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Spiced Bread Egg in a Hole

Spiced Bread Egg in a Hole 1.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

May 12, 2020

The bread for this egg in a hole is crispy-crackly in ways a toaster cannot achieve; that’s because it’s fried in olive oil. You could stop there and be thrilled about breakfast (or dinner), but that olive oil can also carry flavor. Here, your bread soaks up warming turmeric, coriander and cayenne, which spice the dish through and through — no need for hot sauce or ketchup.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2-inch-thick slice bread, sourdough or rustic
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Pinch of ground cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Crack the egg into a small bowl or container with a spout. Using a glass or measuring cup, cut out a circle in the middle of the bread, being sure to leave at least a 1/2-inch of bread on all sides.

In a medium nonstick skillet, use a wooden spoon to stir together the oil, turmeric, coriander, cayenne and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the bread and its middle and heat the skillet over medium heat. When the bread starts to sizzle, gently pour the egg into the hole. Cook until the bottom of the bread is crispy, about 2 minutes.

Using a spatula, gently flip the bread and continue cooking until the egg white is cooked through but the yolk is still runny, another 2 minutes.

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Recipe developer Ali Slagle.

Tested by Ann Maloney.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (with sourdough bread): 431

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 33g 51%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 186mg 62%

Sodium: 474mg 20%

Total Carbohydrates: 22g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 10g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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