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egg in a basket gourmet style

gourmet egg in a basket
One of E’s favorite movies is V for Vendetta. He gets all riled up during the opening credits and stays glued to the screen through the last second. Well, in that film, the creepy yet valiant main character cooks egg in a basket toast for his leading lady (Natalie Portman kills it in her role, per the usual). And naturally, if there’s any connection between food and his favorite movie, E is all about it. This glorified recipe is the best I’ve ever found. The bread is crusted with a buttery sweetness while the egg + cheese are savory elements. Also, as a side note, I added the cheese for good measure (it just seemed to fit). So that part is optional at the end, and highly recommended in my book. See full recipe below.
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2 slices thick-cut Brioche (I went the ‘healthy’ route of multigrain)
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 eggs
2 tbsp brown sugar
Fleur de sel for sprinkling (I used Himalayan pink salt with fresh thyme)


1. Preheat your oven to 475°F/245°C.
2. Make a 1-in/2.5-cm hole in the center of each slice of bread.
3. In a large ovenproof sauté pan, melt the butter and add the bread; cook until brown. Flip the bread and carefully crack an egg into each hole. Quickly sprinkle each slice of bread, not the egg, with 1 tbsp brown sugar.
4. Immediately transfer to the oven to bake. Don’t try to brown the second side on the stove, that will happen all by itself in the oven. Bake until the egg white sets, but the yolk is quite runny, 6 to 8 minutes. But check your egg at 5 minutes, as a firm yolk ruins the pleasure of this simple dish.
5. Sprinkle lightly with fleur de sel.

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