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What was it that Julia Child said about chicken – you could eat it every day for a year without ever eating the same dish?  Well that’s exactly how I feel about eggs.  I love how many different variations there are on even just the classic combo of eggs and toast:  soft-boiled eggs with toast soldiers; eggs Benedict; the classic American diner meal of eggs any way you like, toast, hash browns, and breakfeast meat; and any number of egg sandwiches, to name a few. 

I made eggs in the basket, but with a slightly different twist:  baked, not fried.  A popular version of this dish consists of an egg cooked inside a hole that’s cut out of the middle of a piece of bread; but even this, which is so similar to my version, yields a completely different result:  a fried egg, while mine is baked.  (How is that for versatility?!)

This recipe is a real winner with kids in particular since the eggs come in cute little packages.  But they’re just as easy to dress up for a lovely brunch item, by serving them in ramekins with fresh herbs and hollandaise for topping.

Baked Eggs in the Basket

(Yield:  1 serving)

2 pieces of bread
2 eggs
Salt and pepper
Minced fresh chives, or any other green herb you like (optional, for garnish)

A muffin tray or 2 individual ramekins

Preheat oven to 375F; generously butter two muffin wells or two individual ramekins.  Trim the bread to fit inside the muffin wells or ramekins.  Place a piece of bread into each well, then gently crack an egg into each piece of bread.  Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top of each egg and bake until the egg reaches your desired consistency (about 14-18 minutes gives set whites with runny yolks; increase time from there if you like a more well done yolk).  To serve, if you used a muffin tray, let the egg baskets rest about 5 minutes in the tray, then run a sharp paring knife around the outside and use a fork to gently remove (if you used ramekins, you can serve them in the ramekins.)  If desired, sprinkle minced fresh chives on top before serving.  You can also serve with hollandaise if you like.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Mine aren’t as pretty as yours but they were delicious! My 3 year old asks me for “egg baskets” all of the time now!

  2. stephanie says:

    Great idea. So easy and versatile! Thanks :)

  3. Do you think these could be made the night before and kept in the fridge?? These look delicious but I need a breakfast on the go.

    1. AlliLo, I haven’t made these ahead of time and stored them in the fridge, so I don’t know for sure; my only concern is that the runny yolk wouldn’t be as good after being refrigerated. If you decide you want to give it a try, it might be better to cook them a little longer so the yolk isn’t runny. Let me know if you give it a try!

  4. Penster47 says:

    I think I’ll try these and use crescent rolls for the basket! and maybe a little chopped ham or crumbled bacon. Yum!!!

  5. I remember my grandma would make something like this with bits of bacon and cheese on the bottom. They were great and easy if you had a large family cause they can be cooked all at one time.

  6. I’ve copied and pasted this one – they sound wonderful and I love the presentation.

  7. Well said Faith…., I love eggs & find they’re pretty much my go to meal when I want to whip up something different.

  8. you’d think that by now i’d stop being surprised when i come across a new way to prepare and serve eggs, but i’m not. put a runny egg yolk on anything and the deliciousness factor gets raised exponentially. :)

  9. I love this idea! The picture of the runny egg has me hungry :)

  10. Looks delicious and simple! I love the idea of serving it with hollandaise, like an easy to make eggs benedict! Could definitely shred some canadian bacon and add it before the egg.

    I will have to make these soon!

  11. These look great! My kids would definitely love them, and I agree they would make a delicious and impressive dish for a brunch:)

  12. Now this is a great idea! Versatile in deed, and the would make a great light meal for anytime of day. Nice :)

  13. Yum! I could definitely deal with this—they look so nice, and not difficult to make. Thanks for the idea! I’m going to try and impress people with these :)

  14. what a wonderful and yummy way to cook and eat eggs, I love that
    bises from France

  15. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Oh, great idea to bake the eggs in the basket in the muffin tin! Super delicious for sure!

  16. Faith, your as crazy about eggs as my Hubby is…and coincidentally, I had just made these very same cups last week for a brunch. I just added a little ham and roasted veggies to the mix…yummy!
    For those who’ve never made them this way…it’s nice of you to show them how it’s done ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  17. I had a recent post baked eggs and topping with Pain Au Levain and it turned out great, but not enough of the bread! Putting it on the bottom is divine! I’m going to try a variation where I just cut cubes of the Pain Au Levain and then crack the egg over top. I’ll be sure to link back my adaptation to yours!!! thanks!

  18. I love eggs… and these look really appetizing in their little bread basket!

  19. I make something similar for my family but I fry it and top them with cinnamon and maple syrup. I like your way!

  20. Aw, I love it! I recently just tried making a toad in the hole and it was fun but I’m so lazy, now I just plop a fried egg on top of a piece of toast so I don’t have to cut a hole out of the middle first. Strangely, I could totally see myself making eggs this way instead! so cute.

  21. A perfect runny yolk is a thing of beauty. I wish I could dive into this right this second.

  22. This is a perfect follow up to Toad in the Hole with my grade 7 class in their breakfast unit. It is gorgeous and there are so many possibilities for jazzing it up and making enough for a crowd. Love it!

  23. Love love love love love this! I’ve made the other variation you’re referring to, and I’ve made other baked egg dishes, but I love the simplicity of this! The presentation is great and you definitely could serve this to guests :) Yum!

  24. as i remember you are amazing in the kitchen! these look so good!

  25. These are definitely on the menu sometime this weekend. They look fabulous! Great idea!

  26. You made eggs super special Faith! These are adorable!

  27. What a great idea! We share a love of eggs and everything bagels and crackers (which were awesome, too BTW)! I could eat eggs every day, too and feel bad that the poor egg has gotten a bad rap the last few decades, all for naught!

  28. That is the cutest idea!
    They remind me of a thing we call “toad in the hole.”
    Bread with a circle cut out, put in the pan and the
    egg dropped in the middle to cook.
    So yummy.

  29. I didn’t know what that title meant but now it makes so much sense! What a great idea! Wish I liked soft eggs though. :(

  30. OMG! Yes, that’s exactly what I said when I saw your delicious looking picture! You’re right, these would be a huge hit for the kids. I think you’ve just helped me make my kidsveat eggs. I love this idea, Faith! Not only will it be a winner for my kiddies, but you’ve already won me over with this easy, yet fabulous way to serve an egg. Thank you for sharing this!

  31. This is so smart. I will try to make them this way for my picky son. Perhaps he will like them.

  32. Wonderful breakfast idea.I am an eggholic at breakfast time.these baskets look so beautiful and filling.Thanks for sharing

  33. How cute are those!? I don’t think you would even need ramekins for guests, they’re perfect just the way you made them!

  34. I had such a hard time leaving a comment today! These are adorable! They remind me of egg and a hole that I made for a kid I nannied!

  35. How cute and simple! So unique! I love Julia’s saying about chicken…so true!!

  36. Heavenly Housewife says:

    I am always looking for cool egg dishes. These look great and are high in cute factor :D
    *kisses* HH

  37. Faith,

    That is just fantastic. Prefect execution and presentation. I’d be happy eating this anytime.


  38. “Oh God above, if heaven has a taste it must be an egg with butter and salt, and after the eff is there anything in the world lovelier than fresh warm bread and a mug of sweet golden tea?”

    Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes

  39. Looks delicious,Love it, Bread and egg nice combo

  40. These are so adorable! They look elegant and cute at the same time. Great twist on this recipe!

  41. This is a real treat that your photos only serve to highlight. This is a fabulous way to serve eggs. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  42. Wow Faith you’re amazing! This is a SUPER idea! And so easy too! I love soft boiled egg so I know I could eat 10 of these at once! Your third photo is glorious – look at that yolk oozing out! I can’t wait to try these :D

  43. I agree! Eggs are amazing! Such a great source of protein and delicious. The baked version looks so good (actually better than the fried version)

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