Home RecipesComfort Food Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole

by Adrianne

Toad in the Hole is classic British comfort food. Combining sausages with Yorkshire pudding, you won’t be able to hold back the gravy! Also known as Sausage Toad!! 

Pork Chipolata in pool of gravy pudding in a white skillet

Recipes like our Quick Sausage Tray Bake and Chipolatas with Baked Beans let us have fun in the kitchen with sausages! 

Use your favourite sausages. I have used pork chipolatas as they are full of flavour and a great size! 

Serve with a side dish like our skin on roast potatoes or creamy garlic potatoes for the ultimate indulgence, or keep it a bit healthier with roasted cherry tomatoes and rocket (arugula) leaves. 


Dinner recipes  Popular recipes Quick and Easy recipes

Why is it called Toad in the Hole?

The British have some uncanny names for their foods. 

Take this Toad in the Hole (also known as Sausage Toad) or a hugely popular pudding called Spotted Dick and you get the idea! 

Stemming from recipes jovially called Pigeons in a Hole there is no link to either toads or birds being eaten (phew!!). Moreso a funny name to call cheap foods that involve batter with a hole for meat. 

So whilst there is no literal toad in the batter, the name Toad in the Hole refers to the use of cheap meat (in this case pork chipolatas) within holes in the batter (Yorkshire pudding). 

Toad in the Hole ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are simple and easy to find at the local shops. They are set out in the photo below so you can see exactly what you need:

Toad in the Hole ingredients with text over lay

As you can see, we have:

  • sausages (I am using pork chipolatas)
  • eggs
  • plain flour
  • milk
  • dried thyme
  • salt and pepper

We use cooking oil in the base of the skillet to cook the sausages and provide the fat for the pudding

How to make Toad in the Hole

The photos below are the easy step by step instructions you need to bring this dish together: 

Told in the Hole method with text labels

  1. Add flour to a mixing bowl (Photo 1)
  2. Pour in milk (Photo 2)
  3. Whisk to combine (Photo 3)
  4. Whisk eggs (Photo 4)

To ensure a smooth batter, whisk consistently till there are no lumps

A mini whisk or a fork are the perfect tool to prepare the batter as they will produce the right texture we are trying to achieve. 

Toad in the Hole method 5 to 8 with text overlay

How to Make Toad in the Hole instructions

  • Add eggs to the flour and milk batter (Photo 5)
  • Followed by dried thyme (Photo 6)
  • Sprinkle in salt and pepper (Photo 7)
  • Then stir to combine (Photo 8)

Toad in the Hole Method 9 to 12 with text overlay

  • Whisk the batter till it is very smooth (Photo 9)
  • Pierce the sausages (Photo 10)
  • Spray skillet with cooking oil and add sausages (Photo 11)
  • Spread the sausages out flat in one layer (Photo 12)

Piercing the sausages allows some of the fat to run out into the pudding batter adding a delicious depth of flavour! 

Toad in the Hole method 13 to 16 with text over labels

  • After 5 mins remove the skillet and use tongs to rotate the sausages (Photo 13)
  • Return to the oven for another 5 mins, then pour in batter (Photo 14 )
  • Batter will naturally flow around the sausages (Photo 15)
  • Bake for a further 35 mins till golden brown (Photo 16)

Toad in the Hole quick info

About the recipe:

  • there is 6 total ingredients for this recipe! 
  • use your favourite sausages (short work well as they cook quickly) 
  • this recipe will feed 4 people
  • this is a one pan recipe

FAQs about British Toad in the Hole 

  1. this is an easy recipe that is quick to prepare
  2. there is no rest time for the batter 
  3. we use cooking oil in the pan for the sausages
  4. make it vegetarian, by using vegetarian sausages! 

Your quick questions answered:

  1. we use 16 pork chipolatas for this recipe (mini sausages) 
  2. the recipe takes approx 5 mins to prep (35-40 mins cooking time)
  3. there is no need to remove any excess oil before adding the batter
  4. the batter will find its own way around the sausages

Pork Sausage in hole of pudding with gravy roast tomatoes and arugula leaves

Expert tips:

These tips are to help you master this recipe from the 1st time you make it:

  • make the batter 1st so it sits for a little bit before being used
  • ensure the oven is preheated before adding the sausages
  • turn the sausages once to ensure both sides become golden brown
  • cook the sausages for longer, ie 10 mins each side for a more charred look
  • use packet (store bought) gravy to save yourself some cooking and cleaning time! 

Oven baked toad in the hole in skillet and on white plate

Find us on Facebook right here! 

Roast some cherry tomatoes on a separate tray in the oven to serve with your toad in the hole! 

Easy recipes using sausages  

For easy sausage recipes that get the dish on the table fast, have a look at these ideas:

  1. Sausage Spaghetti
  2. Quick Sausage Tray Bake
  3. Easy Sausage Rolls
  4. Chipolatas with Baked Beans

These recipes allow you to get a little creative with sausages and cook them in different ways. Give them each a go and bookmark your favourites! 

Toad in the Hole on a white plate with gravy, roast tomatoes and arugula

PIN and save this recipe for later! 

How to Make Toad in the Hole with text over lay

Sausage in gravy in middle of Yorkshire pudding

Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole is classic British comfort food. Combining sausages with Yorkshire pudding, you won't be able to hold back the gravy! 
5 from 5 votes
Print Rate
Servings: 4
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Skillet (or baking dish)
  • Measuring jug
  • Mini whisk


Toad in the Hole

  • 16 pork chipolatas Note 1
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Toad in the Hole
  • Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5
  • In a medium sized mixing jug add flour and make a well in the centre for the milk, use a whisk to thoroughly combine
  • Crack eggs into a small bowl, whisk and then pour into the batter. Stir consistently till the batter is smooth with no lumps.
  • Add dried thyme, salt and pepper and stir again to combine
  • Spray a 26cm skillet with cooking oil, pierce sausages and add to the oiled skillet, ensure they are flat in one layer
  • Place the skillet into the oven on the middle rack for 5 mins. Use oven mits to remove, place on heat proof surface and use tongs to rotate the sausages. Return the skillet to the oven for 5 mins.
  • Use oven mits to remove the skillet from the oven, place on a heatproof surface. Pour batter into skillet and let it flow around the sausages.
  • Return the skillet to the oven for a further 35 mins, till fluffy and golden brown
  • Serve with gravy, roast tomatoes and rocket.



  • Note 1 You can use your favourite type of sausages. I find smaller sausages work best for this recipe as they fit in the skillet easily. (I am using Pork Chipolatas)


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 326IU | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 3mg
Did you make this recipe? Share on Instagram!It makes my day when you make my recipes! Tag @sweetcaramelsunday

Pork Chipolata recipes

I confess I love me a little sausage (haha! nah, I am not messing with you, Pork Chipolatas are actually my favourite sausage!).

Easy to cook, perfect to pair with veggies, they get dinner on the table FAST! 

Sometimes you want bangers and mash, other times spotted dick and almost always a wee sausage (sorry, no I am being serious, but I just can’t help myself 🙂 ). 

Do not hold back on the gravy for this one, do yourself a favour and purchase a little sachet of a good traditional roast then all you have to do is heat and eat! 

Please give me a shout if you have questions or make the recipe as I would love to hear your feedback.

Who wants a little pork sausage on their plate?

Adrianne x


Chipolatas with Baked Beans Quick Sausage Tray Bake Sausage Spaghetti 

Comfort Food  Dinner recipes Popular recipes


You will also LOVE these recipes...


Alexandra August 9, 2020 - 11:55 am

5 stars
What a tasty weekend meal this makes – full of flavour, easy to prepare. One for the whole family to enjoy!

Adrianne August 9, 2020 - 12:06 pm

Thanks Alex! Yes, everyone can dig straight in, cheers for your feedback.

Dannii August 9, 2020 - 12:32 pm

5 stars
This is total comfort food for me. I ate it so much when growing up, so I really need to try making it at home.

Traci August 9, 2020 - 1:39 pm

5 stars
Super yum! What a fun and easy breakfast the whole family can enjoy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Adrianne August 9, 2020 - 5:17 pm

No worries Traci! Cheers for your feedback, it is great to hear, thanks!

Sue August 9, 2020 - 1:51 pm

5 stars
This looks like such a kid friendly meal! Will give it a try for sure!

Adrianne August 9, 2020 - 5:16 pm

Cheers Sue, absolutely! Thanks for sharing.

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry August 9, 2020 - 2:23 pm

5 stars
I haven’t had toad in the hole in so long – you’re so right about it being total comfort food! Your recipe sounds delicious, popping it on the meal plan as we speak!

Adrianne August 9, 2020 - 5:15 pm

Thanks for your feedback Bintu! Yes a little bit of comfort food is ok isn’t it 😊. Appreciate your comment, thanks!!


Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.