Tefal Toast N Egg
It is 35x16x19cm. All the controls are on the front these consist of the normal vertical push arm to insert the toast and a horizontal slider to decide how dark you want your toast. To the right in a compass like arrangement are four push buttons. South is cancel, west is toast, north is toast and egg and east is egg.
The power lead comes from under the unit it is a tab under one metre long and maybe it could be just that bit longer.
I found the toaster took 195seconds to give a nice mid brown crunchy finish to thick bread. In my tests around this time also gave a good solid white and soft yolk finish to the egg.
The toaster part is fairly standard however when compared to my own toaster I found that the Tefal Toast N' Egg could take thicker slices up to 3cm doorsteps.
The difference is on the right end a 12cm round 2cm deep metal dish on which you put an amount of water, on top of this a 4cm deep ring with holes in it's bottom fits, into this a fairly normal non stick single egg poacher fits, on top of this a slightly indented plastic plate with holes around 1.5cm above the poacher and then a domed clear plastic lid fits above this. This lid has a single hole in it's centre to let some of the steam escape.
All but the round metal dish at the base have a 4x3.5cm round handle that each of the subsequent items fit into meaning the top four parts can be lifted out together.
A small clear plastic measure marked in several places shows the amount of water to insert for how soft/hard you want your egg. However during my tests I normally pressed the south (cancel) button while there was still some water left as the egg was done to my liking.
I think you will need to practice a lot to get exactly the correct amount of water as not only is the freshness of the egg variable so is the egg size.
During my tests I found the poacher unit was big enough to crack two medium eggs into however this really meant the timings increased substantially as when I compared the egg poacher to a conventional one it is somewhat wider (this of course decreases the cooking time required) when you place the second egg this fills it nearly to the top and the cooking time is vastly increased.
I think this unit could be ideal for the single person as a single egg is nicely cooked in only a few seconds longer than the toast. Just giving time to coat the toast with butter or marge. I found that either a very thin coating of fat or a few drops of water in the egg poacher stopped the annoying ting flecks of egg sticking to the sides.
To remove any excess water in the bottom of the container either required a cloth to wipe it out or you needed to tip the whole unit up over the sink as the bottom tray is fixed in place.
Should you prefer boiled eggs then you can remove the egg poacher and them stand these in the holes in the first tray above the metal unit, it could should you wish fit four eggs in.
Doing my Internet searches found the Tefal Toast N' Egg at a best price of £34.95 including free delivery from the first link below.
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Comment by paul_smart, Nov 13, 2008 6:53