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This must be one of the easiest and most delicious ways to serve eggs for breakfast. You can obviously use different types of ham but using prosciutto, Jamon Iberico, Serrano or Bayonne ham is best for this recipe.

I used Jambon de Bayonne, a salty boneless French ham, named after the southwestern France port city of Bayonne. This ham is still produced according to regulations founded on ancient practices and is still preserved exclusively with inland “mountain salt” found at the base of the Pyrenees mountains. The ham is aged for about 9 to 12 months.

According to a legend in the south of France, the Count of Foix was out hunting wild boar in the 14th century and wounded a boar. The animal escaped. Months later its carcass was found in the hot, salty spring water in the town of Salies-de-Béarn. The meat was apparently preserved and still edible! This discovery of the preservative qualities of salting pork led to a ham production industry in the area that still thrives today.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter
4 eggs
4 slices ham
¼ cup cream
Freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley

Method:

Preheat your oven to 160°C / 325°F
Generously butter 2 large ramekins and place on a baking sheet
Place 2 slices of ham in the base of each dish
Crack 2 eggs in each dish
Divide the cream and pour into each dish
Add some black pepper and salt if desired (but remember the ham is already salty)
Bake until eggs are cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes (depending on how runny you like your yolks)
Sprinkle on some parsley and serve with a crusty baguette
Bon Appetit!