Toad in the Hole

We Brits may seem to have some odd eating habits, but Toad in the Hole is a family favourite, and one I used to do quite often when I was bringing up a family.
It was cheap and filling, and you could pack out the plate with chips and beans or veg and mash with onion gravy. In those days I used 2 sausages for the adults and one each for the kids, a large baking dish, and twice the quantities for my batter mix!

I didn’t take pictures of mine today, and wish I had now as several readers have asked what it actually is.Image found on the internet from

I cooked two sausages (the toad) in the oven for about twenty minutes, heat 175º C (I have a fan oven).  You could do them in the frying pan of course, but I prefer to cook mine slowly so that I know they are cooked all the way through.

My batter (yorkshire pudding aka hole) was three tablespoons of SR flour (plain is best, but I don’t normally use it), an egg, sprinkling of salt (black pepper too if you like, but again I don’t use it now) and about 150 -200 ml of milk to mix. If you use whole milk, use a mix of milk and water, or like me, use all skimmed milk.
Put the flour and salt in a bowl, make a well in the middle and crack the egg into it. Mix and add the milk gradually to form a thickish batter (not as runny as pancakes). You might not need all of the liquid and my quantity is a guide.
Turn your sausages and add a bit of oil to the baking dish, return to the oven for five minutes for oil to heat. Take the dish out of the oven and pour the batter over the sausages.
Return dish to oven for a further 20 minutes or until batter is brown. If you’re lucky, it may rise considerably. Mine didn’t today, but then that was down to the flour I used.

We had ours with mixed veg, mash and gravy, and it was pretty damn good!

The above is not to be confused with this, also known as toad in the hole, which I guess would be had as breakfast.
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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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43 Responses to Toad in the Hole

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Toad in the hole, mash and baked beans ….yum yum yum 💜

  2. colinandray says:

    Lots of good memories here, and we cannot forget “pigs in blankets” can we! 🙂

  3. rugby843 says:

    I’ve never fixed toad in the hole but the bottom picture is similar to what my mom made and she called them Gypsy delights. The egg is mixed up in a bowl and poured into the hole of the bread and over it. Fried in butter.

  4. quiall says:

    That toast we called a One Eyed Susan. It’s funny how we name our food.

  5. Toad in the hole is the best. I find it hard to get British style sausages where I live. I would call the bottom picture egg on toast.

    • I’ve never had it as we have the eggs on the toast rather than cut in it. Sounds good for a snack though, and I like fried bed (although I shouldn’t have it because of the oil!!)

  6. murisopsis says:

    Oh! Thanks for the clarification! I’ve had the toast and egg version but not the sausage and pudding type. I may have to dig out my cookbook and put this on the menu!

  7. Sadje says:

    The name is indeed very strange and unappetizing.

  8. Sue Vincent says:

    I’m cooking toad today… and some naughty bacon, cheese and sausage ‘pigs’ for tomorrow’s lunch too 😉

  9. Cathy Cade says:

    Mum used to do it with lamb chops occasionally instead of sausages. I remember when I was small asking once what was for dinner. She said ‘Chop toad’ and I heard it as ‘chopped toad’ and refused to eat it.

  10. Kitchen Goss says:

    I absolutely love a good toad in the hole, this looks amazing ❤️

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