Sunday, March 10, 2013

Household Experiment: Mini Roll Egg Bake

A couple days ago, we found this recipe on Facebook being shared around for a mini roll egg bake.  Basically, you take rolls, hollow them out like you do bread bowls, and throw in goodies you'd like to eat with your eggs.

Since today was baking day, I thought I'd make some of the bread into rolls instead, and give this a try for dinner.
Finished Rolls

Tops cut off, bread pulled out of the middle, just like making a bread bowl.  
We ate the insides, the chickens gladly ate the tops

I added cheddar cheese and sliced pepperoni to the front ones, and tomato to the back ones.  At this point, I realized I'd made the rolls a bit too small, so I took three eggs, beat them in a measuring cup, and filled the hollowed rolls.

What happens when you do not cut the top of the roll off evenly; the eggs run out a bit!  Opps! But into the oven they went. At 350 degrees, they were taking a very long time, and the rest of the bread was pretty much ready to go in the oven itself.  So I upped the heat to the 425 required for the bread, and just a few minutes later...

The finished items!  By beating the eggs, it's almost souffle like, as the eggs puffed up over the top of the roll.
We ate them, and they are yummy, but I need to make bigger rolls next time.

So, evaluation:
Time - quick, if you don't make the rolls
Quality - good!

Here's the recipe - enjoy!

· 8 crusty bread rolls
· 2 Tb butter, melted
· Salt and pepper
· Assorted fillings*
· 8 eggs
Preheat your oven to 180c/350F. Slice off the top of each roll and scoop out the soft bread inside, leaving the sides of the roll intact. Brush the inside of each roll with the melted butter and season with salt and pepper.
Fill the roll with their favorite toppings*. Crack an egg or egg white on top, season with salt and pepper, and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes and then cover the pan loosely with foil. Bake an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the egg is just set.


Now, when I went out to give the chickens their bread bits, I collected the afternoon eggs, and found a trend - every time the chickens are stuck inside for the day due to a snowstorm (their own fault, the refuse to go out in the snow), we get an abnormal egg. Usually it's a coloring thing, or an elongated egg - one of our Leghorns just does NOT like being stuck inside all day!

Today's abnormality was a shell less egg. And not only is it missing its shell, it's missing its yolk!  Now, this is rather common when the chickens first start laying eggs and their bodies are adjusting to the whole process, but it is much rarer to find one when they are over a year old. But the snow is melting, spring is coming, which means more outside time for our girls.

Holding the shell less egg up to the light - since it's all membrane, you can clearly see there is no yolk.

What a membrane only egg is like - it's rather odd - it feels smooth, but you can clearly move it around without breaking anything.

So that's our egg, that's our dinner - I also made 16 rolls total, cupcakes, three loaves of regular bread, and three loaves of bread with fresh chopped garlic rolled up in it.  If you love garlic and have never tried it, you should!

Egg count of the day - six, including the odd one.

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