Toad in the hole is a classic British dish, made up of sausages embedded in a Yorkshire pudding batter and baked. The name comes from the ends of the sausages peeking out of the baked batter. In the U.S., the name has been used to describe eggs cooked inside bread or toast as well as sausages. That version is sometimes called “egg with a hat” to describe the little circle of bread you cut out for the egg. In fact, the beavers at Myrecipes.com found that there are 66 different names for this dish.
So, with that in mind, we decided to make one more. Suppose you are making pancakes, as we often do on Sundays. Why not add an egg into those pancakes and make a Pancake Toad in the Hole?
So to try this, we made buttermilk pancakes using this heirloom family recipe (which is much like everyone else’s.)
Then we cooked one side of a pancake with a little melted butter on the griddle for flavor, and then turned out over.
About 1 minute later, we used a biscuit cutter to cut a hole on the pancake. The pancake will still be doughy in the middle, but you can cook that little “hat” while you make the main event.
Break an egg into a cup and pour it into the hole you just cut.
Let the pancake/egg cook until the egg is cloudy, and then flip it. This may take two spatulas (spatulae?) to keep the uncooked egg from weeping out. Cook the egg for 30 seconds or more and flip the pancake back over. Serve the “Pancake toad” right away with the little hat alongside.
This sweet/savory combination could have syrup added, or your could just eat it the way it is, using the pancake to sop up the egg.
One variation we tried was to cook a small slice of ham in a little butter, and then put it in the hole of a pancake, and then add the egg. Again, cook until the egg is cloudy, flip it, cook 30 seconds, flip it back and serve.
In this case, syrup might be overkill. We suppose you might add hollandaise instead, but that might be ever more overkill.
You could also add a slice of sausage, but make sure it is a thin slice, or there may not be room for the egg.
A delicious breakfast addition to impress your family and friends!