Toad In The Hole

A simply wonderful creation from the humble origins of British cooking - Toad in the Hole is classic comfort food at its best. The origin of the name 'toad in the hole' is unclear. It is often thought to refer to the sausages peeking out through the gaps in the batter.

Key Details

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy


  • 12 proper sausages
  • 140g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 175ml semi-skimmed milk
  • rosemary


Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.

Cook off your sausages in a roasting tin with a glug of oil for 15 minutes until golden brown. No need for them to be entirely cooked through as they still have substantial oven time to go! 

Meanwhile mix up your flour, salt, eggs and milk into a batter.

Carefully remove the sausages from the oven – watch because the fat will be sizzling hot (this is what we want). Pour in the batter mix, throw in a couple of sprigs of rosemary and transfer to the top shelf of the oven, then cook for 25-30 mins, until risen and golden.

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