The perfect family breakfast for weekends at home - and simple too. For extra taste, you could add a blob of ketchup or Daddies sauce on top. And its short preparation time means it works well as a quick after-school tea too.


  • a little butter
  • 1 piece Thick ham
  • 1 large egg
  • 1tbsp grated Gruyère cheese
  • some crusty bread or toast


  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 6. Rub a little butter inside a ramekin. Break up the slice of ham into the bottom. Crack the egg on top, then sprinkle the cheese over. Bake for 12–15 minutes.

    Let it cool slightly and wrap a wet napkin around the outside of the ramekin for the children, in case it is too hot.

  • STEP 2

    Serve straight from the oven for adults with crusty bread, or toast, that can be cut into soldiers, for children.

Roasted parmesan parsnips byFay Ripley

Adapted from Fay’s Family Food by Fay Ripley, published by Michael Joseph