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Toad in the Hole

American Toad in a hole is one of the first recipes I had my children prepare when they were learning to cook. Much easier than the European version, this fun egg-in-a-hole is sure to please. My "little ones" are now grown (and have advanced to more difficult recipes!), but this continues to be a traditional standby in my home and theirs. —Ruth Lechleiter, Breckenridge, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    1 serving


  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut a 3-in. hole in the middle of the bread and discard. In a small skillet, melt the butter; place the bread in the skillet.
  • Place egg in the hole. Cook for about 2 minutes over medium heat until the bread is lightly browned. Turn and cook the other side until egg yolk is almost set. Season with salt and pepper.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 183 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 196mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 fat.

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  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Jan 31, 2021

    Very good! I toasted middle circle too. New family favorite.

  • Ben
    Dec 8, 2020

    Now listen. I donand#039;t know what that is, but it isnand#039;t Toad in the Hole. My 5 year old son can complete the steps to make a Toad in the Hole and canand#039;t even write. All you have to do is mix equal volumes of egg/flour/milk, put some sausages in a pan, pout over the batter and cook. It isnand#039;t rocket science. That thing is an abomination and is the sort of thing that starts wars. Call Iand#039;m something like andquot;egg in breadandquot; if you must make it. Even better, make proper Toad in the Hole.

  • marilyn
    Aug 26, 2020

    My mom used to make these for us but it was called eggs in a basket. Yum. When I make them I save the cutout bread and brown it in the skillet too.

  • Sahara
    May 10, 2020

    My mom used to call this toe in the hole but making this brought back so many memories

  • Aneen
    Mar 20, 2020

    Just made this with my kids they loved it. We used to call it Sledgehammer bread because in the tv series Sledgehammer he used to toss the bread in the air and shoot a hole in and catch it in the pan. Brings back great memories. Ps. I’m a South African and we know it as Toad in a Hole!

  • RyLee
    Feb 28, 2020

    Name aside (this is the correct name in America people relax) I can’t believe you said to throw away the middle piece of bread, you’re supposed to toast that and dip it in your egg!

  • Sandra
    Feb 28, 2020

    My mother called this bunny in the hole. I have no idea why...but I have such wonderful memories of her serving us this for breakfast.

    Jun 6, 2019

    Cheater way to make eggs in the microwave from 1975! Lol No name either, just when we wanted an egg with a runny middle, we made it this way.

  • Tom
    May 5, 2019

    Interesting that i found this recipe after looking for what Iron Chef Guarnaschelli called an egg in the middle of pumpernickel bread “toad in a hole”

  • gunslinger
    May 5, 2019

    One of our favorite breakfast recipes! We cook the Hole in butter and eat it with syrup or jelly.