Are you familiar with an Egg in a Window? You may also know it as an Egg in Bread or an Egg in a Basket. The classic Egg in a Window is the most basic yet beloved of breakfast treats. I grew up on those things, and I’d be willing to bet most of you did too. My mother would whip one up for me in the morning, and I would devour the tasty little sucker with pleasure. In case you just moved here from Mars and you don’t know what an Egg in a Window is (or perhaps you’re reading this from Mars; in which case, greetings from Earth!), a classic Egg in Bread is a simple but delicious breakfast dish. It’s comprised of a slice of bread, with a little circle gone from the center into which an egg is cracked. The whole thing is fried in butter and typically seasoned with salt and pepper. Sometimes, it’s topped with melted cheese. What you wind up with is a fried egg fused into a slice of bread, creating some kind of buttery, golden brown breakfast hybrid. You can almost say the egg and the bread become one.
It’s definitely an occasion in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. How else could you describe something so tasty that results from such minimal time, effort, and ingredients? Treats like these don’t come around often; for something to be so good but so quick and easy is rare. Perhaps that is why the Egg in a Window is so widely loved by all.
I, of course, am a fan of these egg-stuffed slices of bread myself. One day, I found myself staring into the freezer with my usual conundrum: what on Earth should I eat? My eyes fell on a box of Eggo Waffles, and suddenly, my Smart Cookie gears began to turn. If an egg cooked inside of bread is delicious, then how impossibly good would it be to cook the egg inside of a waffle?