As series five of Downton Abbey draws to a close, it’s clear ‘change’ has been the word on everyone’s lips. Whether it’s political change with the ushering in of a new Labour government or social change with Mary indulging in pre-marital sex, all the characters are aware life will never be as it once was.
This series we’ve seen schoolteacher Miss Bunting received as a guest both in the Grantham’s dining room and downstairs as a maths teacher for Daisy. Footman Jimmy was caught in between Lady Anstruther’s sheets. And Carson was chosen instead of Lord Grantham to chair the village’s committee in charge of a new war memorial. The waters between upstairs and downstairs are muddier than they ever were.
In times such as these perhaps the servants will start taking their breakfast in bed too. Whatever next! We’re sure this truffled egg toast, a breakfast dish usually served upstairs, would go down well with Downton’s staff. A drizzle of black truffle oil adds a luxurious twist to this simple breakfast and a rich, earthy flavour which perfectly complements the egg… the perfect indulgence on Christmas morning!
Truffled Egg Toast Recipe Serves 2
2 thick slices good-quality white bread (4cm thick) Knob of butter, melted 25g fontina cheese (or gruyère), grated 4 egg yolks Drizzle of black truffle oil Salt & pepper
1. Pre-heat the grill to 180°C.
2. Trim the crusts off the bread and brush the sides with the melted butter.
3. Use a small serrated knife to cut a square well in the centre of each piece of toast. It should be large enough and deep enough to fit two egg yolks.
4. Sprinkle the cheese over the toast, avoiding the square well.
5. Crack two yolks into each well.
6. Place under the grill for 2-4 minutes until the cheese is melted and the toast is golden brown.
7. Drizzle the black truffle oil over the egg yolks, season with salt and pepper and serve.
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