So in my attempts to eat healthier, I’ve been “experimenting” with healthy breakfast ideas. I’ve seen, on Pinterest, a bunch of people making hard boiled eggs in the oven and thought I’d give it a try. The end result was a major Pinterest fail, but I didn’t stop there. Check out my two amusing attempts to make oven baked hard boiled eggs!
Attempt #1: How (NOT) to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven:
Here’s the recipe I started with from AllRecipes.com. I preheated my oven to 350º and place an egg in each cup of a muffin tin. (I’m overzealous normally, so I made more than a dozen!) Bake for 30 minutes. Cool in an ice bath for ten minutes and then peel.
But after about 20 minutes I started to smell something funny and heard popping noises coming from the kitchen. The eggs had brown spots all over them and were starting to explode. I was scared to take them out until the 30 minutes in case they would be gooey in the middle, so I hung in there.
The smell of burned eggs is something I’ll never forget.
After peeling them, you can see that most of the eggs were burned and there were hard dark spots where the eggs touched the muffin tins. Parts of the eggs were edible, but parts were not.
My friends and I had a great laugh on Facebook about it and a couple of weeks I boiled my eggs. But…I wasn’t willing to give up yet!
Attempt #2: How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven:
I went on the hunt for some expert advice and found this video on How To Make Oven Eggs from Alton Brown.
Okay…let’s try this again!
I only cooked 8 eggs this time, so that I didn’t waste so many if it was a bust. The recipe says to place the eggs on a wet towel placed on the oven rack in a cold oven. Set the oven temperature to 320º and bake for 30 minutes.
I wet a towel and placed it on an oven rack. My rack wires are farther apart than Alton Brown’s were, but I found that if I placed my extra large eggs sideways they fit. (I might try it again with a baking rack on top of the oven rack next time, if I have smaller eggs.)
When I opened the oven after the timer went off, I was a bit bummed. The eggs had brown spots on them again and one egg had cracked.
I followed Alton Brown’s advice, picked up the corners of the towel which were warm, but not too hot, and put the eggs in a pan in the sink. The towel was scorched, so I definitely would not use a good towel for baking eggs. (Maybe I should have used a thicker towel that would have absorbed more water?)
The water washed the brown spots away.
The one egg that cracked in the oven had some brown on the inside of the shell, but the egg looked okay. It was a little darker than the others, but it tasted fine!
The yolks were bright, the eggs were done and tender. I did have a couple of eggs that didn’t peel nicely, which Alton says is more common in baked eggs than boiled eggs. Overall, I’d call Alton Brown’s Oven Baked Eggs Recipe a success!
I’ll definitely be using Alton Brown’s Baked Eggs method in the future, and I’m glad my second “hard boiled eggs in the oven” experiment didn’t leave this baked eggs idea scrambled!