Classic English Toad-in-the-Hole

The English classic Toad-in-the-Hole—sausage links baked in a Yorkshire pudding like flour egg batter.

Toad in the Hole
Elise Bauer

"Toad in the hole," a weird name for a dish, isn't it? Usually in America it refers to an egg cooked in the hole cut out of a piece of bread. But in England, it's sausages cooked in what is essentially Yorkshire pudding.

To me the English version is more whimsical, perhaps because Mr. Toad is my favorite character in The Wind in the Willows?

In any case, this recipe has a playful name, and much like its cousin "pigs in a blanket," is a hit with kids.

I first posted a recipe for Toad in the Hole back in 2003. I wasn't quite satisfied with that recipe, and based on feedback from readers and a bit more experimentation, recently updated the recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

English Toad in the hole in a rectangular casserole dish
Elise Bauer

Classic English Toad-in-the-Hole

Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 65 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup (180 g) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 1/2 cup (350 ml) milk

  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 pound (454 g) bangers (English sausage made with pork and breadcrumbs), or good quality pork or beef sausage links

Method

  1. Make batter:

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour with the salt and a pinch of pepper. Make a well in the center of the flour. Pour in the eggs, milk, and melted butter into the well and whisk into the flour until smooth. Cover and let stand 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat baking dish:

    Coat the bottom and sides of an 8x12 or 9x9 ceramic or metal casserole dish with vegetable oil. Place a rack in the bottom third of the oven. Put the empty dish on the rack. Preheat the oven with the dish in it to 425°F(220°C).

  3. Brown the sausages:

    While the oven is coming to temperature, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a skillet on medium high. Add the sausages and brown them on at least a couple sides.

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  4. Pour batter over sausages:

    When the sausages have browned, and the dish in the oven hot, pull the oven rack out a bit, put the sausages in the casserole dish, and pour the batter over the sausages.

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  5. Bake:

    Bake at 425°F(220°C) for about 20-30 minutes or until the batter is risen and golden.

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    Serve at once.

Toad in the Hole
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
475 Calories
31g Fat
27g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 475
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 889mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 424mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.