Toad in the Hole

Serves 2-3, Cooking time 1 hour

Follow our recipe to cook a magnificent toad in the hole for a comforting dinner accompanied with lashings of gravy and your favourite vegetables.


  • 115g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 egg 
  • 285ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 pork sausages (alternatively you can use vegetarian sausages for a meat-free meal)


  1. First, grill the sausages until lightly browned (they will cook more in the oven), then slice them into 16 pieces and set aside.
  2. Choose a dish about 15cm diameter to cook the toad in. Put it into the oven with the oil to preheat while you mix the batter. Set the temperature at 200 degrees C, gas mark 7.
  3. Beat the egg and set it aside. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Add the egg and half of the milk, and whisk the flour in from the sides to incorporate it slowly. Whisk until the batter is smooth and starting to bubble at the top. Pour in the remaining milk and whisk again until it’s frothy.
  4. Take the dish from the oven using oven gloves and pour in the batter – it will sizzle. Drop in the sausage pieces, pushing them with a fork to submerge them in the batter.
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out cleanly. Serve with gravy and your favourite vegetables.

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