Golden toad-in-the-hole on a wire rack

Toad-in-the-hole in 4 easy steps

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(143 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins - 50 mins


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

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal520
  • fat31g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre2g
  • protein25g
  • salt2.22g
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  • 210g plain flour, plus a spoonful
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 400ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 4 thyme sprigs, leaves only


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 8 plain pork sausages
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

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

  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 500ml beef stock


  1. Make the batter: Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 7. Tip 210g plain flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in 1 tsp English mustard powder with a good pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre, crack in 4 eggs, then pour in a little from 400ml milk. Whisk the mixture, 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. Stir in the leaves from 4 thyme sprigs, then tip the batter back into the jug you measured your milk in, for easier pouring later on. Use scissors to snip the links between 8 plain pork sausages, then drop them into a 20 x 30cm roasting tin. Add 1 tbsp sunflower 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. Check it after 40 minutes, cover loosely with foil if it is browning too much. 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 2 sliced onions with 1 tbsp sunflower oil in a large non-stick frying pan for about 20 mins, stirring often, until they are golden brown. Sprinkle in 1 tsp soft brown sugar for the final 5 mins. Add a spoonful of plain flour, then cook, constantly stirring, for 2 mins, so it coats the onions and there is no dry flour left. Gradually pour in 500ml beef 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.

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24th Nov, 2015
I took a chance having read the previous comments but have to say that for me this recipe was a great success. I didn't ignore the comments altogether though and made small adjustments in that I used a 9 inch square tin and roasted the sausages (4 x M&S Posh Dogs which fitted nicely in the tin) for only 5 minutes before adding the batter and cooking for 40 minutes, i.e. 45 minutes in total. It was cooked to perfection. The gravy was nice too although I didn't use as much as 500 ml of stock, just one Oxo cube and as much water as needed to reach the consistency we like. I will reduce the sugar to half a teaspoonful next time as my husband commented it was a bit sweet. I will certainly use this recipe again.
11th Oct, 2015
Wish I had also read these comments before! It was completely burnt and disappointing. Do not use this recipe.
19th Sep, 2015
I read the comments before trying this recipe, and trawled through others too I find it turned out well, but I only used 200ml milk, and also pre-cooked the sausages for only 7 - 8 mins. I used 30 mins for the final cook and no problems, sausages not overcooked, yorkshire pud not burnt and cooked through properly. Gravy also very nice - will make again.
17th Aug, 2015
Wow. Obviously a bunch of less than capable ovens being used to bake this. Perfect every time and have shared the batter recipe with loads of people as it gets rave reviews
10th Aug, 2015
DISGUSTING DISGUSTING DISGUSTING!!! I saw the comments before hand but stupidly thought I could make it work and that everyone must be incompetent but how wrong was I!!! This recipe is just awful!!! I have made toad in the hole many times but this is by far the worst!!! Burnt bottom, burnt top, soggy uncooked middle! HORRIBLE! If you want to eat dinner then don't make this! I wouldn't feed it to my dog!! So disappointed with bbcgoodfood! I normally love their recipes but this is one of the worst! Glad I had take away menus to hand!! AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!
26th Apr, 2015
Argh! Wish I'd read the comments first. Same problems as other reviewers: soggy yet burned on the bottom, overdone sausages. The batter just does not rise. Someone should fix this recipe!
10th Apr, 2015
Agh, disaster, I had similar problems to everybody else. The batter is not cooked and has not risen, and my sausages are over cooked. I also trusted this recipe as it was on this site, but also wish I had read the reviews first. I have made toad in the hole several times before and this has never happened - I figured it was a standard recipe! Our dinner is ruined and i've got no time to fix it or anything else before childrens bedtime and a night shift! I made an account JUST to rate this recipe 1 star. This should be removed.
27th Feb, 2015
Tried this tonight, worked perfectly... I did put about 10ml less milk in though amazing recipe :)
26th Feb, 2015
Just wish I had read the comments before making this. Awful!
12th Feb, 2015
As a new cook... I thought this site would be fail safe I wish I had read the comments before I tried this recipe, I carefully followed it to the letter... I'm like that! It was a disaster, batter nearly burned on top with a soggy bottom, nearly burnt sausages, BBC good food I suggest you re-visit this recipe and find out what is wrong with it!


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