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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.73 / 5 (170 votes)

Prep time:
5 min
Cook time:
5 min

What better way to start the morning than with Eleanor Smallwood's soft boiled eggs and buttery toast soldiers?


1. Bring a small pan of water to the boil. Carefully lower in the eggs and simmer for 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the eggs in the water for another 15 seconds before removing with a slotted spoon.

2. Meanwhile, toast the bread, butter generously and slice into fat fingers.

3. Cut the tops off the eggs and eat with the buttery toast soldiers and a little salt.


  • 2 medium free-range eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 slices bread
  • butter

Tips and suggestions

if you use eggs at room temperature rather than straight from the fridge, they are less likely to crack in the boiling water.

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I make perfect soft boiled eggs by placing 2 medium eggs in a pan of cold water, bring to the boil and time for 2 mins exactly, remove from pan straight away. Foolproof and delicious. oh and eggs should not be stored in the fridge.

FayS9074 FayS9074  Posted 21 Oct 2011 3:16 PM

My mom used to make these for me for breakfast every morning. It makes me reminisce for those simpler days again. Thanks for postings this.

KimberlyS74451 KimberlyS74451  Posted 31 Dec 2010 1:15 AM

i am struggling to get this particular dish correct. Please could you go into more detail on all aspects of this dish. Thank you

julieD34560 julieD34560  Posted 20 Feb 2009 7:35 PM