If you have a weekend house, then you probably get weekend house guests. Breakfast is often a leisurely affair with lots of catching up over bottomless cups of coffee. This is a great recipe if for no other reason than it eliminates the staggering of serving individual plates of fried eggs or pancakes. As hostess I am always the one who eats last and although I don’t mind that, the guests feel uncomfortable starting without me and end up with cold food. So try this next time you have a house full of guests. It has been called Toad in a Hole, Hen in a Nest, Eggs in a Basket and One-eyed Jack.
1 loaf of Italian bread
1/4 cup of half & half
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a serrated knife, cut 4 holes about 2 inches in diameter into the top of the loaf. Insert the knife into bread about 3/4 of the way into loaf, be careful not to cut through the bottom. Carefully move the knife around to make a circle and use fingers to remove the cylinders of bread. A larger loaf would allow for more eggs.
Crack an egg into each of the holes. Top with a TBS of half & half. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1 TBS of parmesan cheese on top of each egg.
Bake till whites set and yolk is still jiggly, about 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately.
This recipe is from the Pow Wow website.