Mrs. Charles Darwin's Buttered Eggs

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Recipe for Mrs. Charles Darwin's Buttered Eggs, a historic recipe from the beloved wife of Charles Darwin.


  • For each egg:
  • 1/4 ounce butter
  • 1 tablespoon double cream
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a bowl beat the eggs until well blended. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a heavy pan heat the butter and cream, over gentle heat, until the butter has melted and the mixture begins to bubble. Pour in the beaten eggs and, stirring gently, cook until you have the consistency you like. Serve at once on slices of buttered toast.
  3. Postscript
  4. Looking into when ‘buttered’ became ‘scrambled’ revealed that the former also refers to a method of preserving eggs for use in the winter months when hens go ‘off lay’. The new-laid egg is coated in butter while still warm. As the egg cools the butter, having been absorbed into the porous shell, solidifies and forms an air-tight barrier. Carefully stored these eggs then kept for several months!