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Whether you call it eggs in a nest, egg in the hole, or something else, this Heart Egg Toast is a fun twist on a classic that’s perfect for your Valentine’s Day breakfast! The egg bakes into the heart-shaped hole in the bread for a festive, fun breakfast your kids will want again and again. You just need a cookie cutter to make this special breakfast any time!

A birds-eye view of a heart shaped egg in a nest with a side of mixed berries on a decorative plate.

Oven Baked Heart Shaped Egg Toast

My kids absolutely love this heart toast, and so do I! It’s seriously easy to make since it comes together in the oven, and you can quickly make enough for the whole family at once. Plus, it’s a great healthy breakfast option kids will actually want to eat!

The eggs offer healthy fats and protein, and the whole grain toast will give them some fiber to fill them up. It’s the perfect choice for a fun weekend breakfast or really any day of the week!

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Why We Love This Heart Egg Toast

  • Kid-friendly:  My kids love anything with a fun shape, including hearts! They’re immediately drawn to the heart-shaped hole and can’t help but want to dig into it. You can even use different cutters to make these during the holidays or any time of year. This is a great trick for making French toast, too!
  • Extremely easy to make: The oven method is the very best way to make these heart-shaped eggs. You just need a heart-shape cutter and a baking pan because the bread will act as a form for the egg. Sprinkle a little cheese for extra flavor and serve it with some fresh fruit or yogurt for a complete meal. 
  • Great for Valentine’s Day: I love to start my kids with a filling, nutritious breakfast, especially on the holidays, because you know they’ll end up with heaps of sugar and candy later! This is the easiest way to get them to eat some protein and fiber, which will help stabilize their blood sugar before they indulge in some sweets.

Ingredient Notes

Portioned out ingredients for the baked eggs in a nest.
  • Eggs: Use regular whole eggs for a good source of protein and healthy fats.
  • Toast: You can use any type of bread, including gluten-free bread, but I prefer to serve whole grain bread for lots of fiber.
  • Butter: Add just a bit of butter to the bread to give it a nice crispy texture. Brushing some oil on will work, too.
  • Cheese: This is optional, but my kids love a sprinkle of cheese over the eggs.

Heart Eggs in a Nest – Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet or square baking pan with parchment paper. Brush some oil or spread some butter on each slice of bread. Take a large heart cookie cutter and cut out in the center of the bread. Place the bread and cutout in the oven for 5 minutes to toast it. 
  2. Carefully crack an egg into each cutout shape. Either leave egg as is for a runny yolk (only suitable for kids over the age of 5*), or give it a quick whisk for a firmer yolk. Add a sprinkle of cheese or other toppings, if desired. Place the cutout back on top of the egg. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until egg is cooked through. Serve warm.
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RECIPE TIPS

  • You can either leave the yolk runny or whisk the yolk gently inside the cutout for a firmer yolk. Keep in mind that you should only offer runny eggs to children over the age of 5 years old since children under 5 have a higher risk of Salmonella illness. The egg should be cooked using pasteurized eggs only.
  • Cooking times will vary depending on the heat of your oven, how cooked you prefer your eggs and how crispy you like your toast.
  • Feel free to experiment with other shapes. A star, circle, or Christmas tree cutout would all work well too!
A heart shaped egg toast beside a bowl of mixed berries on a decorate polka dot plate.

Recipe FAQs

How do you make a heart out of toast?

The easiest method is to use a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Press down in the center of a bread slice, then add the egg, place the heart-shaped cut out over the top and bake. You can also do this with other types of cookie cutters for other holidays!  

Do kids like egg in a hole?  

Yes! This is a classic breakfast kids have been enjoying for ages. There’s something so satisfying about dipping the bread into the runny yolk! Even if you don’t serve a runny yolk, bread and eggs are a classic combination. My kids love the egg sprinkled with a little Parmesan or cheddar!

What’s the difference between egg in a hole and egg in the nest?

Although it’s confusing how many different names there are for this dish, they’re essentially all the same! You’re just cutting a hole into the bread, adding an egg, and either griddling or baking the mixture until the bread is toasted and the egg is fully cooked.

You can also see these called egg toasts or eggy bread, but the idea is the same! They’re a great protein-packed breakfast, perfect for kids.

Storage Guidelines

  • Eggs in the nest are typically made and served right away for the best texture. Although you can technically store these egg in a hole toasts in the fridge for later, the reheating process will overcook the egg and make the bread hard and dry.
A close-up of baked eggs in a nest, the toast being held up between someone's fingers.

Serving Suggestions

This heart egg toast is such a fun breakfast, especially for a birthday or Valentine’s Day! Turn it into a complete meal with these healthy, kid-friendly breakfast recipes:

Recipe Variations

  • Make it on the stove: This oven-baked version is the easiest way to make eggs in the hole, but you can also make this recipe in a hot skillet as well. Be sure to add a little butter or oil, then place the piece of toast down before adding the egg and seasonings. Let it cook until the egg begins to firm up and the toast turns golden brown, then flip it over to cook on the other side or add the lid to steam the egg. Serve and enjoy!
  • Use scrambled eggs: Instead of cracking the whole egg into the heart shape piece of bread, you can also scramble eggs and add little bits of ham and diced red pepper. They’ll bake in the mold and add a little Valentine’s Day charm. 
  • Switch up the bread: This recipe would be wonderful with soft pieces of brioche, sourdough, or regular white sandwich bread. I recommend looking for something with whole grains and little to no added sugar to make it more filling and nutritious.
A heart shaped egg toast on a decorative plate, alongside mixed berries and heart shaped toast cutouts.

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5 from 1 vote

Heart Shaped Eggs in a Nest {Heart Egg Toast}

Created by Elysia
Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Whether you call it eggs in a nest, egg in the hole, or something else, this Heart Egg Toast is a fun twist on a classic that's perfect for your Valentine's Day breakfast! The egg bakes into the heart-shaped hole in the bread for a festive, fun breakfast your kids will want again and again. You just need a cookie cutter to make this special breakfast any time!

Ingredients
 

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices of whole grain bread
  • Butter or oil
  • Sprinkle of cheese (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet or square baking pan with parchment paper. Brush some oil or spread some butter on each slice of bread. Take a large heart cookie cutter and cut out in the center of the bread. Place the bread and cutout in the oven for 5 minutes to toast it. 
  • Carefully crack an egg into each cutout shape. Either leave egg as is for a runny yolk (only suitable for kids over the age of 5*), or give it a quick whisk for a firmer yolk. Add a sprinkle of cheese or other toppings, if desired. Place the cutout back on top of the egg. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until egg is cooked through. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg
Heart egg toast on a plate with berries and honey melon hearts.

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