When the kids are on vacation, we try to slow down around here. They no longer have to scarf down a box of cereal, hurry up, get ready, find their shoes, and get out of the house. We can relax. We can spend a little time making breakfast. We can make it special. Modern Mrs. Darcy takes it one step further and adds fun plates and straws and things when they have a special breakfast. I just make things that take a little longer, and I try to involve the kids. I keep this up for approximately two days, and then revert back to slapping the box of cereal on the table and trying not to hurt anyone before the coffee kicks in. Baby steps, my friends. Baby. Steps.
This breakfast, though — the creatively-named “Eggy in the Middle” — is one of our favorite egg breakfast recipes. Kids of almost any age can help make it, and it’s a great camping recipe. Everything in one pan, easy to serve at the end — simple and good.
Begin with a slice of bread. Using a Mason jar, or cup (our favorite was actually a sippy cup but no one here uses those anymore. Sigh), cut a hole in the middle of the bread. Butter your little circle of bread, add some jam, and hand it to one of your kids. I can’t explain it, but kids who turn their noses up at bread in sandwiches and things are enchanted by these little bread-circles.
Add a little butter or olive oil to a frying pan and add the bread slice. Let it toast a little on one side, then crack an egg into the middle.
When the egg has set, flip and cook the other side.
Cook just long enough for the egg to set, but not so long the yolk stops being runny (actually, I’m the worst at this. Everyone I make eggs for says I overcook them because I’m terrified of serving someone undercooked eggs and making them sick. So I serve them overcooked eggs and they don’t eat them and then next time someone else makes breakfast and we’re all happy.) And then — serve ’em up with some salsa or fruit for a lovely special breakfasty meal.
If you’re looking for more breakfast ideas, try this Baked Oatmeal, which is another of our favorites. Also, check out my Pinterest board for more egg breakfast recipes and other yummy ideas: