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Easy Brunch Classic English Toad-in-the-Hole

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Sunday brunching on a Classic English Toad-in-the-Hole with luscious brown onion gravy. I love meals that can be prepared in advance and are quick, easy, and also less clean up.

Toad in the hole or sausage toad is a traditional English dish consisting of sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter, usually served with onion gravy and vegetables. Historically, the dish has also been prepared using other meats, such as rump steak and lamb’s kidney.

Why is the toad in the hole British?

Usually, in America, a toad in the hole 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.

Why does my toad in the hole not cook in the middle?

The batter in a toad in the hole should rise up but will be airy and crisp rather than spongy or cakey. The flour should be plain (all-purpose) flour and not self-raising. However, it is most likely that the batter isn’t quite cooking properly due to the dish.



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Sunday brunching on a Toad in a Hole with a luscious brown onion gravy I love meals that can be prepared in advance and are quick, easy, and less cleaning up

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Additional Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast and Brunch
  • Cuisine: British
  • Diet: VegetarianDiet


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Toad-in-the-Hole Yorkshire Pudding Batter

  • 180g Flour (A/P or Cake)
  • 2 Eggs (beaten)
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Dried Basil
  • 1 Spring Onion (chopped)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 280ml Milk (approx.)
  • 68 Sausages

Brown Onion Gravy

  • 2 Onions (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Stock (approx.)
  • 1 tsp. Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Flour
  • 23 Tbsp. Oil


Yorkshire Pudding Batter

  1. Add the flour and all the spices, herbs, and seasoning into a bowl.
  2. Pour in the milk and eggs and whisk until a smooth batter is formed (add a little extra
    milk if needed).
  3. Cover the batter and allow to rest in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180C and heat the baking pan (the one you are using to cook the Yorkshire pudding in).
  5. Brown the sausages in a pan then remove, pour the excess pan grease into the heated pan, then immediately pour in the batter, place the sausages on top and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!!

Brown Onion Gravy

  1. Heat oil in a pan and brown the onions.
  2. Once browned sprinkle in the flour and mix to fully coat the onions.
  3. Pour in the stock (a little at a time) and whisk till a lump-free gravy is formed.
  4. Add in the herbs and seasonings then finish off with a tablespoon of butter.
  5. Enjoy!!


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 935
  • Sugar: 9
  • Sodium: 1498
  • Fat: 68
  • Saturated Fat: 18
  • Unsaturated Fat: 43
  • Trans Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 51
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 30
  • Cholesterol: 192

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2 thoughts on “Easy Brunch Classic English Toad-in-the-Hole”

  1. Esme,

    I love how simple your version of the English toad in the hole is.

    You have given me a challenge to of switching the recipe up to be less acidic and more alkaline with coconut milk, flax seeds (to replace the eggs), tofu/chorizo, and a chick pea/Amaranth flour mix.

    I have share the blog.

    • Hi there. Thank you so much for popping in. Glad you love it and that you will be able to modify and use it to suit your own needs. I would love to hear back from you how it went and what you think of it.


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