Grandma’s Eggs: how to use up day-old bread

Miss Thrifty7 November 28, 2012

grandma's eggs

My friend Nadine is a terrifically accomplished cook. She also works from home. This, as it turns out, is a magical combination resulting in sumptuous breakfasts, even on weekdays.

Here is a very simple breakfast recipe, which Nadine has kindly given me permission to post with pictures. It’s a great way of using up day-old bread, or the ends of loaves.

“You get a nice bit of crusty bread… preferably round… and you take out the centre fluffy bit…(you can scoff that bit as an appetiser). Then you put the hollowed out piece in into a frying pan, crack an egg into the centre of it and cook it gently with a bit of olive oil.

“So you get an egg that is fried into the bread… I’ve always known it as Grandma’s Eggs. You can add tomatoes and herbs and stuff, but I think it’s nicer just with egg and bread.”

use up day old bread

P.S. Nadine blogs about her thrifty (and lovely) UK holidays here.


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7 Responses to “Grandma’s Eggs: how to use up day-old bread

Jane Hoskyns says:

Also try Delia Smiths Bread Pudding receipe.

November 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

Miss Thrifty says:

Yes ma’am! I do love a good bread pudding.

One of my very first posts on this blog was about making bread and butter pudding with stale croissants. I haven’t done this for blimmin’ ages (croissants don’t tend to last long around here!) but the post is here:

November 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

pen says:

We used to call this egg in a window. An excellent saturday lunch. X

November 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Anna B says:

What an ingenious idea! I love egg and often have slightly unfresh bread so this perfect!! I love the crockery too 🙂

November 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

heather hay says:

we live in France and our baguettes go hard very quickly so you have to be armed with a variety of recipes to use it up. I make a savoury bread and butter pudding….egg mixed with cheese onion and bacon bits. I also make it into breadcrumbs and freeze to make savoury toppings……mix crumbs with butter and micro for a few mins till absorbed then add cheese and use to top macaroni/cauliflower cheese.
Bonne chance

November 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Miss Thrifty says:

Pen – I don’t know where the name Grandma’s Eggs came from!

Anna B – Yes, I covet that plate too…

Heather – I noticed that we were on holiday in Brittany in the summer. Delicious bread one day; hard as a rock the next! It sounds like a yummy recipe though; I’ll try it sometime. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

November 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Nicola says:

Egg in bread in our house. I also fry the bit of brrad you cut out for dipping into the yolk when it is done.

August 25, 2016 at 6:50 am

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