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how to make a soft-boiled egg
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Boiled eggs, be they hard or soft, make an excellent breakfast. Truth be told, I like soft-boiled for breakfast and hard-boiled for lunch. There’s an enormous difference: one’s for eating and one’s for dipping. You can’t really peel and eat a soft-boiled egg, it’ll…well, just try for yourself. But put a tarp or something down first.

The classic accompaniment to a soft-boiled egg with its top sliced off is a warm slice of buttered toast cut into sticks, or “soldiers,” as they’re called in the U.K. They fit perfectly into the top opening for a dip in warm, creamy yolk. It’s brilliant.

Without further ado, here’s how to make a soft-boiled egg.