Hearty Dinners/ Pork

Classic Toad in the Hole

April 2, 2018 (Last Updated: February 27, 2019)

This Easy Toad in the Hole Recipe is an absolute British classic. There’s just a few tips and tricks note before you get started, but after seeing how easy this recipe is to make, I guarantee it will become one of your families regular dinners! 

For those of you who don’t know what toad in the hole is, it’s a traditional British dish consisting of sausages baked in a Yorkshire pudding batter. For those now wondering what the heck Yorkshire puddings are, just know they are a necessary part of all roast dinners. A way of life if you will.

For the British comfort food connoisseurs among us and those just intrigued to know why I’d ever want to eat something that contains the word ‘toad’, follow me, because this classic toad in the hole recipe is a force to be reckoned with.

Easy Toad in the Hole with Dijon Mash Potato and Red Wine Onion Gravy

Toad in the Hole Batter

When I tell you making a toad in the hole batter is easy, I really do mean it. I’ve been making Yorkshire puddings for as long as I can remember and follow one simple rule that offers the perfect batter consistency every single time.

You ready for it?

1 cup of flour | 1 cup of eggs | 1 cup of milk.

That’s seriously it. And this works across the board with any amount, as long as all 3 ingredients are the same. Heck, use a vase of flour if you feel the need, as long as you follow it with a vase of milk and a vase of eggs.

From there it’s as easy as mixing in the eggs to the flour and forming a thick (lump free) paste. After that just gradually whisk in the milk and you’ve got perfect toad in the hole batter ready to go.

Did I mention this was an easy toad in the hole recipe?

Okay good.

Easy Toad in the Hole Process Shots - how to make yorkshire pudding mix

3 Tips for a Perfect Toad in the Hole

1. Resting the Batter

For a long time I made toad in the hole without resting the batter, but after making the swap to resting the batter (the longer the better) I came to realise the effect is huge. Not only does resting allow the batter to rise a heck of a lot more, it provides more of that traditional toasty Yorkshire pudding texture, in comparison to a thick pancake.

2. Oil

There needs to be oil in the dish before you pour in the batter and the oil needs to be piping hot! You know, the kind where you’re dodging the oil as it violently spits at you? Yeah, that hot. In order to get oil that hot, for heavens sake don’t use olive oil, it can’t take the heat. For this recipe I find either sunflower or vegetable oil will do the trick.

3. Keep the door shut 

There’s nothing more disappointing than prematurely opening the oven door and watching your toad in the hole batter drastically sink before your eyes. Yep, I’ve been there. If you’ve got a glass oven door then perfect, if not you’re going to have to have faith and only open the door when the time is up.

Keep these tips in mind and the recipe is fool proof!

Easy Toad in the Hole Process Shot - how to make toad in the hole

How to make Toad in the Hole

  1. Roast your sausages in a little oil until they just begin to brown and the oil is piping hot.
  2. Take out the dish and flip the sausages.
  3. Pour in your batter.
  4. Add some rosemary and pop bake in the oven.

For me, a toad in the hole makes the perfect dinner because it’s convenient. Sure, it takes a little time to rest and cook, but when it requires just 4 main ingredients and comfortably feeds a family of 4, you really can’t go wrong.

That and there’s literally no skill involved.

Before I started making Yorkshire puddings and toad in the hole, the thought of making a batter kind of freaked me out. But hopefully if you’ve made it this far you’ve realised just how simple it is!

All in all this toad in the hole recipe is the perfect dinner for you and your family. Pair it with your fav veg or if you’re like me, a bucket of creamy dijon mash! Just one rule – there must be gravy.

Anywho, let’s tuck in shall we?

Easy Toad in the Hole with Gravy ready to pour

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How to make an Easy Toad in the Hole (Full Recipe & Video)

Easy Toad in the Hole plated with mash

Easy Toad in the Hole

This Easy Toad in the Hole Recipe is an absolute British classic. There's just a few tips and tricks note before you get started, but after seeing how easy this recipe is to make, I guarantee it will become one of your families regular dinners!
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Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4
Calories: 665kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 8-10 Pork Sausages
  • 2 tbsp Oil (vegetable or sunflower)
  • few sprigs of Rosemary


  • 1 cup / 128g Plain Flour
  • 1 cup / 250ml Milk
  • 4 Eggs, beaten
  • Salt & Black Pepper


  • Start with your batter. Grab a suitably sized bowl, pour in your flour and make a small well. Pour in your eggs, then whisk until smooth. Gradually pour in your milk, whisking in between to ensure all lumps are smoothed out. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, give it a final whisk, then cover and set aside for 30 minutes up until in the fridge overnight.
  • Place your sausages in a suitably sized pan with 2 tbsp of oil. Pop in the oven at 220c/430f for 10-12 minutes until they begin to brown on the top and the oil is piping hot.
  • Take out of the oven and flip the sausages. Pour in your batter mixture and chuck a few sprigs of rosemary over the top. Be careful the oil doesn't spit back at you. Place back in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Do not open the door before 25 minutes otherwise the batter may collapse.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Oil - it's important to use an oil with a high smoking point, so olive oil is definitely not suitable for this recipe. It's crucial to make sure the oil is piping hot before you pour in the batter, so act quick once you get it out the oven. If your baking dish is suitable then place it on the hob whilst you're flipping the sausages and pouring in the batter to keep the oil hot.
b) Resting Time - You can go straight ahead and use the batter without letting it rest, but it won't rise and will have less of a 'toastier' taste to it. Essentially the longer you rest the batter the better, I've just put 30 mins as minimum.
c) Oven Dish Size - The dish I use which fits 8-9 sausages is 10" x 8" and 2" deep. This works absolutely perfectly. In cm that's 25 x 20 x 5.
d) Calories - using sunflower oil, 9 medium pork Cumberland sausages, whole milk, medium eggs and no gravy. Based on a division of 4.


Nutrition Facts
Easy Toad in the Hole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 665 Calories from Fat 398
% Daily Value*
Fat 44.2g68%
Saturated Fat 13.9g70%
Trans Fat 0.14g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 20.9g
Cholesterol 234mg78%
Sodium 1447mg60%
Potassium 517mg15%
Carbohydrates 32.4g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4.3g5%
Protein 32.3g65%
Vitamin A 750IU15%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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Be sure to check out my Red Wine Onion Gravy recipe to complete your Toad in the Hole!

Red Wine Onion Gravy in jug

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  • Reply
    June 9, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    4 stars
    My family recently visited England and while in Oxford visited the famous Eagle & Child pub, where the ‘Inklings’ club met (consisting of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and other notable authors) and while there I had the English classic dish of ‘Toad-In-The-Hole. I loved it! When I got e I wanted to try making this myself, but was a bit intimidated, as I’d never made Yorshire Pudding in my life. Well, I found this recipe, tried it and to my delight it tasted exactly the same as the dish I loved in Oxford! I even made your Red Wine Onion Gravy (& mashed potatoes) to go with it. My family liked it too. Success! Thank you so much for sharing! I will be making this again and again.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 10, 2019 at 10:58 am

      That’s so awesome to hear Liz! So glad it brought back some great memories for you. Thanks for popping back and leaving your feedback! 🙂

  • Reply
    April 7, 2018 at 11:49 am

    This is one of my all time favourites, but I’ve not made it for years. You’ve inspired me to make one this weekend. For me though it has to be with Lincolnshire sausages.

    • Reply
      April 7, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Oh my goodness now I need some Lincolnshire sausages in my face!!

  • Reply
    Mary Ebosh
    April 3, 2018 at 3:58 am

    5 stars
    How do you make the mashed potatoes , sounds like a perfect side dish for Toad in a hole.

    • Reply
      April 3, 2018 at 11:10 am

      I’ve been meaning to put a recipe up for a while, it’s still in the pipeline when I get a sec! However if you’re feeling adventurous, all I do is peel, boil and mash some white potatoes (usually Maris Piper or Russet) then add a couple knobs of butter, heaps of salt and pepper, then thin it out to desired texture with milk (or cream if I’m feeling wild). Then stir in some Dijon mustard to taste. I find as little as 1/2 tsp for 1kg/2.2lbs of potatoes gives a nice little buzz. But completely down to preference! Sorry it’s vague, hope this helps!

    • Reply
      Tina V.
      June 4, 2019 at 7:40 am

      Hey Chris! I made this today but I think it didn’t rise up to how yours did. I tried to follow all steps, but not sure what happened lol! I wonder if I could send the picture so you could see 🙂

      • Reply
        June 4, 2019 at 4:49 pm

        Of course! Just use the contact form on the top bar and I’ll be happy to try and troubleshoot 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    April 3, 2018 at 12:53 am

    5 stars
    This looks WAY better than the boring version we make here! My kids are going to love this!

    • Reply
      April 3, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Ah amazing! Enjoy, Lisa! 🙂

  • Reply
    Hayley | The Simple Supper
    April 3, 2018 at 12:11 am

    5 stars
    I sadly do not have a window on my oven. But I will have faith that you are the expert and that this Toad in a Hole will turn out just as good as you make it sound. Can’t wait to try this out!

    • Reply
      April 3, 2018 at 10:57 am

      It’s a tense 25 minutes, but I’m confident you’ll get the toad in the hole you came for!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jenni LeBaron
    April 2, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    This looks super tasty! I could see eating it for both breakfast with eggs and dinner with potatoes, as suggested. What a great dish!

    • Reply
      April 3, 2018 at 10:56 am

      What an amazing idea for breakfast! I think you’ve just changed my life..

  • Reply
    April 2, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never seen this before and now I totally want it! It’s like all of my comfort foods wrapped up in one! Thanks for the recipe inspiration 🙂

    • Reply
      April 2, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      You’re so more than welcome! It’s like my ultimate favourite comfort food for sure!! 🙂

  • Reply
    April 2, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    5 stars
    I always thought toad in a hole was a piece of bread with an egg in the middle. This is soooo much better!!! I need to make this now!

    • Reply
      April 2, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      You gotta! Beats toast with egg x1000000 ! 🙂

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