How to Make Eggs 5 Ways

How to Make Eggs 5 WaysAaaaand we’re back! As is my January blogging tradition, this month will be less about dessert and more about savory foods and weeknight meals—the “normal” stuff. One cannot live on holiday cookies alone (but lord knows I’ve tried).

To start us off, something I make all the time: eggs! Nary a week goes by when I don’t slap an egg on something and call it breakfast, lunch or dinner. In addition to being power-lifters in baking, eggs are an inexpensive, versatile, quick-cooking protein. I always have a couple dozen around!

Today, I’m going to walk you through how to make eggs five ways: scrambled, fried, poached, hard-boiled and soft-boiled. Why so many methods? Because I like options! Sometimes I want a delicate poached egg, other times a creamy hard-boiled egg is the ticket. It’s nice to know how to make ‘em both.

I have written all the instructions and proportions based on large eggs, which are what I keep for both baking and eating. If you are using medium or extra-large eggs, you may need to adjust some cook times. I’ve also written each method to reflect using only two eggs (what I usually eat), but the recipes can be multiplied unless stated otherwise.

While I know there are approximately 742 ways to scramble, fry, poach, and hard- and soft-boil eggs, these are the methods that have consistently worked for me. If you have tips or methods that work for you, please let me know in the comments or on social media! Oh, and let me know your favorite thing to throw an egg on! #putaneggonit am I right?How to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysScrambled Eggs

What they are
Eggs that have been beaten with cream, salt and pepper, until fully combined, then cooked low-and-slow, until fluffy, but not browned.

What you’ll need
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons heavy cream
pinch of salt (I use a scant 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt)
a few grinds of black pepper
1 tablespoon butter, for cooking

How to make them
In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, heavy cream, salt and pepper. Use a fork to whisk together until combined and even in color.

Heat a small-medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add butter and swirl to melt. It may foam a bit; just wait for any dramatic bubbling to subside.

Pour in eggs. Using a spatula, start at the outer edge of the pan and push the runny egg toward the center of the pan. Repeat this motion, moving your way around the pan over and over until large curds form. I recommend pulling the eggs off the heat when they still look a tiny bit underdone, so as not to overcook them. They will finish cooking off the heat (“carryover cooking”). Serve.How to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysSunny Side-Up Fried Eggs

What they are
Eggs with yolks and whites still intact that have been quickly fried in oil (or butter, although I don’t care for the appearance of cooked milk solids on my fried eggs). The edges get lacy while the yolks stays runny and golden. They are called sunny side-up because the yolk resembles a bright golden sun.

For those concerned, there is no need to worry about the dreaded uncooked egg whites here—they’re basted with hot oil so that they set before the yolk becomes hard.

What you’ll need
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons oil (I prefer olive or canola oil)
salt and pepper, for serving

How to make them
Crack eggs into small bowls (one bowl per egg).

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, swirling to coat. Add eggs and let cook until whites are no longer transparent, but not set. They will sputter and pop quite a bit.

Use an oven mitt to lift/tilt the pan so that the hot oil collects at the edge of the pan, away from the eggs. Use a heatproof spoon to spoon oil over the eggs repeatedly until whites are set and the yolks are still jiggly. Edges should be turning golden.

Immediately remove eggs to plates and serve. I highly recommend garlic-rubbed toast as an accoutrement.How to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysPoached Eggs

What they are
Eggs cooked in simmering (read: not boiling) water until the whites are set and the yolks are still runny, or otherwise cooked to your preference. Although it’s optional, I like to add a splash of vinegar to the water to help the whites set.

I do not recommend making more than 3 poached eggs at a time, as they are extremely time-sensitive. Nothing’s worse than chasing one around the pan with a slotted spoon, only to find that it’s over-cooked!

What you’ll need
water
2 large eggs
a splash (~1 teaspoon) white or apple cider vinegar (optional)
salt and pepper, for serving

How to make them
Fill a 4-quart pot 1/2-2/3 full of water and bring to a boil over high heat.

Crack egg(s) into small bowls (one bowl per egg). Line a small plate with paper towels.

Once water reaches a boil, reduce heat to medium or medium-low, so that it’s at a simmer. Add vinegar, if using.

Working quickly with one egg at a time, bring the bowl close to the surface of the water and pour it in. Immediately drag a slotted spoon under the egg to lift it slightly (this keeps it from sticking to the bottom and has the added benefit of helping the white wrap around the yolk in a pleasing way). Quickly repeat this process with remaining egg. Let simmer 3 minutes, until the whites are set but yolks are still runny. For harder cooked eggs, add 15-30 seconds to the cook time.

Use a slotted spoon to lift eggs out of the water and onto the paper towel-lined plate to drain. Remove eggs to serving plates and enjoy immediately.How to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysHard-Boiled Eggs

What they are
Eggs that have been cooked in their shells until both the whites and yolks are just set. No green-ringed yolks here! These can be made ahead and refrigerated in their shells for up to three days, so they’re great for on-the-go breakfasts or snacks, and making deviled eggs and egg salad, of course.

It’s as quick and easy to make twelve hard-boiled eggs as it is to make two. You can make as many as will fit in your pan.

What you’ll need
2-12 large eggs in their shells (based on need and pan space)
cold tap water
ice

How to make them
Place eggs in a single layer on the bottom of a deep pan. Add cold water to cover by about an inch. Place over high heat and bring to a rolling boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat, but let eggs sit in water for 9 minutes.

While eggs are still in the hot water, fill a bowl with cold water and add lots of ice. When the 9 minutes are up, use a spoon to lift eggs out of the hot water and into the ice bath. Let sit about 10 minutes, or until cooled.

To peel an egg, tap each narrow end of the egg shell on a hard surface, and then gently roll it on the surface to encourage cracking all the way around. Use your fingers to pick the shell away. Rinse with cold water, if needed. Enjoy.

Leftover eggs may be kept in their shells in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.How to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysSoft-Boiled Eggs

What they are
Eggs that have been cooked in their shells in boiling water until the whites are just set, but the yolks are jammy. These can be made ahead and refrigerated in their shells for up to three days. These are great on toast, in salads or even in soup (think borscht and ramen).

As with hard-boiled eggs, it’s as quick and easy to make twelve soft-boiled eggs as it is to make two. You can make as many as will fit in your pan.

What you’ll need
2-12 large eggs in their shells (based on need and pan space)
water
ice

How to make them
Fill a deep pan 1/3-1/2 way (so that it’s deep enough to cover an egg). Bring to a boil over high heat. Carefully add eggs and boil for 6.5 minutes.

While eggs are boiling, fill a bowl with cold water and add lots of ice. When the 6.5 minutes are up, use a spoon to quickly and carefully move eggs from hot water to ice bath. Let cool 5-10 minutes, or until you can handle them, before removing from ice bath.

To peel an egg, tap each narrow end of the egg shell on a hard surface, and then gently roll it on the surface to encourage cracking all the way around. Use your fingers to pick the shell away. Rinse with cold water, if needed. Enjoy.

Leftover eggs may be kept in their shells in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.How to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 WaysHow to Make Eggs 5 Ways

Friday Favorites: 2019

Hello! Happy 2020! I’ve started this new year (decade?!) out by putting myself on a self-imposed kitchen break. I messed up four cakes in a row, so I figured I might be…dare I say…tired. Just a little worn out.

It makes sense—I cranked out about 100 new recipes last year, plus many celebration cakes and family dinners. I deserve a little break. Rest assured, I’ll be back in action next week, but it’s been nice to watch quality television and catch a couple of shows I’ve been meaning to see for months. And, of course, to reflect on some of my favorite things I made last year. Put simply, these are the recipes I had the most fun making, eating and sharing in 2019.Friday Favorites: 2019Neapolitan Cake

This certainly wasn’t the easiest thing I made this year, but sometimes the intricate things are the most fun to make. One batter, three kinds of cake and corresponding buttercreams organized in a checkerboard pattern and piped to a ridiculous degree…it’s not for everyone. But every once in a while, it’s fun to give in to a big project, especially when it’s time to slice it up.Friday Favorites: 2019Flourless Italian Rainbow Cookies

And speaking of “project” baking, these Flourless Italian Rainbow Cookies were one of my favorite mysteries to figure out last year. Nailing down the right ratio of almond paste to eggs to almond flour was challenging and tedious, yes, but it was also really fun. In retrospect, it’s probably why my brain is so deeply fried right now. #worthitFriday Favorites: 2019Pretzel Shortbread

This is a simple recipe, but it took a few tries to get it just right. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Lost Bread Co., these crisp, salty-sweet cookies are made with ground pretzels and then “pretzeled” themselves!Friday Favorites: 2019Lazy Lemon Curd + Lemon Meringue S’mores

This three ingredient lemon curd is hardly a recipe, but smear it on a graham cracker and squish it together with a toasted marshmallow and…well, it’s love. Lemon meringue love.Friday Favorites: 2019Buttermilk Pie with Oatmeal Crust

Once a reader said she used my Toasted Oat Graham Cracker dough as her pie crust, I knew I had to try it for myself. I made a few tweaks (couldn’t help myself!), but I love this chewy, cookie-esque crust almost as much as the vanilla-scented buttermilk custard baked into it.Friday Favorites: 2019Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies

I am not the best cookie decorator in the world, but tell me these aren’t adorable. Add to them that the cookies below the icing are rich, chocolaty and simple to make, and you’ve got your Valentine’s Day treat sorted. Not bad for the third day of the new year.Friday Favorites: 2019Frarej {Lebanese Lemon Chicken}

This is my family’s take on a hometown favorite. Lemony and garlicky as all get out, Frarej will become one of your family’s favorites, too!Friday Favorites: 2019Hot Fudge

I look forward to making ice cream toppings every summer. They’re fun to tinker with and always better than what you find at the grocery store. That goes double for this Hot Fudge, which is less sweet than you’d expect, but no less irresistible.Friday Favorites: 2019Carrot Cake Petit Fours

I won’t lie, these almost killed me—poured fondant is not for the faint of heart—but were they ever worth the effort.Friday Favorites: 2019Peanut Butter Marble Cake

I made this for my birthday and my six-year sobriety anniversary last year, and if I had it in me to bake right now, it’s the cake I’d choose to ring in the new decade. Chocolaty, peanut buttery, festive and fun—who could ask for anything more?

Have you made any of these recipes? Let me know in the comments or on social media!Friday Favorites: 2019

Most Popular Recipes of 2019

Another year has come and gone! Time to round up the most clicked and baked recipes of 2019 😊

As with previous year-in-review posts, a few of 2018’s most popular recipes have crept onto 2019’s list, including the top spot. There are some new “faces” too, of course, and each one has earned its spot in the, um…pantheon?…of your favorite E2 Bakes recipes because—make no mistake—this list has been curated by you. I’ll be posting a list of *my* favorite recipes of the past year later this week before returning to regular blogging next Wednesday.

Whether you’re new to my little blog or you’ve been with me from the beginning, thanks for being a part of this community. I wish you all a happy, healthy, joyful 2020 with lots of sweets and treats!Most Popular Recipes of 201910. Pumpkin Oat Dog Treats

These easy, food processor-friendly dog treats have been a hit with every canine who has tried them! Made with good and good-for-pups ingredients like oats, pumpkin purée, natural peanut butter and coconut oil, these are a fun way to let your dog friends know you love them.Most Popular Recipes of 20199. Toasted Oat Graham Crackers

I made these vegan gluten-free oat grahams to accommodate a friend on a trip to Maine a couple of years ago, and I’m so happy they’ve become popular with so many of you! I know at least one reader has used this dough as a crust for her pumpkin pie. I haven’t tried that specifically, but used her idea as inspiration for this year’s Oatmeal Pie Crust.Most Popular Recipes of 20198. Cornmeal Biscuits

Cornmeal Biscuits are the best of two worlds. If you can’t decide between cornbread and buttermilk biscuits, don’t fret—you can have them both! And if you’re feeling kicky, you can add pimento cheese flavors and make the best BLT of your life.Most Popular Recipes of 20197. Maple Layer Cake

This cake made an appearance on last year’s list, and I’m so happy to see it again. It’s got four tender layers, three doses of pure maple syrup, and a crunchy sugar topping you’ll love. Maple is most popular in the fall, but it’s actually a spring flavor, so I hope you’ll make this sooner than later.Most Popular Recipes of 20196. Pumpkin Pie with Toasted Pecan Crust

Another favorite from last year, I actually prefer this vegan gluten-free take on Pumpkin Pie to the butter-crusted custard-based original.Most Popular Recipes of 20195. French Apple Cake

There are a million French Apple Cake recipes out there, but this one is mine. It’s got tons of apples, buttery batter and a golden top that you won’t be able to resist!Most Popular Recipes of 20194. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

I am crazy for this delicious and deliciously-easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake! It’s made with plenty of brown sugar and pineapple juice, and has that beautiful caramel mosaic upside-down topping that we all know and love.Most Popular Recipes of 20193. Coconut Custard Pie

Coconut Custard Pie is the wintry sister of Coconut Cream Pie. They’re both made with a lot of the same ingredients, but this one’s filling is baked until toasty instead of cooked on the stovetop.Most Popular Recipes of 20192. Chocolate Macaroon Tart

This was one of the big surprises of the year. I had no plans to make this tart until I was actively making it, and it’s now a favorite of yours and mine! I can see why—how often do you find a dessert that’s five ingredients, grain- and egg-free, is basically a giant coconut macaroon filled with chocolate, and is dead easy?!Most Popular Recipes of 20191. Silky Smooth Sweet Potato Pie

The pie that was #2 last year has taken the top spot! Super smooth, beautiful and loaded with two pounds of sweet potatoes, I hope this recipe will find its way onto your tables for years to come.

Have you made any of these recipes? What was your favorite E2 Bakes recipe this year? Let me know in the comments or on social media!Most Popular Recipes of 2019

Potato Chip Clusters

Potato Chip ClustersWhen thinking up recipes for the week between Christmas and the New Year—a time when I have tons of leftovers, don’t want to take on any intense kitchen projects, and mostly just need a nap—I knew it had to be easy.Potato Chip ClustersEeeeeeeaaaaasy. E-A-S-Y. No chill, one bowl, no mixer, limited ingredients—easy!Potato Chip ClustersPotato Chip ClustersPotato Chip ClustersPotato Chip ClustersThat’s exactly what these Potato Chip Clusters are: golden, salty-sweet, lightly-candied morsels that require four ingredients, come together in five minutes and bake in seventeen.Potato Chip ClustersThey’re brown at the edges and crispy throughout, and stay that way for days. You won’t have to worry too much about softening since their primary structural component is a single egg white.Potato Chip ClustersI envision these as the perfect thing to go alongside a cocktail, mocktail or glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve, but I also think they’d be great for Super Bowl Sunday, drizzled with chocolate and tucked into a cookie tin next Christmas, or whipped together any old time you need to knock out the last of a bag of potato chips.Potato Chip Clusters

Potato Chip Clusters
makes 12-16 clusters

1 large egg white
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups crushed potato chips (about 40-45 chips)
coarse or flaky sea salt

Place oven racks in the top and bottom positions. Preheat oven to 325F.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together egg white and sugar until bubbly, about 1 minute. Use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to fold in crushed potato chips until all pieces are coated.

Scoop by the tablespoon and drop 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten out slightly with the back of a fork. Sprinkle with salt.

Bake 10 minutes. Rotate top-to-bottom and front-to-back and bake another 7-8 minutes, until deep golden.

Let cool on the pans. Serve. Leftovers will keep covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.Potato Chip Clusters Potato Chip Clusters

Chocolate Cranberry Ginger Blondies

Chocolate Cranberry Ginger BlondiesHello, it’s me, your completely exhausted food blogger friend!

I’m writing this post on Friday night (wild life I lead, huh?), but by the time you read it on Monday, I’ll be at my parents’ house in Texas assembling a Porchetta (!) and giving their dog as many scritches and snuggles as she’ll allow. I’m looking forward to the break and the family time, and to making holiday food.Chocolate Cranberry Ginger BlondiesIt’s been determined that our Christmas dinner dessert will be a Winning Hearts & Minds Cake, mostly for deliciousness and ease-of-preparation reasons, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to find an excuse to make these Chocolate Cranberry Ginger Blondies, too. Thanks to their quick prep time and my mother’s love for any and all dried fruit, I’m sure she won’t object. She may, however, not exactly love me kneading dinner roll dough on her counter, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.Chocolate Cranberry Ginger BlondiesThe blondie base is so simple to make that I have the recipe committed to memory. Well, almost. I reduced the flour by a couple of tablespoons for an extra dense and chewy result and I don’t regret it one bit!Chocolate Cranberry Ginger BlondiesYou could put 1 1/4 cup of any mix-in you like in this blondie batter and it’d bake up beautifully. I went with chocolate chips, dried cranberries and candied ginger because I had a little of all of those in my cookie mix-in cabinet—it’s as simple as that. It helps, of course, that chocolate, cranberries and candies ginger are both beautiful *and* sweet, tangy, delicious holiday fare. I mean, are these calling your name like they are mine?Chocolate Cranberry Ginger BlondiesI’ll be taking this Wednesday off posting because it’s Christmas (duh). I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with good food and people you love. I’ll be back Friday with my last recipe of 2019 and probably some dog pictures.Chocolate Cranberry Ginger Blondies

Chocolate Cranberry Ginger Blondies
makes one 8-inch pan

1 cup water
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
pinch of Kosher or sea salt
1/4 cup small-diced candied ginger
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish and line it with parchment, leaving overhang on two sides for easy removal. Grease again. Set aside.

Plump the cranberries. Bring water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and add cranberries. Let sit about 5 minutes before straining out water.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla, followed by flour and salt. Stir in dried cranberries and candied ginger. Check to make sure the batter isn’t too warm to the touch before stirring in chocolate chips (you don’t want them to melt).

Spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-27 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Let blondies cool in the pan on a rack until they reach room temperature. Run a small, thin knife around the edge of the pan, then use parchment to lift them onto a cutting board. Slice with a large, sharp chef’s knife, wiping the blade clean between cuts. Serve.

Blondies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for three days.Chocolate Cranberry Ginger BlondiesChocolate Cranberry Ginger Blondies