Cuddly egg men

Cuddly egg men

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus rising


Makes 4
A decoration and breakfast treat in one - please hungry kids with these baked eggs and homemade bread men, they'll enjoy making them too!

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal471
  • fat12.4g
  • saturates2.6g
  • carbs73g
  • sugars1.9g
  • fibre4.1g
  • protein16.3g
  • salt0.8g


  • 400g strong white flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pinch of sugar



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  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature


  1. Put the flour into a large bowl and stir in the salt, sugar and yeast. Pour in 250ml water and the oil and mix to a soft dough. Add a little extra water if necessary.

  2. Knead the dough for a few minutes until smooth and then put into a bowl, cover and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

  3. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Turn the dough out onto a board, knead briefly and then cut into four. Take one piece and cut off a quarter and shape into a ball for the head. Shape the other piece into a sausage. Attach the head to the body using a little cold water.

  4. Place the dough onto a non-stick baking sheet. Using a sharp knife cut the bottom half of the sausage to make two legs, then cut into the sides up to the shoulders to make two arms. Using scissors, snip at intervals around the top of the head to make hair and make one snip for the mouth. Use a wooden skewer to make two eyes.

  5. Take one egg and place on the dough man’s tummy. Fold the arms over the egg and secure with a little cold water. Make three more egg men with the remaining dough. Leave to prove for about 10 mins.

  6. Bake in the oven for 20 mins until well risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack for a few mins before peeling the egg and eating with the warm bread.

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1st Dec, 2014
Can anyone please tell me the origin of this recipe?...It was a family Easter tradition of my husband..I can't wait to make these cute little egg men!.
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1st Dec, 2014
Hi janiesjungles this recipe was created for us by Valerie Barrett but similar breads baked with the inclusion of whole eggs often appear throughout Europe during Easter time. 
28th Aug, 2014
Yummy and fun! I'll make with fatter arms next time, as the eggs were very slightly burnt where they weren't protected by the dough.
1st Dec, 2014
Can you tell me where this recipe originated from?..Newly married..This was a family Easter tradition of my husbands.I can't find anything. ...
11th Jun, 2013
Goo goo goo joob. These are fun!
3rd Nov, 2012
I love the step-by-step instructions for this. I'll see how it goes!
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