Toad in the hole in 4 easy steps

Toad in the hole in 4 easy steps

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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!

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
520
protein
25g
carbs
37g
fat
31g
saturates
9g
fibre
2g
sugar
11g
salt
2.22g

Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour
  • ½ tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • 3 thyme sprigs, leaves only
  • 8 plain pork sausages
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 500ml beef stock

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Method

  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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josephina86's picture
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I'm not sure what went wrong with mine, I used wholemeal flour and increased the quantities as I had a bigger pan, and my batter didn't really rise in the middle very well! I did it at the right temperature for 40 minutes, maybe I should have left it in longer. It still tasted nice though, will try again with normal flour. I have succeeded before, just apparently a fail on my part!

asm123's picture

ILOVE sausages but im allergic to tinned sausages so thank god for that.......p.s i used richmands and when i put them in my mouth they were hot so i had to spit it out and it went in my girl friends eye wooooops what a shame never mind we got a devorce! xxxxxxxx

asm123's picture

ILOVE sausages but im allergic to tinned sausages so thank god for that.......p.s i used richmands and when i put them in my mouth they were hot so i had to spit it out and it went in my girl friends eye wooooops what a shame never mind we got a devorce! xxxxxxxx

teaparty21's picture
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What a brilliant recipe - really easy to cook and turned out perfectly. I used dried thyme instead of the sprigs and it still tasted wonderful. Served it with mash and roasted carrots, beautiful!

jennena's picture
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This was my first attempt at toad in the hole and it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself, and the gravy was amazing! I'l definitely be attempting this again!

bbobsblum's picture
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Delicious, very easy, my Daughters loved helping with this one. I've never had much luck with toad in the hole but this was great. A really good weeknight family meal, a hit with everyone.

kategoudy's picture
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This was my first attempt at a toad in the hole - let's just say that my husband was not disappointed! It's relatively easy to make - batter a little difficult to get perfect so cheated and used a sieve at the end. Also had to give the dish another 5 mins cooking time to make sure the batter was properly cooked. A traditional winner and the gravy was a great accompaniment!

yummymummy31's picture
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Beautiful! I used double the mixture as it didn't look enough in my roasting tin. I also used 12 sausages (cumberland). Very good recipe and much better than the last one, which was a disaster!

Will definately make again and again!

kerryatter's picture

Fantastic recipe! I've never really been a fan of toad in the hole but thought I'd give it a go for my kids and it was delicious! I didn't gave any mustard powder and didn't bother with the herbs, just adding a little salt & pepper.

Next time I'll try the onion gravy (I usually make red wine gravy).

toyotasmith's picture
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Made this last night for me and my boyfriend. Had this with roasted carrots and potato with garlic. I didn't think I'd like the onion gravy but I stuck with it and it was really nice with everything else. Thank you Good Food for really getting me into this cooking thing.

xchelseax's picture
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easy to make but realy nice mmmmm x

natalie30's picture
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Delicious recipe! I agree that it only needs about 25-30 minutes in the oven. I added some cooked red onion into the tin with the sausages and batter and it was great! Hubby and son loved it so will definitely be making it again

teesee's picture
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Simple, cheap and tasty... Used cumberland sausages.

jadegroves's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous and the gravy was a huge success- I made it with red onions and it worked a treat!

thevilraggydoll's picture
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Scrumptious! Used dried Thyme as the supermarket was out and it still tasted lovely.

A very affordable dinner, uses items I already have at home, only had to buy sausages, so in essence, dinner for 2 very greedy piggys for £2 : )

martinglov's picture
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lovely. Did mine with peas. Really liked the fresh thyme in the batter

natforlashes's picture
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I just made this for my mum and step dad, I am 23 and until now I had never made Yorkshire pudding or gravy from scratch! My Yorkshire rose beautifully, my gravy was outstanding. I had no beef stock so I used a mixture of chicken and vegetable stock, I also added some red wine, Worcester sauce and mushroom ketchup for flavour. I served it with roast parsnips, carrots and potatoes. Highly recommended!

crazylady5zoeb's picture
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Very nice. But a bit soggy and rich. Not too keen on this.

food-diva's picture
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This was the best toad in the hole I have ever made. I have to agree with the posters regarding the onion gravy, absolutely delicious.

pelupi's picture
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Made my 21 yr old son who is a clutz in the kitchen make it. Perfect first time. Excellent and he even managed a lump free gravy with this recipe!

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