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Egg in a Window: Simple, Healthy, No-Fuss Egg in a Hole Breakfast Recipe with video

A classic breakfast dish with a twist you and your family will love!

Egg in a Hole breakfast recipe
The classic Egg in a Hole dish. (Photo by Anthony Shkraba from Pexels)

Breakfast is always said to be the most important meal of the day. Regardless what time you eat breakfast, what you eat to start your day can set the tone for how you feel and perform the rest of the day.

This month, we are featuring easy egg recipes that you can quickly make at home.

This simple Egg in a Hole recipe will surely delight and tickle your and your loved ones’ taste buds! It’s great for breakfast served with a smoothie, tea or coffee; or you can also have it as a healthier, more satisfying snack.

It’s easy to cook and takes less than 15 minutes to finish. You can add your own spin to it by adding herbs, spices, seasonings, or the jam of your choice.

Why do I call it Egg in a Window instead of the usual Egg in a Hole?

Growing up, I was a voracious reader. My favorite was the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene (the pseudonym used by the actual authors). One of my favorite Nancy Drew Books was the cookbook, “The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking.”

As a very curious and adventurous 9-year-old, I found this book so intriguing because it made me feel I was part of the story. Each chapter had a short story followed by recipes. The recipes were named either after Nancy Drew characters or Nancy Drew book titles.

My most favorite recipes in it were the 99 Steps French Toast (which thankfully took only 3 steps to make!) and Hollow Oak Nest Eggs, because they were so easy to make for a child like I was at that time.

In the Foreword, Nancy Drew says that the key to becoming a really good cook is no mystery:

You must do what fine cooks have always done—add your own special touch.”

Taking my cue from that advice, my special touch for this recipe is to make a ‘window’ in each slice of bread instead of digging out a ‘nest’ in the center as stated in the Hollow Oak Nest Eggs recipe. I found that cutting out a window is easier and faster that carving out a ‘nest’ in the center. Successfully digging out a nest without wrecking the bread required having thick bread slices. On the other hand, cutting out a window is way easier regardless of the thickness of the bread.

Another special touch of mine is to use butter instead of cooking oil for toasting the bread in the pan. I also added dried rosemary to flavor the dish.

The butter adds a really nice, comforting buttery flavor to the dish. Butter is actually quite healthy when used in moderation and if you use GRASS-FED butter—that is, butter from grass-fed cows. Grass-fed butter contains much higher amounts of nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, B12, and K2, healthy fats like Omega-3s and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and antioxidants like carotenoids and tocopherol.

Rosemary is another health-giving touch. Herbs have so many health benefits. Rosemary helps support your immune system because of its powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. It’s also great for digestive health, helping you to digest food better. Rosemary has also been shown to improve memory and concentration.

To make this dish healthier, use healthy ingredients such as:

  • organic and/or gluten-free bread (sourdough, whole grain, or white)

  • free range eggs

  • grass-fed butter

  • organic rosemary

  • Himalayan pink salt and

  • organic black pepper.


Egg in a Window Recipe: Simple, Easy, No Fuss Breakfast or Snack!

Prep Time: 3 mins

Cooking Time: 8 mins

Serves: 2


  • 2 bread slices

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 Tablespoons butter

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Rosemary, dried


  1. Melt butter in a pan over medium heat.

  2. While the butter melts, cut out a ‘window’ or rectangle from the center of each slice of bread.

  3. Depending on the size of your pan, you can toast either one or both bread slices in the pan.

  4. As the bread toasts, break an egg into each ‘window.’ Some of the egg might spill over outside the toast. Don’t worry. Just slide the egg spillover with the spatula back toward the toast.

  5. Season with salt, pepper and rosemary.

  6. When the egg is half cooked, turn over the toast and continue cooking until the egg is done according to your liking.

  7. Take the Egg in a Window out of the pan and plate nicely with greens for a healthier dish or with some jam to satisfy a sweet tooth.

  8. Serve immediately with your healthy breakfast or snack beverage of choice.

There you have it! As my former kindergarten students like to say, "Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!"

Let us know if you make this super simple egg dish and share with us how it went in the comments below! Happy cooking!

And remember: Stay happy...and be fabulously good!


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