heart-shaped egg-in-a-hole


Traditional (read: non-cutesified) egg-in-a-hole is one of those quintessential, back-pocket breakfast recipes that everyone should know by heart. It’s easy and impressive and kills two birds with one stone. And that phrase is uncomfortably apt in this context, but you know what I mean.

So even if you can’t bring yourself to haul out the heart cookie cutters for this lovey-dovey version, you might as well learn / memorize / get a tattoo of the general recipe. I promise it’ll come in handy.

In the meantime, happy almost Valentine’s Day!!!!! If you’ve got a Valentine, HOORAY. Make them toast. If, on the other hand, you are alone as alone can be, never fear: I dreamed up a fun solo night plan for ya over on Martha Stewart! (Quick disclaimer that “fun” is loosely defined here and includes making pairs of felted mittens from old sweaters.)

Personally, I’m most excited to raid the candy aisles on the 15th and come up with some fun chocolate recipes with my finds. Stay tuned.


Adapted from a 2009 Martha recipe.


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh basil, to garnish


  1. Use a small heart cookie cutter to remove the middle of your bread. Don’t throw away the heart-shaped piece!
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add the slice of bread as well as the inner heart-shaped piece. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and basil. Let toast for a few minutes on one side.
  3. Flip the bread and sprinkle with a bit more salt and pepper. Directly afterwards, over a small bowl, crack the egg but don’t let it fall into the vessel. Keep the yolk in the shell and release about 1/3 of the whites into the bowl (you’ll end up with too much egg white if you don’t do this). Now, bring the cracked egg over to your skillet and pour it into the hole in the bread.
  4. Cover the skillet for 3-4 minutes until the egg is cooked to your liking. Use a spatula to pick up the bread, plate it, and serve it alongside something delicious (like fresh berries!).

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