grain rolls that I found at Sam’s Club. For these rolls, small eggs fit perfectly. If you use larger rolls, you could use medium or even large eggs. Try one out before you make a whole batch and see what works best.

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up. Slice the top off of each roll (about a quarter of the roll) and set the tops aside.

 

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

With a small, sharp knife, cut around the edge of the roll, leaving a 1/4-inch rim. Extend your knife almost to the bottom of the roll, but don’t cut through the bottom. Once you’ve cut all the way around, use your knife to gently “wedge” out the center. If it doesn’t all come out, use your fingers to pull out the rest. You can also compress the inner walls of the rolls with your finger a bit to make the opening a bit larger, to accommodate your eggs. This will depend on the size of your rolls and eggs. Test an egg with one of the rolls to see what works best.

 

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

If you’re like me, you might get a little over zealous when cutting out the centers. Check each roll when you finish by holding it up to the light. (See that little hole in the first image above?) If you notice a small hole, take a small piece of bread (from one of the leftover cutout centers), place it over the hole and push it down with your finger to form a little “plug” for the hole.

 

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

Brush the rims and outsides of each roll with melted butter (about 1 teaspoon per roll) and place on prepared pan. The butter will make the rolls super crisp and delicious after baking. (If you’re watching your calories, this only adds 34 calories per serving, but adds tons of flavor).  If prepping ahead, place all rolls on a baking sheet at this point and cover with plastic wrap or foil till just before baking time.

 

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

Break an egg into a small bowl (check for any tiny bits of shell) and pour it into the “bread basket”. Repeat for all the rolls and eggs.

 

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

Add 1/2-1 teaspoon of cream to each egg and a sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper.

 

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

Ready to bake!

Bake for 18-22 minutes or until egg is set. Remove from oven and sprinkle with your choice of fresh herbs. Serve and enjoy!

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

One last thing, go ahead and brush the reserved tops with a little butter too. During the last 5 minutes of baking, pop them in the oven and serve these fun little “toasts” on a pretty plate with a jar of jam.

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

Add a bowl of fresh fruit for a fabulous breakfast or brunch!

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - Perfect for an easy way to start the day, these baked eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get-togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time! thecafesucrefarine.com

Thanks for the inspiration Annie!

A few things I used to make and serve this breakfast:

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Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets

Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets - perfect for an easy, everyday breakfast these eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time!

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Perfect for an easy, everyday breakfast these eggs are also wonderful for breakfast and brunch get togethers, as most of the prep work can be done ahead of time!

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Ingredients

6 whole grain dinner rolls

6  eggs* (see note regarding size)

2 tablespoons melted butter

2 tablespoons heavy cream

kosher salt

fresh ground black pepper

finely chopped fresh herbs, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up. Slice the top off of each roll (about a quarter of the roll) and set the tops aside.
  2. With a small, sharp knife, cut around the edge of the roll, leaving a 1/4-inch rim. Extend your knife almost to the bottom of the roll but don’t cut through the bottom. Once you’ve cut all the way around, use your knife to gently “wedge” out the center**. If it doesn’t all come out, use your fingers to pull out the rest. You can also compress the inner walls of the rolls with your finger a bit to make the opening a bit larger, to accommodate your eggs. This will depend on the size of your rolls and eggs. Test an egg with one of the rolls to see what works best.
  3. Check each roll when you finish by holding it up to the light. If you notice a small hole, take a small piece of bread (from one of the cutout centers), place it over the hole and push it down with your finger to form a little “plug” for the hole. (See pictures in the post for this.)
  4. Brush the rims and outsides of each roll with melted butter (about 1 teaspoon per roll) and place on prepared pan. The butter will make the rolls super crisp and delicious after baking. (If you’re watching your calories, this only adds 34 calories per serving but adds tons of flavor).  If prepping ahead, place all rolls on a baking sheet at this point and cover with plastic wrap or foil till just before baking time.
  5. Break an egg into a small bowl (check for any tiny bits of shell) and carefully pour it into the “bread basket”. Repeat for all the rolls and eggs.****. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with your choice of fresh herbs (I used dill and thyme). Serve and enjoy!
  6. The last 5 minutes of baking, pop the tops in the oven and serve these fun little “toasts” on a pretty plate with a jar of jam. All you need is fresh fruit for a fabulous breakfast or brunch!

Notes

*The size of your rolls will determine what size eggs you should use. If your rolls are fairly large, medium or large eggs will work well. If the rolls are small dinner size rolls, you may need to use small eggs. I recommend trying one roll out with an egg before finishing prep.

**Save the centers to make bread crumbs for future use. Just allow them to dry out, then whirl them around in a blender.

***If you find your eggs are too large for your “baskets”, and you don’t have the option of smaller eggs, you can pour off a little of the white before adding it to the bread basket. I found the best way to do this, is to break the egg into a measuring cup with a spout. If the white is very thick and you can’t pour off just a little, begin to pour, then cut a bit of the white off with a kitchen shears.

**** Baking time with depend on the size of eggs as well as the size of the rolls.

Use this recipe as a template. In other words, feel free to change up the size of the rolls and the eggs. Use large rolls and eggs. Make as few or as many as you want. Use your favorite fresh herbs or dried herbs. Italian seasoning is great.

 

 



34 thoughts on “Baked Eggs in Bread Baskets”

  • Was there ever an answer to cooking the eggs longer so that the yolk isn’t runny? I was wondering how long they had to cook them. These sound delicious and can’t wait to make them.

  • DC is a great place! The last few times I’ve been there have been for business, and I really didn’t have time to see/do anything. I need to make a road trip! But first, I need to make these to fuel up. Wow, what a fun recipe! Very creative — thanks.

  • Love these! I’ve made something very similar but with croissants. Takes ‘Toad in the Hole’ to a whole new level 🙂 Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your sister. So nice you stay in touch!

  • your smile always makes me smile and your recipes are so full of love and flavour. We love eggs for breakfast and this way of serving them is a delight. Thank you xoxo

  • These egg baskets are so pretty! I can’t believe they are that simple to make! Thank you for doing the trial and error testing. One of the best parts of this breakfast, is that every time you enjoy it, it will bring happy memories to mind of the time spent with your sister. 🙂

  • Beautiful way to prepare eggs Chris, great tips and technique. Sounds like you had a wonderful time visiting your sister, DC is a pretty fun place whether you see much of it or not. I went a few years ago when my daughter lived there and we only visited a few monuments, we spent our time shopping, lol.

  • I love DC but haven’t been there for years. The last time I went to the National Cathedral I was with my mother and she’s been gone for many years. We loved the cathedral with all its nooks and crannies.

    Your eggs in bread baskets and the resultant little toasts would be a wonderful breakfast.

  • It looks fabulous, but I have one question….what is the cream for? Seems like it would just make the bread soggy?
    I am going to try this recipe, I love my eggs runny , but the husband likes his harder in the center. Will try baking his a
    bit longer and not brushing the top to soon as you suggested to another reader.

    • It’s funny Cindy, I wondered the same thing. I decided to use a little cream because that’s how the French make their baked eggs. But then I decided to try it without the cream and see how they were.The eggs were a little tough. I think the little bit of cream helps keep things moist. And it doesn’t make the crust soggy at all. I don’t think it’s enough to do that.

  • How cute would these be for Christmas brunch also!?
    Have to find buns just like yours..I have had the eggs in muffin tins..and even in the muffin cups draped in plain white bread or prosciutto..nothing this cute.Thank you!

    • Thanks Monique! They’d be perfect for a Christmas brunch. I think it would also be nice to serve them on a little pool of marinara for an Italian version!
      Oh, and I got the rolls, a huge bag, at Sam’s Club – not sure if you have them in Canada.

  • I have made something very similar many times, but the problem is, how do you keep the bread edges from burning? They always get very dark and almost burned.

    • Hi Barbara, I haven’t had a problem with the edges getting burned but I don’t bake them past the whites getting firm. You could try not brushing them with butter till near the end.

  • this sounds like heaven for supper to me, I am always looking for non meat options, and this is so simple and so easy…I would have never thought to add cream, heaven! Thanks Chris!

  • Absolutely gorgeous! Can hardly wait for the perfect opportunity to impress with theses beauties. Would you mind sharing the herbs you used? I have a small herb garden but I’m having a little trouble identifying those in the pictures, maybe baby oregano? snippets of dill? I think the choice of herbs with eggs would have to be carefully selected since all varieties may not go well. Thank you for another “keeper” I made your Honey-Bourbon glazed salmon just this week, it was simply delicious! I must tell you, I find your recipes to be extremely well thought out, easy to follow and my oh my, such beautiful pictures!

    • Hi Patricia, thanks so much for your very kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. For the eggs in the picture, you guessed well, I used snippets of dill and a little lemon thyme. Rosemary is also delicious with thyme or basil and a little fresh oregano and Italian parsley are wonderful. You could also add a little lemon zest chopped with the herbs.

  • i make this!! Sometimes I put baby spinach and/or ham in the bottom, then sprinkle the egg with some cheese. It is so good!

    • Thanks Tricia, they’d be perfect for a brunch. I like the idea of a semi healthy brunch as usually they’re overloaded with high calorie offerings. Not that I’m not in love with coffee cakes and cinnamon rolls and donuts, etc. It’s just a nice alternative. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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