Eggs in brioche nests

Eggs in brioche nests
This is an original way to serve an egg: with cheese in a savoury brioche nest.

This looks elegant for when you have guests and it is delicious as well.
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Last modified on: December 6th 2015

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2 hours 20 min.20 min.57 min.3 hours 37 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 20 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Prapare 360 g Brioche dough without any sugar. You will notice that the dough is whiter than the sweet version.

Weigh out into 2 oz (60 g) portions and shape into balls. Arrange these on a baking sheet, then cover with a plastic sheet.

Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
After this resting time, flatten the balls out, then reshape into balls and put into small brioche moulds or tins.

Stage 3 - 1 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Glaze the tops of the brioches with beaten egg using a brush.

Stage 4 - 2 hours
Eggs in brioche nests
Leave to rest in a warm place for 2 hours.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
After this resting time, brush with beaten egg again. Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).

Stage 6 - 25 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Bake for about 25 minutes, but check to see if they are cooked after 20 minutes.

Leave the brioches to cool in their tins and turn out when cold. Do not turn the oven off; turn it up to 390°F (200°C).

You will notice that without sugar the brioches do not brown as easily.

Stage 7 - 2 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Slice off the top of each brioche with a serrated knife.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Cut around the inside of the brioche with the same knife.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Scoop out the centre with a spoon.

Stage 10 - 2 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Fill the centre of each brioche with shavings of cheese (a delicious Laguiole here).

Stage 11 - 2 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Pour an egg white into each brioche.

Stage 12 - 30 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes...

Stage 13 - 1 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
...until the egg white is completely set.

Salt and pepper the top of the egg white.

Stage 14 - 2 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Carefully place an egg yolk on top of each white and put back in the oven for 2 minutes. The yolk does not need to cook, just heat through.

Stage 15 - 1 min.
Eggs in brioche nests
Just before serving piping hot, scatter a few chopped chives over.
You can buy the brioches ready made from the baker, but they are likely to be sweet, so this is not a good idea unless you enjoy sweet-savoury combinations.

Use a cheese with plenty of character and enough flavour to contrast with the blander egg and brioche (I love using Comté, Laguiole or Reblochon for this).
Should be eaten immediately.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,072 Kcal or 8,675 Kj432 gr1,829 gr911 gr
104 %166 %173 %138 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
274 Kcal or 1,147 Kj57 gr242 gr120 gr
14 %22 %23 %18 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
345 Kcal or 1,444 Kj72 gr305 gr152 gr
17 %28 %29 %23 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Egg, Gluten, leaven
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 pieces : 3.36 €
  • Per piece : 0.56 €

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