Toad in the Hole

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Toasted bread with an egg cooked into the middle – This Toad in the hole recipe is a breakfast classic that is simple and perfect for any morning.

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What is Toad in the Hole?

Toad in the Hole is a super fun and different breakfast recipe that my kids LOVE. Not only is it super delicious but it’s really fun to make! The ingredients are simple – eggs, slices of bread, butter, and a little salt and pepper.

A hole is cut out of the slice of bread, toasted in a pan, with an egg cooked in the hole. And don’t forget to toast the little hole of toast! That’s one of the best parts – use it to soak up and eat the runny part of the egg!

If you haven’t tried Toad in the Hole before, now is your chance! It’s so simple, you’ll want to make it every day of the week. And your kids will love it too. It’s also a great “breakfast in bed” dish. With some fruit or oatmeal on the side and a big glass of orange juice.

How to Make Toad in the Hole Breakfast

How to Make Toad in the Hole Breakfast

The best part about Toad in the Hole? It’s the easiest breakfast you’ll ever make – after cold cereal. Grab a circle cookie cutter or biscuit cutter that’s about 3 inches around. Cut out the holes in your slices of bread – I like to use white bread. (Save those holes to toast in the pan!)

Melt one teaspoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat. After the butter has melted, place your bread in the pan. Crack an egg and pour it into the hole. Cook the egg/bread in the pan for about 2 minutes until the bread is lightly toasted. Flip the toast over and cook on the other side until the egg yolk is almost set and the bread is toasted.

Season with a little salt and pepper and eat the toast warm. You can vary the cooking times based on how you like your eggs – longer if you like your eggs more cooked or less if you like them runny.

Toad in the Hole Recipe

What if I don’t have a circle cookie cutter?

No need to fret! You can also use a glass cup to cut the round part of the bread. This works the same although it isn’t as easy to pop the hole out of.

Can you add cheese to toad in the hole?

Yes, you can. We like to toast the bread, add the egg and start cooking it, then add a slice of cheese on top with the round part of the toast on top. Toast until melted to add even more flavor and cheesy-ness to this dish.

Easy Toad in the Hole Recipe

Healthy breakfast options

I love a good healthy breakfast that will keep me full and energized until lunch time. Serve this Toad in the Hole with healthy sides – fresh fruit, a bowl of hot oatmeal, a parfait, a green smoothie, or a couple slices of turkey bacon.

Try these other healthy breakfast options:

Toad in the Hole Recipe

5 from 6 votes

Toasted bread with an egg cooked into the middle - This Toad in the hole recipe is a breakfast classic that is simple and perfect for any morning.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 112 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 1 slice bread
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 lg egg
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a small skillet, melt 1 tsp butter. In the middle of your bread, cut a 3-in hole and place in the skillet.

  2. Crack egg and pour in the hole. Cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes or until the bread is lightly browned. Turn and cook the other side until egg yolk is almost set. Season as desired with salt and pepper. Enjoy warm.



Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    This was my favorite breakfast as a kid! We used a cup to cut the hole and we called it “camel’s eye” – still a family favorite.

  2. 5 stars
    this is such a cute recipe to make with my granddaughter she just loves it! you should consider going to and add their recipe box to your site so home cooks can access your recipes with ease!

  3. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. It has been a special treat since childhood. Thanks for sharing. By the way you might want to look at your post, at the very end it mentions that cooking time can be adjusted according to how you like your “kids” cooked. That auto correct feature can be a pain at times. Lol

  4. 5 stars
    Last week I made perfect Toads In The Hole., using 2 slices of bread, Ham and cheese.
    Today, I did everything the same
    WAy. But today, the butter started to smoke, and the eggs just didn’t want to get to the “over Medium” state. DISAPPOINted to say the least.
    Wonder what had everything all katterwompus? WX?

    1. My DEAREST Anon-
      “Putting batter”? Putting batter where? In the (w)hole? On the toad? Im confused! Why did the batter cross the road? Who cares! You must be talking about “pudding batter”, something they put in several English treats… I’m so glad I’m not English… on the other hand, what in tarnation is a “road in a hole”? I saw one once while driving thru Texas, it was dark! Much like the comment you used by calling these amazing ladies idiots! Why all the anger? There’s a cure for that – it’s called “Toad in the Hole” I’ve tasted this very RECIPE, and just thinking about it makes me hungry!!! No, really… I’m hungry! Let’s do lunch… meet me at HANK’S, it’s just a little whole in the wall cafe. Wink wink, chow, Anon!