Popeye – Breakfast of Champions

Early one Saturday the husband insisted on making this ‘thing he’d heard about on the radio’ for breakfast. As more of a visual person I wasn’t sold but he’s fairly trustworthy and pretty damn impressive in the kitchen so I let him get on with it. Turns out the thing he’d heard about was only the most delicious, cholesterol raising breakfast of champions that ever there was. Since that day it’s featured in all of our greatest celebratory days and some boring old Saturdays’ where we’ve just needed a good dose of artery blocking stodge to get us going.

I give you the New York Top Hat. At least that’s what I’ve been calling it although Mr Google suggests that a New York Top Hat is bloody head wear in the Big Apple. No class.

So we’ll call it a Popeye, because that’s what Google says.


Whatever you call it just make it, love it, don’t eat too many of them and keep the Rennies on hand for the heartburn.

To feed two:

2 slices of good thick white bread

4 cooked rashers smoked bacon

2 eggs

Oil for frying

Use a biscuit cutter to cut a beautifully satisfying hole in each of your slices of bread.


Heat up a little oil in a frying pan. I’m always too keen and don’t let the oil get hot enough-don’t be me.

When the oil is almost smoking, chuck the holey slice and the little extra disc of bread into the pan.


Give it a couple of seconds and crack an egg into the middle.

Let it cook for around 45 seconds until the egg is starting to set and, use a slice to flip the whole thing over in the pan (don’t forget the little golden cut offs, they’re delicious).


Let it cook on for another minute or so depending on how firm you like your yolks and you’re good to go. Serve with crispy bacon and lashings of maple syrup.

It’s almost as good as the cinnamon nutella filled eggy bread of last year. Almost.


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  • Laura @ Laughter is Catching

    theyre sooooo good. My friend makes them as she doesnt like the egg white, but i didnt twig thats what theyre called. Yum!

  • YUM. YUM YUM YUMMMM. Definitely trying this next brunch-time! 😀

  • We always treat ourselves to “weekend breakfasts” but they’re pretty uninspired really, I’m taking kids cereal, pop tarts or chocolate spread on toast – we sure know how to treat ourselves! Now I’m thinking maybe we should make a bit more effort cos this looks so so good!

  • Kerri

    I’m not sure if the phrase ‘I heard this thing on the radio’ is better or worse that ‘I saw this thing on the internet’… But I want to lick my screen all the same.

  • Rosie McKay

    Wow looks such a treat.
    I love lazy weekend breakfasts, even better when they are served up in bed!


  • Cat

    Oh yes! I grew up eating these all the time, although we called them Toad in a Hole. Perhaps it’s more common here in on the US West Coast? The best part is munching on the center bread while you wait for them to cook 🙂


  • that looks SO good! my sister would love these. if I am ever feeling like a nice sister I will definitely make them for her haha


  • Bella

    I literally just ate dinner and this has gone and made me feel hungry again…next weekend brunch, sorted!


  • Rachael

    Oh that looks like the breakfast of champions!

  • I want this for breakfast everyday! This looks great.

  • Honestly, I don’t know what the bobbins they’re called! We’ll still be calling them New York Top Hats – it sounds jaunty and I like it.

    All I know is that I do like to stuff one of these in my face at the weekend. Mmmm mmm.
    M x

  • DO IT! Send me pictures.
    M x

  • POP TARTS! It’s been a bloody long time since I’ve devoured a pop tart.
    These are a good middle ground, minimum effort but so tasty!
    M x

  • Definitely worth a lick.

    At least I didn’t end up naked in the kitchen brandishing a spatula and a small aubergine. So maybe the radio is better?
    M x

  • Ach, I’d love a breakfast in bed! Spaniels and relaxing weekend mornings do not go well together. We tuck into these when we get back from a monster walk and when everyone’s a bit cold and tired.
    M x

  • Oooh maybe they are more common there! Here Toad in the Hole is a sausage in a yorkshire pudding (do you know those?)
    And yep, I have munched on many a delicious little golden square of bread whilst waiting.
    M x

  • Haha, if you get round to it let me know if you were right!! And if she managed to get any or if you devoured them all first off!
    M x

  • Dude seriously, get on it. SO GOOD.
    M x

  • It REALLY is.
    Like really.
    M x

  • Ach if calories weren’t a factor I’d walk around with one of these in my pocket to munch at all times.
    M x

  • If calories didn’t exist it’s safe to say I’d have that for breakfast and pasta for lunch every day. Oh to live that dream!x

  • This sounds amazing. I am definitely suggesting this to the husband this weekend!
    Debi x

  • I have to say that this does sound really good. Absolutely no way to veganize it successfully – but I guess that goes to show that some things are just better left as it. Sending this to my partner because it’s like everything his wildest dreams are made of.

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

  • How did you not know about this….you call yourself English?! My fella is a little bit Scottish and a little bit Englishy and he makes it all the time. His name… it’s technical… ‘egg in bread’.

  • DO IT! And let me know how it goes.
    I need to stop shouting at people about this food…
    M x

  • I know, I’m so sorry! There’s not much friendly about it – full of gluten and very unvegan :o(
    But if your partner discovers a new love I’ll count it a mini success.
    M x

  • Ha, I prefer egg in bread. No ambiguity or cutesy cartoon characters and you know exactly what you’re getting.
    It’s my new favourite. Whatever the hell we’re calling it.
    M x

  • Oh K.

    I did not know this was the name for it! I’m not english but I consider myself a egg with bread specialist. No seriously. I really love eggs and bread.


  • Eggs and bread – what’s not to love my friend?
    And disclaimer, this could be called any number of things. I’m sticking with New York Top Hat, it sounds jaunty but means NOTHING!
    M x

  • Charlotte @ Educating Elsa

    That’s breakfast sorted then. Awesome.

  • duck in a dress

    Looks delicious. Next time I’m down Torbaydos, I’ll pop round for brekkie 🙂 xx