How to Make Toad in the Hole

Making a hearty, filling meal can seem pretty difficult at times. We’ve all got our responsibilities to take care of throughout the day, often at the expense of not being able to cook a proper dinner at the end of the day. Good doesn’t have to mean the same thing as complicated, however.

If you’ve never heard of it before, toad in the hole is a traditional British dish consisting of a savory Yorkshire pudding batter baked with pieces of meat in it. The toad in the hole origins are a bit murky but generally date somewhere around the mid-18th century, created as a way to have a cheap dinner.

Based on just that, you can probably already tell it’s going to be exactly what you need if you’re craving something cheap, comforting, and deliciously homemade.

Let’s not waste any more time as we cover how to make toad in the hole from scratch.

Toad in the hole on wire rack.
Toad in the hole on wire rack.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Toad in the hole prepped ingredients on blue-grey background.
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 5 British sausages
  • Casserole Dish (9” x 9” or so)
  • Electric hand mixer

Step #2. Start Preparing the Batter

Toad in the hole batter being made in a glass bowl.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper.

Toad in the hole batter being made in a glass bowl.

Step #3. Crack the Eggs In

Toad in the hole batter being made in a glass bowl.

Crack the eggs over the flour.

Toad in the hole batter being made in a glass bowl.

Step #4. Add Milk

Toad in the hole batter in a glass bowl.

Pour the milk in.

Step #5. Add Butter

Toad in the hole batter in a glass bowl.

Add the melted butter.

Step #6. Add Mustard Powder

Toad in the hole batter in glass bowl. Whisk, sausages and rosemary in the background.

Add mustard powder.

Step #7. Whisk the Batter

Toad in the hole batter in glass bowl. Whisk, sausages and rosemary in the background.

Whisk with a hand mixer until smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it stand for 30 minutes.

Toad in the hole batter in glass bowl. Whisk, sausages and rosemary in the background.

Step #8. Preheat Casserole Dish

Wiping down a baking dish, blue-grey background.

Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC). Grease the casserole dish with the canola oil and put it in the oven for 5 minutes to preheat it. 

Step #9. Brown the Sausages

Raw British sausages in a frying pan, whisk in the background.

Meanwhile, heat a skillet to medium-high, add a touch of oil and brown the sausages.

Sausages in a frying pan.

Step #10. Add Sausages to Baking Dish

Sausages in a baking dish on metal rack.

Place browned sausages into the baking dish.

Step #11. Add the Batter & Bake

Toad in the hole batter and sausages in a baking dish on metal rack.

Pour the batter into the baking dish, over the sausages. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, until golden and risen. Do not open the oven while baking for at least the first 20 minutes or it won’t rise properly. Keep an eye on it.

Toad in the hole on wire rack.

Step #12. Serve the Toad in the Hole

Toad in the hole on wire rack.
Toad in the hole on wire rack.
Toad in the hole on wire rack.
Toad in the hole on wire rack.

If you’re ever on a time crunch, out of energy, or just want to try something a little different that’s still easy to make, toad in the hole is a worthy recipe for that position.

While toad in the hole is quite good on its own, its real potential shines when you use it as a jumping off point for other elements of a meal. One popular addition would be to serve it with onion gravy, adding an extra punch of flavor and some savory sauce to go with it.

You can also try using different meats, especially since some of the earliest takes on this dish used beef as their protein of choice.

However you choose to eat your toad in the hole, though, it’s sure to taste great. Do you have any other classic dishes you’d like to see us take on? Leave us a comment.

Toad in the hole on wire rack.

How to Make Toad in the Hole

Joss D
If you've never heard of it before, toad in the hole is a traditional British dish consisting of a savory Yorkshire pudding batter baked with pieces of meat in it.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4
Calories 688 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. buttermelted
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 5 British sausages

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper.
    Toad in the hole batter being made in a glass bowl.
  • Crack the eggs over the flour. Add the milk, melted butter and mustard powder.
    Toad in the hole batter in glass bowl. Whisk, sausages and rosemary in the background.
  • Whisk until smooth with a hand mixer. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it stand for 30 minutes.
    Toad in the hole batter in glass bowl. Whisk, sausages and rosemary in the background.
  • Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC). Grease a casserole dish with the canola oil and put it in the oven for 5 minutes to preheat it.
    Wiping down a baking dish, blue-grey background.
  • Meanwhile, heat a skillet to medium-high, add a touch of oil and brown the sausages.
    Sausages in a frying pan.
  • Place browned sausages into the pre-heated baking dish.
    Sausages in a baking dish on metal rack.
  • Pour the batter into the baking dish, over the sausages. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, until golden and risen. Do not open the oven while baking for at least the first 20 minutes or it won't rise properly. Keep an eye on it.
    Toad in the hole batter and sausages in a baking dish on metal rack.
  • Serve the Toad in the Hole.
    Toad in the hole on wire rack.

Equipment

Casserole Dish (9” x 9” or so)
Electric hand mixer

Nutrition

Calories: 688kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 30gFat: 50gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 199mgSodium: 1467mgPotassium: 524mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 441IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 122mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

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