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Traditional English Recipe - Toad in the Hole

Toad in the holeToad in the hole is a traditional English dish consisting of sausages in a batter.

The origin of the name "Toad-in-the-Hole" is often disputed. Many suggestions are that the dish's resemblance to a toad sticking its head out of a hole provides the dish with its somewhat unusual name. An 1861 recipe by Charles Elme Francatelli does not mention sausages, instead including as an ingredient "6d. or 1s. worth of bits and pieces of any kind of meat, which are to be had cheapest at night when the day's sale is over." A wartime variation on the original used Spam instead of sausages.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1lb of pork or beef sausages
¼ lb of plain flour
large pinch of salt
½ pt milk
1 large egg


  1. Heat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Arrange the sausages in a roasting tin or fireproof dish (approx 10" x 12") and cook them for 10 minutes in the oven.
  3. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Beat in the egg and half the milk until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add the rest of the milk until the mixture is the thickness of cream.
  6. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and pour the batter over the sausages.
  7. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes until the batter mixture is brown and crisp on top.
  8. Serve hot with gravy and mashed potatoes.


To bake: To cook in an oven.

To beat: To thoroughly combine ingredients and incorporate air with a rapid, circular motion. This may be done with a wooden spoon, wire whisk, rotary eggbeater, electric mixer or food processor.

To mix: To beat or stir food ingredients together until they are combined.

To pour: To transfer a liquid from one container to another.

!Note - Not to be confused with Toads in a hole.

Toads in a hole
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