Eggy bread is the perfect lunchtime treat. Our version is a cross between a cheese and ham sandwich and French toast and it's guaranteed to cheer you up whatever your mood, or whatever the weather is doing! You could of course just cook you slices of bread without the filling, to create a regular egg bread recipe, but we think this combo is a real winner. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser amongst young and old, these delicious fried sandwiches are oozing with cheese and packed with ham for a really satisfying meal. If you fancy adding some extras then we think the more the merrier when it comes to sandwich fillers. Gherkins, tomatoes or thinly sliced onions would all be a delicious little extra squished between the eggy bread outers. And because this recipe for eggy bread takes just 12 minutes and uses ingredients you probably have in your fridge regularly it's a great one to keep in mind for days when you're short on time. If you're feeling a sweeter French toast instead of a savoury eggy bread, try our recipe for French toast with maple syrup and bacon. The syrup is deliciously sweet while the bacon adds a salty hint so it's not too sickly.
- 8 slices white bread
- A little butter for spreading
- 4 slices of ham
- 50g Cheddar, sliced
- 5 large eggs
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3tbsp oil for frying
Spread the slices of bread on one side with a little butter, then make four ham and cheese sandwiches in the normal way. Beat the eggs with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Dip two sandwiches in the egg, letting it soak in a little.
Heat half the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, then add the sandwiches to the hot frying pan. Cook for 3 mins until the base is golden, then carefully turn over with a spatula. Cook for a further 3 mins or until golden on the base.
Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat to make the remaining sandwiches in the same way. Serve cut in half with a few cherry tomatoes if liked.
Top tip for making Eggy bread with ham and cheese
You can replace the white bread with granary or wholemeal if you prefer.