To begin with, we thought about including the egg as part of an enriched bread dough, but that was far too boring for an Invention. So instead we decided to make bacon rolls, following Dan's original suggestion, and then to add cooked eggs to them. Here's how we did it. A catalogue of wrong decisions, as you will see, that somehow turned out quite well.
12 rashers streaky bacon (I should have used 8 to 10 rashers of back)
1 egg per roll
|Roll with carved dip|
It was when the meat was cooked well enough that I realised we should have used lean back bacon - because when the meat was tender, the fat was still a bit floppy which would have been soooo nasty in a cold roll. So we ended up making the bacon proper crisp. Next time, we'll use back bacon and leave it more tender.
|Raw eggs in the rolls|
The rolls spread more than usual during proving (I guess due to the extra oil that was added along with the bacon), but we went ahead anyway, dusting them with a little flour before putting them in the oven and baking for 25 minutes at 200C.
When the rolls were done, I gave them a few minutes to cool off (remember, it's heading towards 2pm by this time and still nobody has eaten), then carved a dip in four of them. I cracked an egg into two of the dips and put those two rolls back in the oven to bake for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, we scrambled another two eggs (I am not providing the recipe for that) and piled them into the other two prepared rolls. Et voila. Very late lunch!
|Dan's Thumbometer - double yum|
Yes, I know it all sounds a bit fiddly but, to be honest, that's down to me doing things in the wrong order; it was actually pretty straightforward. And the rolls were great. Rose just fine in the oven, and had a soft, fluffy crumb. Crispy bacon was tasty. Adding the eggs made a lovely brunchy thing, and if the rolls were made the day before it'd be quick to do. We can't claim the idea for baking eggs in bread rolls - it's all over the online recipe sites. But we can claim baking eggs in bacon rolls - which were really tasty all by themselves, by the way, going some way to proving Eddie's maxim that 'everything is better with bacon'.