Easy Cheesy Breakfast

There aren’t many of my recipes that could be accused of actually being “healthy”, but if you want a breakfast treat that is at least a little "healthier" than some of my other options, this is a quick and easy one to make.

According to the “experts”, one day all that cholesterol in the eggs is bad for you and the next day they’ve determined it’s not so bad after all. On a good day, eggs are even good for you. I’ve given up trying to keep score.

You’ll have to decide the merits of the six ingredients (bread, salt and pepper, eggs, butter and cheese) for yourself.

And of course you can always choose the lesser of the evils by substituting margarine for butter or vice versa if you can ever get a straight answer from the sages as to which really is better.

However, the preparation of this recipe requires baking instead of frying as is the more common method to prepare eggs, so that’s my justification for suggesting this recipe may be “healthier” even if it’s not “healthy.”

You can make just one for yourself to take the edge off your appetite until you get to McDonald’s for a Bacon ‘n Egg McMuffin Breakfast Meal on your way to work; or you can make them in quantity to serve your guests as you enjoy a relaxing morning of fellowship with friends around your dining room table.

And if you’re like me and the “healthier” status isn’t a concern for you, (even if it should be) serve these alongside some fried sausages or bacon or maybe even some left-over fried mashed potatoes.

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Total Time: 20 min.

Serves: 1

Stuff You’ll Need:

  • 1 slice bread

  • Salt & pepper

  • 1 egg

  • Butter

  • Shredded cheese

Do This:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.

  2. Spray a baking pan with cooking oil.

  3. Lay your bread on the baking pan and depress the center with the base of a spoon to form a small nest-like hollow in the bread.

  4. Salt & pepper the bread.

  5. Break an egg into the hollow in the bread trying not to break the yolk.

  6. Carefully spread some butter along the edges of the bread where there’s no egg.

  7. Sprinkle the cheese on the toast, around the outside of the egg.

  8. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the egg is cooked and the cheese has started to brown.

  9. Serve with salt and pepper and hot sauce or ketchup as desired.


  1. Don’t some people call this “Toad in a Hole”?

    1. "Toad In A Hole" is more traditionally a British recipe that consists mainly of bangers (sausages) in Yorkshire Pudding. In the past, it has also been made with rump steak and lamb's kidney.

      What the Americans call "Toad In A Hole" is really "Egg In A Basket". This is much closer to "Easy Cheesy Breakfast" with the biggest difference being, one is fried and the other baked.

      There is also no hole cut right through the bread in the "Easy Cheesy Breakfast" so there's less opportunity for the uncooked egg to leak out the bottom before setting.

      "Egg In A Basket" doesn't have this issue because it's fried, not baked, so the egg begins to set immediately when it is cracked into the hole in the bread that is already in place in a hot frying pan.

      The recipes I have seen for "Egg In A Basket" also don't usually include cheese, although it could always be easily added.

      But I think I need a more clever name for this recipe.

      Do you have any suggestions?


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