Golden baked toad-in-the-hole in large rectangular dish

Sam's toad-in-the-hole

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(222 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4

Serve this comforting classic made with chipolata sausages and a simple batter – it’s easy enough that kids can help make it.

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal472
  • fat29g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein19g
  • salt2.34g
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  • 12 chipolatas
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

For the batter

  • 140g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs



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  • 175ml semi-skimmed milk


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

  2. Put the 12 chipolatas in a 20 x 30cm roasting tin with 1 tbsp sunflower oil, then bake for 15 mins until browned.

  3. Meanwhile, make up the batter mix. Tip 140g plain flour into a bowl with ½ tsp salt, make a well in the middle and crack 2 eggs into it.

  4. Use an electric whisk to mix it together, then slowly add 175ml semi-skimmed milk, whisking all the time. Leave to stand until the sausages are nice and brown.

  5. Remove the sausages from the oven – be careful because the fat will be sizzling hot – but if it isn’t, put the tin on the hob for a few mins until it is.

  6. Pour in the batter mix, transfer to the top shelf of the oven, then cook for 25-30 mins, until risen and golden.

  7. Serve with gravy and your favourite veg.

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11th Feb, 2017
Very simple and delicious. I preferred to fry sausages first, heat oil in the baking dish, add fried sausages and batter mix. That way is much lighter, rises very well. Also if you add a tea spoon of dry mustard and fresh thyme to your batter mix it makes it that much more interesting.
12th Jan, 2017
Great recipe! Always a winner. I usually get some big sausages from the local butchers and they slice them in half for me to make the chipolatas. Great with roasts and broccoli.
11th Jan, 2017
Doesn't rise very well.
3rd May, 2017
Mine did!
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6th Dec, 2016
Really enjoyed this recipe; mine didn't rise particularly well but i'm new to cooking and using a new oven, so not a bad result! I used packet gravy but caramelize some shallots to add a bit extra. Very nice.
28th Oct, 2016
First time I've ever attempted toad in the hole. In fact this is the first time I've cooked a real meal from scratch and recipe was spot on! Thank you so much. Got a lot of kudos in my house :)
27th Oct, 2016
I've tried so many recipes (including from the Guardian 'Perfect...' series). It does what you want. You can still play with it, add herbs, merguez, but time the cooking and you get a true 'toad' batter.
Ryan Christophe...
18th Oct, 2016
Easy Peasy recipe. I used four egg yolks for a richer batter though!
13th Oct, 2016
Great dish. Very easy and turned out great.
3rd Oct, 2016
Cannot fail with this recipe. I've done it about four times with no problems. Used SR flour this time as no plain left, turned out even better.


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