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Video:How to Make Toad in the Hole

with Elaine Lemm

Toad in the Hole is a classic British dish based on the ever popular Yorkshire Pudding Recipe. It does not involve cooking toads in a hole, however. The toads are sausages which are cooked in a Yorkshire pudding batter to make a tasty, filling dish.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Toad in the Hole

Hi, I am Elaine Lemm for the About.com British Food site. Today I am going to show you a very popular British dish, which is Toad in the Hole. Toad in the Hole is a variation of a Yorkshire Pudding recipe, which by adding sausages turns it into a very delicious filling meal. I should add that no toads were harmed in the making of this recipe, as the toads are in fact the sausages which are added to the batter.

Toad in the Hole Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs mixed with 200ml/3/4 cup milk
  • 200ml/2/3 cup plain/all purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • Piece of lard, dripping or vegetable oil
  • 6 good quality pork or beef sausages, lightly fried

Mix the Toad in the Hole Batter

So to begin our Toad in the Hole recipe the first thing we need to do is to add the flour to our egg and milk mixture, plus a pinch of salt. Then with an electric hand whisk I’m going to give this a really good beat. Once the batter’s all smooth, this needs to be left for about 30 minutes, longer if possible.

10 minutes before the batter’s ready we need to get the tin and sausages ready to go into the oven. We put the lard into a roomy roasting tin, and then add the sausages, they need to be evenly spaced around the tin.

These are now going to go into the oven, I’ve turned the oven up as high as possible you want your oven to be really hot to make this dish successful. This is going to go in until the fat is actually smoking.

Pour the Batter over the Sausage

Our sausages are sizzling and so is the fat, now very carefully so the fat doesn’t splutter so much, going to pour the Yorkshire Pudding batter into the tin around the sausages and as quickly as possible this goes back into the oven for about 25 minutes until it is golden and risen.

Woah, look at this, that looks absolutely delicious, a perfect Toad in the Hole. Really there’s not much more needed now, maybe a few fresh seasonal vegetables and lots of gravy.

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