Ultimate toad in the hole

Ultimate toad in the hole

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(88 ratings)

Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Serves 4
An indulgent favourite comes bursting to life in this luxurious recipe - everyone loves a good toad in the hole

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal625
  • fat42g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein30g
  • salt4.08g
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Ingredients

    For the batter

    • 100g plain flour
    • 1 egg
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      Egg

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    • 300ml equal mixture milk and water

    For the toad

    • 8 rashers streaky bacon
    • 8 good-quality pork sausages
    • 1 onion, thinly sliced
      Onion

      Onion

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    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

    For the gravy

    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 onion, thinly sliced
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    • 2 tsp plain flour
    • 2 tsp ready-made English mustard
    • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
    • 600ml chicken or vegetable stock

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to fan 200C/conventional 220C/ gas 7. Sift the flour and a make a well in the centre and crack in the egg. Beat lightly,then gradually pour in half the milk and water, beating all the time to form a smooth,thick batter. Continue for 2 minutes,then stir in the remaining liquid. (The batter can be made several hours ahead of time, although contrary to popular opinion it is not improved by standing.)

    2. Wrap a bacon rasher around each sausage then put them, spaced apart, in a large roasting tin (preferably metal). Scatter over the onion and drizzle with oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the bacon and sausages are starting to colour and the onion is tinged brown at the edges.

    3. Remove from the oven and quickly pour the batter over the sausages. Return to the oven for a further 35-40 minutes until the batter is crisp and well risen.

    4. Meanwhile,make the gravy. Heat the vegetable oil in a small pan, add the onion and fry gently for 5 minutes until softened and lightly coloured. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the mustard, Worcestershire or soy sauce and stock and bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer for 15 minutes, then taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve the toad with cabbage or broccoli and lashings of gravy.

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    whiteflash
    10th Oct, 2011
    BE WARNED,There is too much liquid in this batter mix,you either need to reduce the liquid to 100ml max,or increase the flour and eggs to thicken the mixture,otherwise it will not cook in the middle.
    donovan5813
    26th Feb, 2011
    Inedible wasn't the word for it. Couldn't distinguish between the metal cooking tray and the Yorkshire mix. Didn't see any Bacon but my dogs had 6 sausages they never complained had a liquid dinner instead !!!!!!!!!!!!
    donovan5813
    26th Feb, 2011
    Inedible wasn't the word for it. Couldn't distinguish between the metal cooking tray and the Yorkshire mix. Didn't see any Bacon but my dogs had 6 sausages they never complained had a liquid dinner instead !!!!!!!!!!!!
    cerys2
    11th Jan, 2011
    1.05
    competent cook who likes to update recipes, liked the look of this recipe, concerned about 'soggy bottom', so followed latest updates of other chefs & put dish on gas hob after 10 mins in oven to ensure fat was really hot!! - completely forgetting it was PRYEX - yes it exploded, still not sure how the flying glass missed both my husband, dog & myself. Completely my fault but perhaps the recipe could be flagged accordingly just to remind others
    biospark
    3rd Dec, 2010
    5.05
    Some beef and stout sausages and a bit of sage in the batter with some herbs de provence and this turned out wonderfully. We left out the bacon and replaced it with a healthy dollop of garlic granules. Might be worth noting that my roasting tin's a little wide so it was a shallow batter and cooked really nicely.
    kittykatnat01
    28th Nov, 2010
    5.05
    This is extremely easy and very yummy, it is a firm favourite at my house now
    samtruss1986
    16th Oct, 2010
    Did not raise at all! was just left with a soggy mess and burnt sausages! very disappointed, should have gone with my gut feeling and followed jamie, gordon or delia smith!!! could someone at the BBC please take this recipe and amend it!
    dicksurrey
    7th Oct, 2010
    1.05
    What a disaster, this is the worst recipe ever. I make a "normal" toad in the hole at least once a month, but thought I'd have a go at this "ultimate" version. I followed the recipe to the letter, wondering if the lesser amount of flour had anything to do with the addition of the bacon. In the end the bacon had turned to charcoal, encasing burnt sausages that were stuck in something that looked like drying cement. The gravy was awful too. All in all, I'd give it zero stars. Sorry bbc.
    english-man
    14th Aug, 2010
    2.05
    I've used this recipe a few times now but the batter never seems to rise. Am I doing anything wrong? I use plain flour as suggested in the recipe but should I use self-rising flour?
    lushak
    13th Aug, 2010
    this recipe is lovely, but as with any batter recipe you need to get the fat very hot, when you take it from the oven to add the batter place the pan on a lit gas or electric hob to keep it hot and smoking, then you can add the batter and place it back in the oven, this will aid the cooking of the bottom and stop the sogginess. :) enjoy, i have a few times.

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