Bread With Egg And Bacon In The Middle With Loads Of Variations

Today I will show you how to make bread with egg and bacon in the middle. My recipe is inspired by an age-old version, but we’ve made some modern adjustments. And, I’ve included an extensive list of variations you can try as well!

For more breakfast food ideas, go have a look at my Breakfast category on my site. There you will find amazing recipes like these TikTok Egg SandwichesBlueberry and Kiwi Breakfast Bowls, and Tortilla Breakfast Cups.

Bread with Egg and Bacon

Bread With Egg And Bacon In The Middle – What Goes Into This Tasty Baked Goodie?

This dish was inspired by a better-known breakfast food called egg-in-a-hole. Today, I am making something very similar, but a lot more flavorful!

This is bread with egg and bacon in the middle. The process of making this delicious and filling dish is similar. The biggest difference is that I make mine with pre-cooked bacon and sourdough bread.

I also love to bake my egg on bread in the oven. It gives the bread a much crispier texture and helps evenly cook the egg. It is a mess-free and hassle-free recipe that can be made in less than an hour!

Bread with Egg and Bacon

Variations For This Bread With Egg And Bacon In The Middle

As you can imagine, there are many, MANY, different variations for this recipe. First, let’s talk about some variations for my egg baked in bread recipe.

To start, I often love adding some dried herbs. Mixed Italian herbs are probably the easiest and best option. But simple dried oregano will also work well. 

Other herbs that pair best with baked eggs include parsley, chives, tarragon, rosemary, and of course, thyme. I highly recommend using dried herbs for this recipe specifically. 

Fresh herbs will burn in the oven at this baking temperature. You can use some fresh herbs as a garnish instead.

As with herbs, spices are not off of the table. You can try adding some ground spices like cayenne pepper, white pepper, cumin, coriander, or nutmeg.

All of these are easy additions that go great with eggs. But just test how much you need to add. It may take some experimenting.

Bread with Egg and Bacon

Other Non-Spice Additions

Then, I also sometimes love to add a little bit of finely diced tomatoes to my bread with egg in the middle. It gives the toast a slightly sweet and tangy flavor. You can also add bell pepper (any color that you’d like).

And finally, something a lot of my South African friends love to do, is add half a teaspoon of peach chutney to each beaten egg. This chutney obviously adds some sweetness. But surprisingly, simultaneously it creates a deliciously fruity, savory flavor profile that pairs well with the bacon.

You don’t have to use any of these variations. They are mere suggestions that will help create some variety. I used to make these every day for weeks on end! The only way I didn’t get bored is using variations. Feel free to experiment and let me know how you like to serve your bread with egg in the middle.

Tips And Tricks For Making Bread With Egg In The Middle

  • To make toasted bread with egg and bacon in the middle, you can use any type of bread that you’d like. It should have a ton of holes and should preferably be soft and tender. Don’t choose bread that is too dense, like rye or pumpernickel bread.
  • The best loaves to choose from include sourdough, white bread, or a farm loaf.
  • You can use different shapes of cookie cutters to make the hole in the bread. As long as they are all more or less the same size, they will work just fine.
  • You can use any leftover bread pieces to make bread and butter pudding. Alternatively, you can toast them and serve them with these baked eggs in bread.
  • If your bacon slices are far too big for the hole you’ve created, you can chop them into smaller pieces. Alternatively, make a coil and place it inside the hole.


What can you do with leftover bread?

There are hundreds of different things you can make with leftover pieces of bread. What immediately comes to mind is my Dominican Bread Pudding recipe.

You can also make croutons or Panko crumbs. Here are some more delicious ideas.

How do you know when baked eggs are done?

Baked eggs take roughly 15-20 minutes at 360ºF (180ºC). A way to test their doneness is by inserting a sharp thin knife, It should come out completely clean when the egg is baked.

You can also test the internal temperature. It should be 160ºF (71ºC).

More Delicious Breakfast Ideas

Bread with Egg and Bacon in the Middle served on a plate.

Bread With Egg And Bacon In The Middle With Loads Of Variations

This is the perfect 6-ingredient breakfast that is fun to make and has a multitude of variations. It is super easy, relatively quick, and loaded with all the nutrients you need to get your day started!
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 6
Calories 310 kcal


  • 1 loaf of bread (I love using sourdough)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • 6-8 large eggs
  • 6-8 bacon slices
  • Sea salt flakes, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated


Prepare the slices of bread

  • Firstly, preheat your oven to 360ºF (180ºC). Line a baking sheet with a silicone sheet or non-stick baking paper. Set these aside.
  • Next, cut your bread into 6 slices of about 3/4 to 1-inch in thickness. You can use any type of bread that you'd like.
  • Cut a 1 1/2-inch (4cm) hole in the center of each slice of bread. If you are working with very large slices, you can make multiple holes.
  • Next, spread some margarine or butter over one side of the slice.
  • Place the slices buttered-side down onto the lined baking tray.
  • Bake these slices for about 5 minutes in your preheated oven.

Prepare the other elements

  • While the slices of bread are doing their initial toasting, prepare the bacon and eggs.
  • Fry the bacon pieces until they are done to your liking. Drain the excess oil on a piece of paper towel.

Assemble and bake the filled bread

  • Once the bread slices have started toasted, flip them over.
  • Add one slice of bacon into each hole. Crack an egg into the whole as well. If you have smaller or multiple holes, you can beat the egg and divide it between them. You may need to use more eggs.
  • Sprinkle some sea salt and pepper over each egg-and-bacon-filled hole. Add some grated Parmesan as well.
  • Place the slices of bread back inside the oven and allow them to toast for 15-20 minutes or until the eggs are completely cooked.
  • The remaining pieces of bread can be toasted for 5 minutes.


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Serving: 1 portionCalories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 15gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 277mgSodium: 470mgPotassium: 186mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 486IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    very clever— never thought to do that in the oven but excited to try!!