Woman’s Weekly Scotch woodcock recipe

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10 min


10 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 500 kCal 25%
Fat 38g 54%

This traditional British dish with anchovies is perfect for breakfast or light lunch. And with less cream, it’s healthier than the traditional one!


  • 50g can anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained
  • 45g (1½ oz) butter, softened
  • 2 thick slices white bread
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche or double cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A few capers, optional
  • Fried or grilled tomatoes


  • Set aside 4 anchovy fillets. Mash the rest of them with about 30g (1oz) of the butter. Toast the bread and spread it with the anchovy butter.

  • Meanwhile, beat the eggs with the crème fraîche, or cream, and season lightly.

  • Melt rest of butter in a small pan. Add egg mixture and cook over a low heat, letting it set, then stirring gently until thickened and scrambled.

  • Spoon mixture on to toast and arrange the reserved anchovies, halved lengthways, on top, adding the capers, if using. Serve with tomatoes.

Top tip for making Woman’s Weekly Scotch woodcock

Top tip: Rinse anchovies before using if you're not keen on their saltiness.

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