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Toad in the Hole Recipe

Toad in the Hole Recipe

This is one of the first recipes I had my children prepare when they were learning to cook. 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. YIELD:1 servings


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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 1 serving.

Nutritional 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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MFComedy User ID: 8823074 246473
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"My mom always called this a Spit In The Ocean. Going to make one right now."

tageorge User ID: 1426744 246424
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"Your recipe says to discard the ring of bread cut from the slice. Waste not, want not. Toast the circle of bread in the same pan with the Toad in the Hole.

I have been preparing this dish for many, many years and taught my children how to prepare this at an early age. They still enjoy Toad in the Hole.
My 4 star review is based on discarding the center of the bread.
A 5 star rating goes out to the dish itself."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 232032
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"This is a great recipe for kids. To make it even more kid-friendly, have them prepare it in a microwave. Just place the egg in the center of the toast. With a toothpick, poke the yolk two times and the egg white four times so the egg won't explode. Place the plate in the microwave and cover. Microwave at 70% power for about 90 seconds. Let stand, covered for 1 minute. Serve."

Susan8676 User ID: 2123420 227590
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2015

"This is a camping favorite...I like to use a <3 cookie cutter to make the hole, & toast the "hole" on the side. Plus I throw 2 eggs on each rather than eating the carbs of 2 pieces of bread. Cracker Barrel calls it "Eggs in the basket" I think..."

truckee5 User ID: 8203868 217266
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"Love this recipe but its not toad in the hole."

shejoy User ID: 8185042 216075
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"I recently introduced my husband to this classic, made for me as a kid by my Aunt Debby. He's crazy about it! He suggested adding a cinnamon sugar mixture before cooking and it's delicious. Also, NEVER discard the center!"

BradyBunch2 User ID: 198188 202042
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"Grew up having this & my daughter has loved it since she was small - but you never discard the hole you cut out! That's the best part, all buttery crisp & toasty. My daughter considers it a treat when she comes to visit & I cook this for her. Lots of good memories."

BEAR8216 User ID: 7638127 18336
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"I have always called it Bird's Nest. Keep the round, which is cut out by using a drinking glass, then butter in the skillet, add the egg and place a few slices of cooked ham in the skillet. When you flip over the bread witrh egg, add the heated up ham and place a slice of American cheese on it, continue to heat until cheese is melted. Make sure you flip the cutout too. More toast to dip the egg yolk with. Enjoy."

Joycehm User ID: 7644516 19600
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"While this is a delicious and easy-to-make breakfast dish, it is not Toad-In-The-Hole, which is sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding batter (contrary to another reviewer's interpretation), and hails from England. Egg-in-a-hole was famous in our family and remains a favorite of my grandchildren - and their grandmother!"

Leahjanie User ID: 4176401 16469
Reviewed May. 9, 2013

"This has been a popular recipe with my growing up years and still is but my parents always called just an egg in the hole. lol. doesn't really matter the name still good and taste the same after all. :)"

heresheis2000 User ID: 4291891 13966
Reviewed May. 9, 2013

"We call this Ceska Surprise - We butter the bread, use a shot glass to make the hole and cook the hole too. That is the first piece to dunk in the yolk."

dawnbucher User ID: 6986009 13965
Reviewed May. 8, 2013

"I know this recipe very well, but I call it a Birds Nest."

imsuzie2 User ID: 2773704 18333
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"I called this "Hole in the Head," don't know why. I am very bad and throw the cutout in the pan too...with a bit more butter or margarine. Yummy!"

katmiles55 User ID: 7131191 202041
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"This is NOT traditional toad in the hole, which is a breakfast casserole with eggs, sausage, bread, maple syrup."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 73829
Reviewed May. 9, 2012

"My kids love these!"

billandpete User ID: 4825986 73828
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2010

"A traditional 'Toad in the Hole' is a Yorkshire pudding with sausages."

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