The Best Toad in the Hole. Comfort at Its Best

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is the one. No fail, not heavy podge but yummy wonder A perfect toad in the hole . for me this means brown yummy sausages (or left over beef/pork/lamb), a light custary yorkshire pudding, crispy on the edges and risen and fluffy inside. Onions to add flavor. Many use onion gravy but i am a little bit of a heathen here..with this recipe i can enjoy all of it without needing lashings of gravy but of course it would be perfect on it. A brian turner recipe slightly tweaked by me. Its best known as an english dish but with canada';s british heritage its very popular here as well. Do not be afraid of the proportions or the vinegar. I was, so used to heavier batters, more flour..and never with vinegar. Yet it helped lighten the pud and the batter was just perfect with the sausages..they even rose in the cooking. made this for the 3rd time, and this time was wanting something even quicker so didn't use the onions or herbs, just browned the sausages in the baking dish while the batter sat. Also halved it and it was just as wonderful

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.
  2. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, then crack in the eggs. Add the milk and water and mix well to combine.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and the malt vinegar and leave the mixture to stand for 30 minutes.
  4. Put a deep ovenproof baking tin on the stove, and heat 2 tablespoons of the dripping or lard. Add the sausages and fry until browned. Put into the oven to cook for a further 10 minutes.
  5. In a frying pan, heat the rest of the dripping or lard and fry the onions until golden. Add the mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Turn the oven up to 220C/gas 7.
  7. Take sausages out of the oven and sprinkle over the onions. Pour in the batter, and place the tin back into the oven. Bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Turn the oven down to 180C/gas 4 and cook for a final 10 minutes, until the top is golden-brown and crisp.
  9. Remove from the oven and serve with gravy.
Most Helpful

5 5

Okay Marra, I concede that this is indeed a magnificent Toad in the is excellent, but NOT as good as mine!! LOL! LOL! I am ONLY joking! It is slightly different to mine, but we LOVED it for lunch today served with mashed potatoes and gravy! I usually put my onions IN the gravy, but this was LOVELY with the onions being baked with the toad! A BEAUTIFUL British classic and I was pleased to tag this in PRMR - The Toad wars may be over Marra - this was a great recipe, we both really enjoyed it! No photo, as mine did not look as nice as yours in your photo - I used an old baking tray which was not very photogenic - tasted SUPERB however! Thanks Marra! FT:-)

5 5

W thoroughly enjoyed this version of Toad in the Hole or as my Canadian husband calls it..."Pig In A Poke." Thank you very much for posting! Made on Behalf of the Looney Spoon Phoodies - ZWT6

5 5

Savory custard, pork sausages, gravy? How could you go wrong with this British comfort delight? You won't go wrong on this one, just make sure you have the rest of the day to take it easy and enjoy in a leisurely manner. I didn't change one thing, except add fresh herbs at the last minute. Made for ZWT #6 Zee Zesties - 2010