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!
Toad in the Hole
First things first, just for those wondering why they’d ever want to eat something that contains the word ‘toad’ –
What is Toad in the Hole?
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.
EASY Toad in the Hole!
So, what makes this Toad in the Hole so easy then? Good question. Toad in the Hole is already a very easy recipe, but here’s why this recipe is specifially easy:
- Batter – 3 ingredients and the easiest measurements imaginable!
- Few Ingredients – Most of which are pantry staples.
- Make Ahead – You can make half of this ahead of time, and I’ll actually tell you why this is beneficial to do so!
Okay, let’s talk batter!
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. Did I mention this was an easy toad in the hole recipe? Okay good.
Do I have to rest Toad in the Hole 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.
How long to rest Toad in the Hole Batter?
30 minutes great, overnight even better. In all cases the batter needs to be COLD. Cold batter causes a reaction with hot oil and kicks off the rising process.
How to make Toad in the Hole Batter (quick summary)
- Add flour to a bowl and make a well.
- Pour in beaten eggs.
- Gradually whisk in milk.
- Cover and rest in the fridge.
Making Toad in the Hole
Making Toad in the Hole is incredibly easy. We’ve got the batter (nice and rested/cold hopefully), now all you need is some sausages, a baking dish and some oil.
Best Sausages for Toad in the Hole
I usually go for a classic Cumberland Pork sausage for their delicious yet ‘neutral’ flavour. I steer away from heavily flavoured/herby sausages for this recipe. In all cases I recommend pork and ensure you get some nice quality sausages.
Best Oil for Toad in the Hole
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.
How to make Toad in the Hole (quick summary)
- Roast your sausages in a little oil until they just begin to brown and the oil is piping hot.
- Take out the dish and flip the sausages.
- Pour in your batter.
- Add some rosemary (optional) and bake in the oven.
Serving Toad in the Hole
I recommend tucking in fairly soon after it’s cooked, sometimes the cool air can slightly deflate the batter even after is cooked. The batter SHOULD look a bit crazy, the best ones always do, so don’t worry that it’s not even and pretty.
What to serve with Toad in the Hole?
Hey, whilst you’re here why not check out my other similar recipes?
Easy Sausage Recipes
Family Comfort Food Recipes
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Chilli Con Carne
- Shepherd’s Pie (or Cottage Pie)
- Roasted Spatchcock Chicken
- Vegetable Pasta Bake
Alrighty, let’s tuck into this easy toad in the hole recipe shall we?!
How to make Toad in the Hole (Full Recipe & Video)
Easy Toad in the Hole
- Suitably Sized Baking Dish (see notes)
- Tongs (for flipping sausages)
- Medium Sized Bowl
Ingredients (check list):
- 8-10 Good Quality Pork Sausages
- 1 cup Plain Flour
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 cup Eggs, beaten
- 2 tbsp Oil (vegetable or sunflower)
- few sprigs of Rosemary (optional)
- Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
- Start with your batter. Grab a suitably sized bowl, pour in 1cup flour and make a small well in the centre. Pour in 1 cup beaten eggs, then whisk until smooth. Gradually pour in 1cup/250ml 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 as long as you have time for (30 minutes up until in the fridge overnight).
- Place 8-10 sausages in a suitably sized dish with 2 tbsp of oil. Pop in the oven at 220c/430f for 10-12 minutes, or until they begin to brown on the top and the oil is piping hot. Important that 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 (optional). Be careful the oil doesn't spit back at you. Work quickly and/or place on the hob (only if your dish is heat resistant to hobs!). Important for the oil to stay piping hot as you pour in the cold batter.
- 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!
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