STUFFED, BAKED CIABATTA (an all-in-one full hot breakfast)

My husband’s birthday was celebrated at home with family this year. I was “released” from full bed rest (which I was placed on due to pregnancy-related issues caused by a subchorionic hematoma) two days before the event. After being largely immobile for over two months, I couldn’t wait to get back into a little light cooking. Our favourite meal of the day (when it’s done right and consumed in a leisurely way) is breakfast/brunch. So as part of Project Pinterest I decided to raid my Pinterest Brunch board for ideas. This brunch main course was modified from a breakfast bread bowl recipe. I chose this recipe as most of our brunches have required everything to be cooked fresh on the day and I wanted to make things easier on myself by opting for a main dish that allowed for some day-before preparation.

A full, hot breakfast… in its own baked bread bowl!


Prep Time: 30 Min (depending on ingredients), Cook Time: 30-35 Min


2 large ciabatta rolls* (or 4 small ones for individual serves)
4 free-range, organic eggs*
Melted butter
Salt and pepper
Yummy ingredients of your choice

* Increase/decrease amount of ingredients depending upon the size of your company. This suggestion serves 4 people.


  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
  2. Cut out two “wells” on either side of each roll and scoop out the bread (or if using individual rolls, cut the top off each a hollow out). Brush the inside of each bread bowl with melted butter (olive oil would work great too) and season.
  3. Stuff each bread bowl with yummy things (we used grated cheese, organic sauteed mushrooms with a little garlic salt, organic bacon, caramelised onions, sauteed organic red capsicum/bell pepper, etc, etc.) then top with a freshly cracked egg and pop into the oven on a lined baking tray.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, cover loosely with foil and bake for a further 20-25 minutes or until eggs seem nicely done.
  5. If using the large rolls, cut down the middle to make two servings.

* All of the key ingredients for stuffing the bread can be prepared in advance; grilling veggies, grating cheese, etc. And as the bread is going to be crusty, it works great to buy it in advance too.

* So easy to make many vegetarian versions of this. Imagine cubes of sweet potato, spinach, feta (or vegan cheese), semi-dried tomatoes… mmm! Endless possibilities!

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