Friday, July 6, 2012

I cooked: Bacon, egg and toast cups

Who likes having eggs, bacons and toast for breakfast?



This weekend, instead of the conventional way of serving it, you can try this very cute bacon, egg and toast cups. I absolutely adore the presentation, it will surely wow your fellow breakfast diners. It is very easy to put together, but one thing you need to watch for this is the cooking time. As you know, all ovens are different -  if you are using a convection oven, you may want to turn off your fan setting for this, if not you will need to reduce the cooking temperature as well as cooking time. Experiment a few times and you will find your preferred doneness for the egg. I like mine with runny yolks, hence 16 minutes cooking time was just right for me (convection oven with fan turned off).



I really like this -the combination of eggs, bacon, cheese and crisp toast (plus the cuteness factor) makes this the perfect way to the start the morning.




Bacon, egg and toast cups
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes (depending on how you like the doneness of your egg yolk)
Serves 6

Ingredients
3 tbsp butter, melted
7 1/2 slices white bread
6 slices bacon
3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
6 eggs
Salt and freshly ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F) - if you are using a convection oven, please turn off the fan setting or your eggs will be overcooked. Otherwise, you may need to reduce the temp by about 15C.

2. In a large frying pan, cook the bacon until almost crisp (85% cooked) over medium heat, flipping once. It will continue to cook in the oven. Remove from heat and leave aside.



3. Lightly butter  a 6-standard muffin cup. Alternatively, you can use a 12 cup pan, leaving empty space in between.

4. With a rolling pin, flatten bread slices slightly. Cut off the crust off all the bread, then cut 6 pieces into halves. Cut the other bread into quarters (ie you need 6 quarters for the base).

5. Place 2 halves of bread into each muffin cup, overlapping slightly around the exterior to form a circle - make sure the bread comes up to edge of cup. Use the quarter piece for the base and to patch any gaps. Repeat for other 5 cups, then brush all bread cups with remaining butter.



6. Place a piece of bacon in each bread cup and then sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 tsp per cup or more if you like). Crack an egg in a bowl and pour into the bread cup slowly, avoiding overspill of egg white.  Season with salt and pepper.

7. Bake until egg whites just set, suggested cooking time in Martha Stewart's recipe is around 20-25 minutes however I find that this resulted in a cooked (solid) egg yolk. I prefer my egg yolk runny so I took mine out around 16 minutes, you may need to try this a couple of times til you get the exact timing  for your preferred doneness.

8. Run a small knife around cups to loosen toasts. Serve immediately with some fresh cherry tomatoes, which go nicely with the bacon, egg and toast cups.





9. Alternatively, you can also make a "baked egg version" by beating your eggs with some salt, pepper and 1 tbsp milk and then pouring over the bacon and Parmesan. For this, bake for 18-20 minutes. Instead of bacon, you can also substitute with ham if you like.


*Full set of photos can be viewed on my Facebook page here

*This recipe was featured on Asian Food Channel's Facebook page on 10 July 2012.

36 comments:

  1. Such a heart breakfast. Initially I though its a danish ^^

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    1. Hehe it's easier to make than a danish for sure.

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  2. ..i should really try this tmr morning!

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    1. Cool! Do try and let me know if you like it :)

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  3. They look so pretty and yummy, Sean will love these! :D

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  4. Hmmm...runny egg-version or baked egg-version? Can't decide lar...gimme 2 of each of these lovely marvels...hehe =)

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    1. I also like both versions, but definitely the bacon is better than ham! Hehe.

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  5. Oooooo...I love bacon...and egg too!!! Must try to cook this sometime. Drool! Drool!

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    1. Oh you must!! It's so easy. Cook for your daughter-she will be impressed.

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  6. OMG... I think its time that you start a restaurant biz. I would love to dine at your place.

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    1. Haha thanks for the kind comment. I will let you know if I ever consider opening a cafe/restaurant. Now I can just dream first lah!

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  7. I will consider making this recipe for lunch. Hehe.

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    1. It's relatively healthy so I think you will like it. You can substitute bacon with spinach if you want.

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  8. i am going to try that too... it looks so delicious.

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    1. Cool! Am happy many of you want to try this :) Let me know what temp gives you best result eggs!

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  9. awww.. this looks cute and so easy to make!! Maybe on my next augustdiners breakfast club cookout!! :)

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    1. Hopefully it puts a smile on some faces with the cuteness factor.

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  10. yes, it's true, sean will love this! it sounds like public demand for a baby sumo cafe is growing :D

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    1. Man, I need to find someone who is willing to invest in my business first ;P

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  11. Everything cook with bacon and cheese, sure very yummy!

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    1. True true. But somehow I find the bacon in KL not as yummy as UK. But will do lah.

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  12. This is a great idea if you were going on a picnic or needed to feed lots of people for breakfast! :D I love runny yolks too :)

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    1. It's nicer eaten hot though, I think bread might go a little soggy if brought to a picnic.

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  13. The bread shaping part sound quite difficult >.< Or only me feel so?

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    1. Dear, I already included a step-by-step photo instruction on how to line the muffin tray with the bread. Each muffin tray you need 2 halves, and 1 quarter. If you still unclear about anything, let me know.

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  14. Such a simple dish with lovely presentation.

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  15. Me me me!Very special way to serve in the bread basket,idea is taken

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    1. I think your children will like it.. :)

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  16. My hubby would love this!!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea~

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    1. You're very welcome. Hope he likes it!

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  17. This recipe seem come kinda handy ^^,

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  18. The cute factor is sky-high! I can imagine this will be a hit with everyone you serve it to. Plus, seems so easy to modify too, you can probably put a lot more other stuff into that little "bread cup". :)

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  19. Made these for today breakfast! Looks great n yummy.. V.hearty,it's like all in one juz one bite..
    Thanks for suck lovely dish.

    Veronica

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  20. Can i know when you mean bake, is it bake in the oven? If it is not, can you tell me more about what you mean by bake? I am just a new starter in cooking so don't really know much.

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