Toad in the hole

Toad in the hole – a golden oldie but a classic!! It’s a guaranteed hit – what’s not to love?! Juicy bangers encased in a festival of Yorkshire pudding.

It’s not remotely diet friendly – but perfect fodder for hungry boys and my husband who’d rowed 21 miles up the Thames!

Toad in the hole


285ml milk
115g plain flour
a pinch of salt
3 eggs

8 large sausages
vegetable oil

  1. Mix the batter ingredients up until you have a smooth liquid. Put to one side – you can do this well in advance if you want to save time.
  2. When you’re ready, fill a large roasting dish with oil 1cm deep, put your oven up really high – we’re talking 240-250’C.
  3. Once it’s reached temperature whack your dish in and once the oil is really really hot take it out and put your sausages in. Be careful of the spitting fat! Return to the oven and cook until lightly golden. It’s a good idea to keep a close eye on them and give them a jiggle so they’re evenly coloured.
  4. Take the dish out and carefully pour your batter all around the sausages – again, be careful of lively oil! Return to the oven for at least 20 minutes and don’t open the door in case your Yorkshire pudding flops – and we can’t have that! It should rise up a treat and turn a lovely dark golden colour.

I was well chuffed with my efforts and everyone vacuumed it down superquick. It’s pretty filling so I just served it up with some steamed green beans. I’d had a challenging day so didn’t bother making any gravy either…  I imagine a bit of onion gravy would go really well!

But this is a great meal with hardly any ingredients or prep work involved and the result is a comforting winter supper that fills you with nostalgia and carbs!!!!


About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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7 Responses to Toad in the hole

  1. Tara says:

    Yum. I was always a bit scared of Toad in the Hole as the school dinner version was so horrid but had a homemade one last year and just loved it! I’m in total winter mode now too. We had sausage, mash and steamed cabbage last night – yuummmm.
    ps I’ve launced my new blog. Couldn’t think of a name so went with my own. very dull – any tips from mrs blog queen are welcome ! in fact i must change it to something else…. i’ve just seen marmite lover and that’s a cool name.

  2. Rosemary Hamilton says:

    Oooooh that sounded good,I’ve just had sausages and ratatouille,nice and warming after my walk for health on a miserable day, weatherwise.

  3. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve been trying to think of alternatives to the usual teatime options. I never had it as a child so perfect opportunity for us all to try it.

  4. I love a toad in the hole, it’s got to be the best name for a recipe ever. Although frog in a basket might work too.

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