The perfect soft boiled egg

The ideal breakfast, a soft boiled egg is one of those things that everyone thinks they know how to cook, until they try it. And then they are not sure of the timings to get the perfect soft boiled egg.

The main thing to keep in mind, is to not try to boil a cold egg! Leave it at room temperature for a hour or two first.

  1. When you are ready to cook your eggs, pop a pan of cold water onto the stove. 
  2. About an inch and a half of water will be sufficient. Then turn the heat up high and heat until the water is boiling.
  3. Carefully lower the eggs into the pan, using a slotted spoon. Turn down the heat and start your timer.
  4. Once the timer goes off, carefully lift out the eggs, one by one, and pop into an egg cup. Using a sharp knife, slice off the top third and serve with bread and butter for a delicious, healthy breakfast.

The size of the egg will affect how long you need to boil it for. A medium egg will take around 3-4 minutes whereas a large egg will take 4-5 minutes.

The shorter times will leave the yolk runny, but the white may not be set quite enough for some people.

Soft boiled eggs can also be used at other meals, as a topping on things like salads, fish and vegetables. 

Why not try them on toast instead of the fried variety?

Soft Boiled Duck Eggs

We recently stayed in a cottage on a farm in Devon, where we could buy fresh duck eggs to cook for our breakfast.

As they are generally a little larger than hen's eggs I (wrongly) assumed they would take longer to cook. I therefore gave them 6 minutes, only to find they were pretty solid! 

The next morning I asked the farmer and he said 4 minutes would give the perfect boiled duck egg. Armed with this knowledge I tried again the next morning and SUCCESS! 

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