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Boiled Egg and Toast Soldiers

Introduction & method

Nothing could be simpler than boiled egg and toast soldiers, but I have in the past struggled to get a boiled egg the way I like it.

Boiled Egg and Toast Soldiers Recipe


Many factors affect the outcome of your egg-boiling exploits, including the temperature and age of your eggs, the amount and temperature of the water and, critically, cooking/standing time.

I boiled four eggs, one for 3 minutes, one each for 5, 7 and 9 minutes. This is how they turned out:
3 minutes - runny yolk, slightly wobbly white.
5 minutes - yolk partially set around the edges, centre still runny. White fully cooked.
7 minutes - yolk set throughout, but not hard. White well-cooked. Good hard-boiled egg for a picnic.
9 minutes - yolk a bit chalky, rubbery white.

Cook the Egg

Start with room-temperature eggs. Put them in a pan and cover to a depth of 1cm (half an inch) with cold water. Bring to the boil. As soon as the water is boiling, start your timer and turn down the heat so that the water is simmering gently.

Make the Toast

While the eggs are cooking, toast your bread. When toasted, spread generously with butter and cut the toast into strips 2.5cm (an inch) wide.


When the egg is ready, put it in an egg-cup and slice the top off. Sprinkle lighly with salt, dip a soldier in, and savour the delight of one of the easiest breakfasts ever invented.

If you are making more than 1 egg, it's a good idea to plunge the cooked eggs into a bowl of iced water - this will stop residual heat from cooking the eggs more than you want it.

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Ingredients & Info

 1 medium egg
 2 slices white sliced bread
 small knob of butter
 small pinch of salt
 plenty of water

US Customary/Imperial

Serves 1 

Cooking time: 5 minutes.
Total time: 5 minutes.