Flower toast aka ‘egg in the basket’

Transform fried egg and toast into a beautiful ‘flower toast’ to brighten your breakfast or lunch! Everyone loves this ‘egg in the basket’.

I’m beginning to worry that my daughter Kipper is becoming as food-obsessed her mother. We were looking at a picture of some planets. She observed their colours and remarked, “That’s the blueberry one, that’s the pea one, that’s the tomato one, and that one….”

She thought very carefully about the pink one. “That one’s strawberry ice-cream.”

Presentation is everything

Nothing to do with planets or their colours, but here is a recipe for her favourite fried egg and toast. Plus a lesson in the importance of presentation!

flower toast also known as egg in the basket.

Kipper quite likes egg and toast whatever shape they come in, but ‘flower toast’ (aka ‘egg in the basket’) is far and away her favourite. This is despite, presumably, all variations tasting like, well, toast and egg.

At the weekend she was apparently imploring DH to ask me to make flower toast. I’m not sure why she didn’t just ask me herself. In any case, we made some and it she enthusiastically devoured it!

Egg in the basket

I always wondered why this way of serving egg and toast is sometimes called ‘egg in the basket’. An internet search came up with answer, “nobody knows.” However I did learn that it’s also sometimes called ‘egg in a frame’, ‘egg in a hole, ‘gashouse eggs’, ‘hole in one’, ‘one-eyed Jack’, ‘Pirate’s eye’ or ‘Popeye’. Take your pick. Whatever you call it, it’s always yummy!

flower toast in the pan.

Hands off!

I hope your small person (or large person, or self, come to that) enjoys this flowery ‘egg in the basket’ toast as much as Kipper did. As you can see, she could barely keep her hands off it long enough for me to take a photo!

flower toast aka 'egg in the basket'.

Breakfast, brunch or lunch

Flower toast is quick and easy enough to make for a special breakfast, but is substantial enough to be a delicious brunch or lunch. The recipe below is for a single slice, but it’s very easy to scale up to make as many servings as you like.


Fried egg and toast is transformed into a beautiful 'flower toast' to brighten your breakfast or lunch! This 'egg in the basket' is loved by everyone.

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Flower toast (egg in the basket)

Course Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword egg, toast
Servings 1
Calories 274kcal
Author Helen


  • 1 slice wholemeal bread
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp olive/vegetable oil


  • Lightly toast the bread. Butter one side, then use a flower-shaped cutter to cut out a hole in the middle. Remove the flower-shaped piece and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add a little oil. Break an egg into a glass.
  • Put the flower-shaped toast 'frame' into the pan, butter side up. Press down so that it makes good contact with the pan all the way around. Tip the egg into the hole. You may need to nudge the yolk into the middle with your fingers.
  • Cook for a few minutes until the egg-white is set. You can cover the pan to cook the top more quickly if you like. Or flip it over if you like your yolk cooked too. (Just don't turn the heat too high or you will burn the underside of the toast.)
  • Remove from the pan and serve with the reserved toast flower.


Approx. per serving: 274 calories, 21g fat, 9g protein, 12g carbs

Other delicious toasty lunches you might enjoy include overstuffed bagel toast, avocado toast with smoked mackerel and lime, and quick and easy pear and stilton toast.

flower toast in a pan.

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