Celebrating British Food & Cooking
What better breakfast than a perfectly cooked boiled dippy egg with a runny yolk and a firm white body. Just right for dipping those golden toasted soldiers into.
Why Dippy Egg and Soldiers?
For us Brits, a soft boiled egg with toast strips is comfort food that we are first given as children, but which most crave particularly when poorly into adulthood.
The strips of toast are called soldiers because they are straight, just like any UK service personnel on parade. Children dip the soldiers into the egg hence the description.
Dippy Egg with Soldiers
- 1 medium free-range egg
- 1 slice wholemeal bread
- 1 knob softened butter for spreading
- Half-fill a small saucepan with water. Put on the hob over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Once boiling, gently lower the egg into the saucepan using a long-handled, slotted spoon. As soon as the water comes back to the boil, set the timer for 4 minutes. This will give you a lovely soft-boiled egg with a runny yolk, which is perfect for dipping your toast soldiers into. If you want the yolk to be slightly firmer, boil the egg for 5 minutes. If you want a hard-boiled egg with a firm yolk you will need to boil it for 7 minutes.
- When the egg is done, carefully lift it out of the pan with a slotted spoon. Put it into an egg cup.
- Pop the bread into the toaster and toast until golden brown. Put it on a chopping board and spread it with butter, then cut it into long strips to dip into the egg. Serve the egg with salt and pepper pots.