Toad in the Hole Made Easy




Following the creation of my instructable "Yorkshire Puddings Made Easy" here is an instructable for Toad in the Hole.

Step 1: You Will Need

4 Eggs
1 cup Semi Skimmed Milk
1 cup Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
Vegetable Oil

Optional Ingredients

Substitute Vegetable Oil with drippings or half Vegetable Oil/half drippings


Pyrex measuring cup
Dry ingredients measuring cup
Baking Dish
Oven mitts

Yield: 8 sausages

*NOTE: The pictures show a halved recipe which is why I used a small baking dish and only 6 sausages when baked.

Step 2: Pre-cook the Sausages

I like to know the sausages will be completely cooked and to ensure this I pre-cook the sausages.

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees celsius

Cook the sausages for 40 minutes.

Step 3: Pre-heat the Oven and Arrange Sausages

* Check the oven shelves are placed low enough so the Toad in the Hole has plenty of room to rise. For a standard oven the baking dish should sit in the middle of the oven.

* Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees Celsius or 425 degrees Fahrenheit


* Pour oil approx. 3 millimeters deep in the baking dish. There should be just enough oil to cover the bottom of the dish from edge to edge.

* Place the sausages in the baking dish so they are evenly spaced and not too close to the edge of the baking dish.

Step 4: Mix

* Whisk eggs into Semi Skimmed Milk until fully mixed

* Add Plain Flour and salt to the egg/milk mixture and mix-mix-mix with the whisk.

* You should end up with a nice smooth batter which contains lots of small air bubbles from whisking.

Step 5: Assemble and Bake

* Immediately after whisking, pour batter into baking dish. The oil rises up to sit on top of the batter. Don't worry if the oil doesn't completely cover the batter.

* Ensure the oven has fully heated to 220 degrees Celsius. If the oven hasn't pre-heated then the batter will not rise properly.

* Put the baking dish into the oven and turn up the temperature from 220 Celsius to 230 Celsius / 450 Fahrenheit for the duration of baking.

* Bake 30-40 minutes.

* Using oven mitts, carefully remove the Toad in the Hole from the oven when golden brown. It is usually easiest to remove them from the baking dish as soon as they are out of the oven.

Step 6: Tips

* Farm Shop eggs make the batter rise better than supermarket eggs. This recipe was written based on results with supermarket eggs. You may find you can reduce the number of eggs if using Farm Shop or good quality free-range.

* Do not open the oven during baking. The Toad in the Hole will not rise properly if the oven door is opened while they are rising.

* Always use Plain Flour.



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    12 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Thanks for posting this! I have to try it, it looks great!


    3 years ago

    if you roast the sausages in a pyrex dish in the oven turning a few times so they don't stick , you can pour the batter mix in as the fat content from the sausages has already greased the dish. I have mine with onion gravy peas and carrots.

    Don't pay attention to the name of the meal, anyways, nobody knows where it came from - just enjoy its deliciousness!


    3 years ago on Introduction

    A quick obligatory UK to US terminology translation...

    Semi-skimmed milk is half fat or 2% milk.

    Plain Flour is AP flour. :)

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Haha, I appreciate the translation. Plain Flour was easy to guess, but I was scratching my head over what semi-skimmed milk was...


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome Pictures; One of my favorite Recipes !

    Although when I make it I use soo much sausage that you can't see the bottom of the pan >.>

    To make it Extra fluffy try preheating the Pan with the oil in it. Then add the batter at room Temp.


    3 years ago

    For an interesting twist I cook some sliced red onion rings with the sausages. Also made this with cocktail frankfurts, came out delicious.

    Bruce P

    3 years ago on Introduction

    This is our favourite "Comfort food" here in Partington Towers. A variation on it is to roast some root vegetables for half an hour before putting the sausages and batter mix in with them. Now I feel hungry!


    3 years ago

    hi colleen!
    i randomly stumbled upon your posting here...
    you hit the nail right on the head.
    my missus was asking what we should have for tea tonight..."toad in the hole", (i showed her this), "with onion bisto gravy?" she asked, "gallons of the stuff, flower.." was the answer. :))

    at approximately 1900 hrs tonight, me and my better-half will be rolling around the house like mr & mrs humpty-dumpty.... happy days!!

    for one day, I'll be the best thing since sliced bread....tomorrow, I'll return to the normal role of 'husband-who-farts-in-bed-alot' :)



    3 years ago

    Looks good, I'll try it! Thanks!