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Is there anything more comforting than the classic English dish Toad in the Hole? Golden baked sausages roasted in a light and crispy giant Yorkshire Pudding. This is one recipe that we all need a foolproof, easy version of, and here’s mine!

Best Toad in the Hole recipe straight out of the oven.

This is the kind of dish that we all loved as children but the pressure to come up with a perfect Yorkshire Pudding recipe can make it feel a bit daunting to attempt as adults.

Well, I am here to tell you that it’s not that difficult, you don’t have to worry about perfection here (NEVER!) and that when you find the best Toad in the Hole recipe – and the simplest – you’ll be making this homemade version over and over again.

That said, one rule I beg you to remember – keep the oven door shut! 😜


Why you’ll love this Toad in the Hole recipe

⭐️ Ultimate traditional comfort food

⭐️ A show-stopper for Sunday lunch

⭐️ Low cost and simple ingredients


Close up of a tray of Toad in the Hole - sausages in Yorkshire Pudding - for a recipe.

About Toad in the Hole

It’s a rite of passage for everyone in the land who loves cooking to perfect Yorkshire Puddings, and indeed Toad in the Hole. So what is this strange dish, I hear non-British people cry? And why on earth is it called Toad in the Hole? 

It is a dish made up of sausages cooked inside a big Yorkshire Pudding, which is usually served with vegetables on the side and onion gravy over the top. We are proud of our humble origins of Yorkshire Puddings, which date back to the 18th century and were a way for the poor to feed their families (they are made up of eggs, flour and milk). 

Adding a little meat meant a whole meal was on offer, so a Toad in the Hole recipe helped to bulk up meals that had meagre meat portions. So, nothing at all to do with toads! Here’s a theory in The Culture Trip as to how that name might have come about.


Ingredients for Toad in the Hole

Ingredients for best Toad in the Hole recipe.
  • Sunflower oil – Olive oil won’t work as well here as it needs to get up to a very high temperature
  • Sausages – As good quality as you can afford and nice plump ones
  • Milk – Semi-skimmed is fine
  • Eggs – Medium sized
  • Plain flour – Regular plain baking flour
  • Salt – I like sea salt

How to make the Toad in the Hole recipe

Sausages reading to be roasted - step 2

1. Preheat the oven, add sausages to oil and coat. Put into cook.

How to make Yorkshire pudding batter for sausages step 2

2. Start the batter by whisking the flour and eggs together.

Toad in the Hole recipe step 3.

3. Add a little liquid at a time to the mixture and whisk into a smooth batter.

Toad in the Hole recipe step 4.

4. Add the batter to the sausages and cook for about 30 minutes until golden.

Hint: Do not open the oven door until the batter has been cooking for at least 25 minutes!


Substitutions

  • Veggie sausages – If you want to make this as a Vegetarian Toad in the Hole, veggies sausages are fine to use. They might need slightly less cooking time, so keep an eye on them and adjust according to the timings on the pack.

Leftovers

This is best eaten immediately if you want the best results (allowing a few minutes for it to be easier to remove from the tin as mentioned below) but you can get ahead by making the batter earlier and refrigerating. You can also brown the sausages first to save time.

If you want to reheat Toad in the Hole, you can do this in the microwave or oven covered up with foil, but it may become soft in the microwave and dry out a little in the oven.

Top tips for making Toad in the Hole

Don’t open the oven door!
This is a well-known fact in Yorkshire Pudding-land. But I repeat: DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR until at least 25 minutes into the cooking time. If you do, your batter will sink. 

Use a tin rather than ceramic dish: 
This will help your batter to rise as it will reach a higher temperature. I actually think this is pretty key to the dish.

Getting your Yorkshires to rise: 
Toad in the Hole needs a hot dish with plenty of oil. Using a metal baking tin and adding the batter quickly is recommended. Also, the dish needs to be large enough so that the batter can creep around the edges (at least 30cm x 25cm ideally).

What to serve with Toad in the Hole?

Toad in the Hole FAQs

How do I make a smooth Yorkshire Pudding batter?

I find using a very small whisk works best if you have one, or an electric whisk. (I recommend this handheld whisk).

Add SOME of the liquid first (in this case I add the eggs first), then mix until it’s a smooth paste, and then add the milk gradually, each time making sure the mixture is smooth before adding more.

How can I stop Toad in the Hole from sticking to the tin?

To prevent the Toad in a Hole from sticking, wait about 5 minutes after cooking before trying to remove it from the tin.

The batter is more likely to lift in one piece instead of trying to hack it out as soon as it’s cooked!

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Toad in the Hole {Foolproof Recipe!}

The comforting classic is pure perfection when the day calls for it – the best Toad in the Hole recipe is all we need to please everyone.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 tbsp Sunflower oil
  • 8 Sausages, About 450g
  • 150 g Plain flour
  • Pinch Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 200 ml Semi-skimmed milk
  • 50 ml Water

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 220c.
  • Add the oil and sausages to an oven proof dish and stir to coat everything with the oil. Place the dish in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk the flour and salt with the eggs until you have a very smooth, very thick paste.
  • Add about a third of the milk, whisk until smooth, add the rest, along with the water and again whisk until totally smooth.
  • Remove the dish from the oven and then pour in the batter around the sausages.
  • Return to the oven and reduce the temperature to 200°C. Cook for 30 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN until at least 25 minutes has passed! Serve immediately when crisp and golden.

Notes

Serve with How about my Simple Onion Gravy recipe?
Oven door: DO NOT OPEN it until at least 25 minutes into the cooking time or the Yorkshire pudding it will sink. 
Tin: Try to use a metal tin rather than ceramic dish as this will affect the cooking temperature. It needs to be large enough so that the batter can rise and creep around the edges (at least 30cm x 25cm ideally).
Add the batter quickly: This will help it to rise.
To serve: Best served with mashed potatoes, onion gravy and vegetables.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 787kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 35gFat: 57gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 249mgSodium: 1153mgPotassium: 577mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 357IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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59 Comments

  1. 2 stars
    Followed the recipe and instructions to the letter but it produced a somewhat flat and heavy batter so won’t be trying it again.

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! Nice and easy. Made it last night – never made one before – it was fantastic and got loads of ooh’s and aah’s when it came out of the oven. We scoffed the whole lot. Also made your onion gravy which I’ll certainly make again. For me, the only thing I would change for next time is to pre-cook the sausages in a pan… they made a total splatter mess of my little airfryer oven. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Sunday well spent with empty plates from my teen and tween eating your toad in the hole recipe served with red onion gravy and veggies. Then finished off with your breakfast muffins as a healthier dessert. Delicious! You’re an absolute lifesaver when it comes to mealtimes!

  4. 5 stars
    It’s was a banger!
    Never had such a good rise on a toad in the hole…. Family happy, empty plate all round!