Potato Cake Surprise

My uncle sometimes messages me some very tempting recipe videos from ChefClub. The only difficulty is that they are always in french, have no quantities or written directions, so I have to use guesswork. I’ve adapted this from one called Beignets de pomme de terre surprise. Also I’ve chosen to cook mine in the oven rather than deep frying.

Potato Cake Surprise

Potato Cake Surprise

Ingredients (makes 6)

800g potatoes
3 rashers of bacon
100g cheddar cheese
2tbsp plain flour
6 eggs
2 slices of stale bread
pinch of salt and pepper
pinch of mixed herbs


Preheat fan oven to 180 degree C.
Line a rectangular baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Peel and chop the potatoes.
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil.
Add the potatoes and cook for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile grill the bacon.
Grate the cheese.
Tear the bread into small pieces.
Using an electric blender, whizz the bread into breadcrumbs.
Cut the bacon into small pieces.
Drain and mash the potatoes.
Mix in the cheese and bacon.
Season with salt, pepper and mixed herbs.
Spread the mash out on the lined baking tray, flattening and pressing into corners.
Put mash in fridge for an hour.
Lift the mash and paper out of tray onto a chopping board, retaining the paper underneath.
Meanwhile grease the baking tray.
Using a circular cutter, cut out 6 circles for the lids.
Reform the remaining mash into a smaller thicker block on the paper and cut out 6 more circles for the bases.
Position the cutter around a base and then press an egg cup down in the middle of the base, to form a cavity.
Repeat for the other 5 bases.
Separate the first egg and place the yolk in a cavity.
Repeat for the other 5 eggs, reserving 3 egg whites for later, (The other egg whites are not required, so can be used in a different recipe).
Put the lids onto the bases.
Spread the flour on a chopping board.
Beat the 3 egg whites in a shallow dish.
Tip the breadcrumbs into a second shallow dish.
Coat the first Potato Cake Surprise fully in flour.
Then coat in egg white.
Finally coat in breadcrumbs.
Place on the baking tray.
Repeat the coating process, for the other 5.
Bake in preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, so that yolk is still runny.
Serve with your choice of vegetables.

Potato Cake Surprise

Potato Cake Surprise

Doesn’t that look so tempting once you cut into it, with the surprise egg yolk oozing out. And it tasted delicious too.

I’d love to hear about your ideas of recipes with a mystery surprise element.

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12 thoughts on “Potato Cake Surprise

  1. William Gould

    Wow! These look great! I will be saving this and trying it sometime, probably when I have some potatoes and egg that need using up! Should be better than egg and chips!



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