Egg in a Biscuit

Egg in a Biscuit Recipe

Today I’m going to share with you, one of the best things I’ve put into my mouth this year. It may not be much to look at from the outside, but crack these babies open and the fluffy cheddar and chive biscuit parts to reveal a soft boiled egg with a molten gold core. It may look like some kind of sorcery, but I assure you, there were no spells involved in the making of these magical biscuits.

I wish I could lay claim to this brilliant idea, but I first saw something like this at Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco, and I belive the idea comes from Texas baked eggs, where muffin tins are lined with biscuit dough and filled with a raw egg before being baked.

The trouble with baking the eggs without being covered is that the top inevitably gets a little rubbery by the time the biscuit dough cooks through. By enclosing the whole egg in dough, it protects the egg, keeping it from drying out. Of course if you’ve ever worked with biscuit dough you know it’s less a dough and more a batter in consistency making it virtually impossible to get a raw egg inside.

The trick is to soft boil the egg and then chill it before baking the biscuit quickly at a high temperature. The little air-pockets insulate the egg, preventing it from overcooking, giving you a moist fluffy biscuit with a luxuriously soft egg in the center.

While wrangling a soft-boiled egg is easier than trying to wrap a raw egg, it still takes a bit of finesse to get right. With a little practice and a lot of flour (on your hands), it’s possible for mere mortals to get the egg inside of the cheddary biscuit.

The real challenge here is to boil the eggs as little as possible while still being able to peel them. If the white starts falling apart while peeling the egg, it will be almost impossible to form the biscuit dough around the eggs, so if you’re not confident in your egg peeling skills, give my post on perfect boiled eggs a read and make a few extras. I’ve found that 4 minute eggs are pretty tough to work with, so I usually let them go for 5 minutes.

Also, keep in mind that once you mix the yogurt and dry ingredients, the baking soda will activate, leavening the biscuit with CO2, but like a baking soda volcano, its powers are finite, which is why it’s important to work quickly once you’ve mixed the yogurt in.

Lastly, using a good quality egg with a golden yolk is obvious, but most of the flavor in this biscuit comes from the cheddar, so be sure to find the best aged clothbound cheddar you can find.

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Moist fluffy cheddar chive biscuits with a soft boiled egg inside.
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Moist fluffy cheddar chive biscuits with a soft boiled egg inside.
Servings Prep Time
biscuits 5minutes
Cook Time
12minutes
Servings Prep Time
biscuits 5minutes
Cook Time
12minutes
Ingredients
  • 130 grams flour - all-purpose (~1 cup)
  • 15 grams granulated sugar (1 tablespoon)
  • 7.5 grams baking powder ( 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 grams baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 3 grams salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 28.5 grams butter - cultured unsalted (2 tablespoons) chilled & cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 30 grams white cheddar cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons chives chopped
  • 2/3 cup yogurt - plain
  • 4 eggs - soft boiled
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Instructions
  1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to combine.
  3. Distribute the butter evenly over the flour and pulse 1 full second at a time until the mixture resembles gravel. Add the cheese and pulse a few more times to break up the cheese, but be sure to leave some small chunks.
  4. Transfer this mixture to a bowl and stir in the chives.
  5. Shake (or whisk) the yogurt until it's thin enough to pour.
  6. Add the yogurt to the the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. It's okay if it's not 100% incorporated but be careful not to overmix.
  7. Working quickly, put 4 small circles of batter down on the parchment paper and top each one with an egg standing upright. Cover each egg with the remaining batter and place the pan into the pre-heated oven.
  8. Bake for 4-5 minutes and then turn down the heat to 400 degrees F (200 C) and bake until the biscuits are golden brown (about another 7-10 minutes).
  9. Serve hot, or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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  • Elena Zapassky

    It’s good for a trip!

  • Angela Roberts

    Wow. I consider myself a bit of a biscuit queen who loves eggs, so this really got my attention. I’m not sure if I can pull this off, but I will be trying to. The egg peeling is going to be a challenge. I get my eggs from a farmer around here, so they have those orange yolks and are wonderful.

  • joannova

    Looks like perfection to me!

  • bev@bevcooks

    A.MAZ.ING.

  • http://anyaeblog.com Anya Rawks

    I’m making this in the morning. I will eat them so fast and be so happy.

  • evanspaleochallenge

    i wanna try this with chunks of bacon in the batter.

  • kaetchen

    I made these for breakfast with friends this morning. My guests loved them! I boiled and peeled the eggs last night and got them out of the fridge as I started preparing the dough. They were flat on one side, so i just laid them on their side instead of the end. I only used one tablespoon sugar; next time I will just leave it out. Why put sugar in a savory biscuit? I salted and peppered the eggs, too. Next time I will grate the cheese, because my chunks stayed in chunks. I added a bit too much yogurt to the dough and it was too soft, but it has to be somewhat soft to get around the eggs. As they baked, the biscuits spread out and the egg showed through a bit, but they didn’t dry out. This is a keeper.

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Kaetchen, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. Soft boiled eggs will get a little flat once peeled, so it’s best to leave them in the shell until you’re ready to use them. As for the sugar, it’s in there for the same reason you add salt to sweet baked goods, it adds depth and balances out the salt in the cheese.

      • Erin Bailey

        It also helps with getting a nice golden brown color. Same for pancakes. Leave out the sugar and they are too pale and pasty. :) I am going to try this recipe for my family for breakfast. Thanks!

  • Kris

    A thing of beauty. Wow!

  • Risa

    I am completely in love with this. I am on a soft boiled egg kick and can’t wait to get these started!

  • Ad Hooc

    What about doing them with poached eggs?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Ad Hooc, it should work in theory, as long you you dry the poached eggs thoroughly using paper towels. I do think the shape will be better if you soft boil them though. If you give it a go, let us know how it goes.

  • Tay Mor

    kyaaaaaa!!! for a budding foodie, your site is like heaven! I love that you put everything you need! Hello bookmarking haha! I deffo want to try these out!

  • equalos

    My trick for peeling eggs is dipping them into cold water. I’m not really sure why, but the shells peel off really easily and makes minimal mess!

  • Svetlana Bodnya

    Hi! I’ve made it and the dough has flowed… I don’t know why, do you have any ideas? Thanks.

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Svetlana, it looks like your batter may have been a bit soft. There’s a couple possibilities here. Did you use the weight measures for the flour or the cup measures? Volumetric measures (cups) are not a very accurate way of measuring ingredients that can be compressed (like flour) so if you measured this way it’s possible there wasn’t enough flour. The other possibility is that the yogurt you used was the thinner than the yogurt I used. In either case, just include a bit more flour next time. Did your batter look like the one in step 6? If so there is one other possibility which is that your oven may run cool. The reason for the relatively high initial temperature is to quickly set the outside before turning the heat down to bake. If you think this might be the problem, try starting off at a higher temperature. I hope that helps!

      • http://svetlanbo.blogspot.com Svetlana Bodnya

        Thank you very much for your answer! I’ll try again!

  • Sansei Chef

    Marc, would the results be similar if you create a nest of batter in a greased muffin tin, place the boiled egg placed carefully in the nest, and then carefully cover the egg with more batter? I am thinking it would offer a more structured muffin upon baking versus the artisan look of a drop muffin, as an alternative. This recipe reminds me of a soft-cooked, vegetarian version of a Scottish egg, and is such an interesting breakfast concept that I am considering this for a food shoot featuring delicious alternatives to ordinary meals (with appropriate credits, of course!). Your culinary approach and ideas are fabulous! Domo arigato.

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Sansei Chef, personally I like the crust that you get from having more surface area with the freeform method, but you can absolutely do these in a muffin tin and it will make them much easier to shape them. You may want to use an over-sized muffin tin though so I’m not sure you’ll get a good egg to batter ratio with a regular-sized tin.

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