Toad in the hole in 4 easy steps

Toad in the hole in 4 easy steps

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(97 ratings)


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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins

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Serves 4

A British classic. Meaty sausages enveloped in crispy batter, plus, a special onion gravy to really top it off. We think it's better than mum's!

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  • Easily doubled / halved
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  1. Make the batter: Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Tip flour into the large mixing bowl and stir in the mustard powder with a good pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre, crack in the egg, then pour in a dribble of milk. Stir with a wooden spoon, gradually incorporating some of the flour, until you have a smooth batter in the well. Now add a bit more milk and continue stirring until all the milk and flour has been mixed together.
  2. The batter is ready: You should now have a smooth, lump-free batter that is the consistency of double cream. Tip it back into the jug you measured your milk in, for easier pouring later on, then stir in the thyme. Use scissors to snip the links between your sausages, then drop them into a 20 x 30cm roasting tin. Add 1 tbsp of the oil, tossing the sausages in it to thoroughly coat the base of the tin, then roast in the oven for 15 mins.
  3. Cook the batter: Take the hot tray from the oven, then quickly pour in the batter – it should sizzle and bubble a little when it first hits the hot fat. Put it back into the oven, then bake for 40 mins until the batter is cooked through, well risen and crisp. If you poke the tip of a knife into the batter in the middle of the tray it should be set, not sticky or runny.
  4. Make the gravy: Soften the onions with the remaining oil in a large nonstick frying pan for about 20 mins, stirring often, until they are golden brown. Sprinkle in the sugar for the final 5 mins. Add the spoonful of flour, then cook, constantly stirring, for 2 mins, so it coats the onions and there is no dry flour left. Gradually pour in the stock, stirring well to make a smooth sauce. Bubble for 4-5 mins to thicken, then season. Cut the toad in the hole into large wedges and serve with the gravy spooned over.
  5. EQUIPMENT: Large mixing bowl, measuring spoons, wooden spoon, measuring jug, scissors, 20 x 30cm shallow roasting tin, timer, knife, chopping board, large non-stick frying pan

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2008

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ellendenise91's picture
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Terrible, cooked on top and raw underneath.

sj392's picture

Just made this and threw it in the bin. The batter was burnt on top and raw inside. Don't use this recipe

clairegrimstead's picture

The timings and temperature I think need revising. I had to cover half way through with foil! Half was welded on but the other half was surprisingly edible!

chip5850's picture

I made the batter in a blender and the recipe turned out really well, tasty!

hippygirljb's picture

This isn't as bad as everyone is saying it is! For a midweek meal, the recipe works well - as advised, i boosted the oven to 220 degrees when i first put the batter in for ten minutes before reducing it again. I should have used a smaller dish but it didn't burn or come out raw - tasted just fine!

RachiD76's picture

A really flat batter none of the wow factor I get from my Jamie Oliver recipe! That said we ate the whole thing and gravy was lovely so every cloud! Just don't make it for special guests you'll be gutted!

taffydog's picture

Did people actually read the recipe and roast the sausage for 15 mins before adding batter. Don't see how a sausage can be in the in the oven on gas 7 for a total of 55mins and come out raw

missfrancesc's picture
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This was AWFUL! Worst toad in the hole I have ever made. And I would seriously recommend removing this from your website. The batter was burnt on top and completely raw in the middle and soggy on the bottom. It also didn't rise at all. Also, the sausages were pink in the middle and so I had to put the whole lot back in the oven to cook them through. Disaster.

samsplaceuk's picture
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This recipe has never been tried by the author, the milk quantity quoted is double what you need, and how do you fry onions for 20 minutes to get them golden brown without burning them?
the mustard idea in the batter is good, but these recipes need to be checked otherwise a waste of good food

taffydog's picture

You should try it before commenting. Slow softening of onions is easy use a very low heat and if you can't get you heat low enough use a wok trivet or a diffuser to disperse heat. Recipes such as French Onion soup require onions to be softened for several hours.
Although the batter quantities are unusual it does work

charlalyssia's picture
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Absolutely delicious, make sure you use a deeper and smaller dish than the one shown in the picture. The batter should cover almost the whole sausage with just the top peeking through.
Also, I cooked for a further 15 minutes with foil on top to stop the batter catching and to make sure my sausages were cooked through.

jule955's picture

no idea what the actual toad in the hole is like, as after reading the comments here I decided to use another recipe. However, I used the onion gravy recipe. It was absolutely delicious, and it's going to become my go-to recipe for gravy!

satsumayum's picture

This was AWFUL. The batter didn't at all rise and it was brown and not pleasant and we followed the recipe to the letter. Really wouldn't recommend.

cdacn1's picture

I made this tonight and had already made the batter before reading everyone's comments so feared i had made an error! Anyway, I carried on but made sure I turned the sausages half way through their initial cook. Then added the batter cooked at 220 (non fan) for 10 mins or so, then turned oven down to 200 for the remaining time. The result was good and very yummy, crispy outer batter with soft but fully cooked middle.

mandyslade1983's picture

Seriously shouldn't have trusted 4 stars without reading the comments.

I am dishing up half and half sausages (burnt on top soft on bottom), batter that is burnt top and bottom and raw in the middle that hasn't risen and I gave up on the gravy!

Not worth cooking at all!

barleypip's picture
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Made half the quantity to serve 2 used 1 egg and had Waitrose pork and leek sausages instead of plain ones. They were fabulous! The batter was cooked through and was as light as a feather, it was the best toad we have ever had! We cannot comment on the onion gravy as we didn't do it.
Will be recommending this recipe..

Peaches1st's picture

Wish I'd read the comments before embarking on this recipe! My batter cooked through but hardly rose at all and the underside was too greasy for my liking. Sausages were overdone. And unfortunately I managed to mess up the onion gravy as the recipe doesn't state how much flour to add! Does a "spoonful" mean a teaspoon, dessertspoon or tablespoon?! Clearly I'm no expert at making my own gravy. Disappointing.

radeth's picture

This recipe won't work properly as no beef dripping is used; there aren't enough eggs (should be at least 3); too much milk is included, use only enough to make the batter the consistency of single cream; you never cook sausages in the same tin as you would use for puddings, cook them separately and place into the batter; pudding tins should never be washed and only contain dripping, mixed fats make the puddings drop; to make a seasoned pudding, add herbs to the top of the batter once poured into the tin, never to the mixture itself; and lastly Yorkshire Puddings should be thick, set and golden brown but not crispy & light. The whole point is to fill the diner up before the meat course (because there wasn't a lot of meat to eat!).
These recipes made up by 'professional chefs' leave a lot to be desired - they should consult the old grannies of Yorkshire before they put pen to paper!

hrm60752's picture

I'm not a great cook so I always look for quite simple recipes to follow. Regardless of how simple this is to put together, following it word for word my batter was burnt on top with 5 minutes to go and barely cooked inside. A really disappointing meal to put out on the table.

churmie's picture

Followed to the letter and Yorkshire did not set as a lot of people have commented. Think the recipe gets the stars for the gravy, because it couldn't get it for anything else...