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Egg with a Hole in it or Egg in a Nest?

Updated on April 29, 2015

Simple Breakfast

5 stars from 2 ratings of Soft Boiled Eggs with Toast

Breakfast Comfort Food

My mother lost her mother when she was a little girl, leaving behind 6 children. My mother was second to the oldest and in those days you didn't have to be 16 to quit school. So her and her older sister had to take turns staying home from school to care for their younger siblings while their father was at work. So she grew up taking care of others instead of someone taking care of her. That may have been one of the reasons she was so nurturing to me and my siblings. She had to teach herself to cook and when she got married to my father, my paternal grandmother (Nona), taught her some things also.

As a result anything my mother made for me when I was little I consider comfort food. She loved taking care of her children; she was very nurturing. We lost her in 1993 and even though she is in a Heavenly place, I still miss her.

I tried to remember some of the things she taught me and hope my 2 girls think of me as nurturing and caring as I thought of her. I tried to portray that in my profile.

She was firm believer in breakfast. We never left the house without a full breakfast which was on the table waiting for us before left for school, play or work. These egg dishes were among some of her breakfasts. There were other things too, we had something different every morning. But, always milk and orange juice.

Eggs With a Hole in it
Eggs With a Hole in it | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 8 min
Yields: 2 eggs serves 1 person

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of toast (white, rye or wheat), cut into strips
  • To you liking butter or margarine
  • To taste salt and pepper (optional)
  1. Bring the water to a boil and add the eggs. If using large size eggs, boil for 3 minutes.
  2. Toast 2 slices of bread of your choice and spread with butter. Cut in lengths.
  3. Run cold water over the eggs to cool enough to handle. Put them in the holders and crack the tops with a spoon and peel away the shell. Spoon out the top layer of the egg and stir with a large toothpick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if you like. Dip the bread in the egg and enjoy!

Photos of Egg in a Nest

1st stage of Egg in a Nest
1st stage of Egg in a Nest | Source
2nd state of Egg in a Nest in a non-stick pan.
2nd state of Egg in a Nest in a non-stick pan. | Source
Turned when browned on the underside.
Turned when browned on the underside. | Source
Ready to eat.
Ready to eat. | Source

Egg in a Nest

Egg in a Nest wasn't too common years ago. Now, I am seeing this breakfast in certain restaurants, like Cracker Barrel and Perkins. But you have to go there to eat it. It's so easy to make, I think the pictures alone are self explanatory.

Just make sure you butter both sides and a little bit of butter in the hole after placing the bread in the pan. Even though it's a non-stick pan, it seems to stick a little. Check underneath with a spatula and when it's golden in color flip it over. Do the same with the little rounds of bread you cut out. It's done in a few minutes just long enough to let the egg whites cook.

Hope you enjoy these as much as me and my family did and still do.

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    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      10 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jackie, You are my best customer, so to speak. lol I love hearing from you. If 3 minutes makes it to runny for you, you can certainly cook the eggs for another minute or two. Everyone like the eggs cooked differently. Thank you for checking back with my recipes. My New Year was very nice. How about you?

      Blessings to you an yours.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      10 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Just browsing back through your recipes! The pumpkin dump cake went over so big I lost count of how many I have made so far! Had to give up the recipe too!

      I tried the egg like this too and love it but I haven't mastered it. I like it soft but can't handle any raw! lol

      Hope your New Year is going great!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Carb Diva, I'm happy to oblige. lol Your mother sounds like my mother. I got a lot just from watching her. As it says in my profile I learned in her kitchen. Mothers are great like that. Thank you for your comments. I love them.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Lum 

      3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      This brings back memories of my mom. She certainly was not a "fussy" cook. By that I mean that she wasn't worried about how things looked--they just had to taste good. So it seems odd to me that she had little cups in which to place soft boiled eggs. Soft boiled eggs were not common in our house. They were a special treat. Thank you for this hub--reminds me of my mom and her love.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you Jackie. That was the first hub I ever did and didn't know much about them then. It didn't occur to me to add to it, but now that you mention it, I think I will. Thanks for your kind comments.

      Blessings to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This looks like such a fun way to eat egg and I love the yellows best! Kids would sure have fun with it. I think they have concluded now that eggs are good for you again; as long as it is in moderation. I have five hens so I just have one whenever I want!

      You should add more about your mom or family to this, I would find it so very interesting. Am sure everyone would.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      That's fine, everyone likes eggs different. Thanks for stopping by.

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      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      I am more of hard boiled egg man myself. But thanks for the tip!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      4 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi LivsMom, Egg in a Nest is another favorite that my mother made. I made it for my children and still make it for myself. I'm glad some one else enjoys that too. Thanks for your comment.

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      LivsMom 

      4 years ago from NEPA

      I haven't had them in years ! you should also do egg in a Nest !!!!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      4 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      You must have a lot of egg holders. lol For some reason soft boiled eggs tastes better when eaten like this.

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      joyce 

      4 years ago

      When my grandkids come in from Syracuse this is one of their requests!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      4 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      They're more fun to eat like that.

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      Chris 

      4 years ago

      My kids used to love these too. Mom made them perfectly Rae. Matt still likes them :)

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      4 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks, that funny too.

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      Laura L Scotty 

      4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Trust me! My father-in-law couldn't cook them either. We cleaned the kitchen ceiling more than once from eggs exploding on the stove.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      4 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks. I still have to talk to you, though. She got it from your Grammens who got it from Grandma Ginocchetti.

      Grandma only used shot glasses.

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      Marissa 

      4 years ago from United States

      We call it egg in a hole. :) My mom had these cute eggshell holders for them. Good hub for one of your first!

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      Laura L Scotty 

      4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      That is an interesting title for a soft boiled egg recipe. My mother-in-law made these often for my father-in-law. What is most interesting is that after she passed, he didn't know how to get them out of the shell and onto the pieces of toast. We didn't have soft boiled egg holders.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      4 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Oh, that's so cute. My father didn't even know how to cook the eggs in the first place. He was a good baker, but didn't know how to cook. My mother used to just put the eggs in a shot glass. Thanks for your comment. I'm new at this and not sure how this works yet.

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