How To Make Toad In The Hole Recipe

Toad in the hole recipe with list of ingredients and how to cook toad in the hole and the origin of toad in the hole:


Toad in the hole is a popular British recipe and an easy to make and filling family meal. While the oven is on it is just as easy to make roast potatoes and parsnips to make a filling meal, especially as a winter warming dinner. Alternatively serve the toad in the hole with mashed potatoes, vegetables such as peas, carrots and brussel sprouts and thick gravy or onion gravy. For a veggie toad in the hole try experimenting with a variety of vegetarian sausages. This toad in the hole recipe will serve four people and give a delicious Yorkshire pudding from the batter recipe.

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How to Cook Toad in the Hole

If a faster cooking time is desired then separate the toad in the hole into four separate smaller tins, otherwise make the toad in the hole recipe in a large roasting tin. The batter of the toad in the hole should rise and be crispy. Do try and experiment with different flavoured sausages such as venison, pork and apple, Cumberland, beef sausage, pork and leek, etc to give your toad in the hole recipe a different taste though a traditional toad in the hole recipe will use pork sausages. Here is how to make an easy toad in the hole recipe:

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List of Ingredients for Toad in the Hole

6 large sausages
8 cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons of sunflower oil

How To Make Batter

To make the batter for toad in the hole you will need:

2 large and well beaten eggs
110g of plain flour
Half a teaspoon of salt
300mls of milk

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How To Make Toad In The Hole

Sieve the flour and the salt into a large mixing bowl. Make the batter for the toad in the hole by stirring in the beaten eggs. Then make a smooth past by adding a little amount of the milk. depending on taste use full fat, skimmed or semi skimmed milk, though we at uttertrivia have found full fat milk to give the best toad in the hole batter.

Beat in the remaining milk until the batter mixture looks like unwhipped double cream and small bubbles are formed on the surface.

Set aside the batter for between 30 minutes and one hour.

Fry or grill the sausages for about ten minutes over a low heat or longer if you prefer your sausages well done in your toad in the hole. This will remove any excess fat from the sausages and give them a lighter colour. Other toad in the hole recipes suggest adding the sausages straight to the batter mix and cooking in the oven for a longer time though we at utter trivia prefer this method.

When ready to make the toad in the hole recipe preheat the oven to 220C or gas mark 7.

Add the cooking oil to either four individual round tins or a large roasting tin. Heat in the oven until it gets hot and the oil starts to smoke. Remove from the oven.

Quarter each sausage and spread out into the roasting tin.

Place the cherry tomatoes between the sausages.

Place the roasting tin into the hot oven for five minutes then remove and pour on the toad in the hole batter mixture.

Return the roasting tin to the hot oven and cook the toad in the hole for at least 15 minutes. Small individual portions will cook quicker so the large roasting tin may take some time. The batter mixture should have risen and be crispy to indicate that the toad in the hole is cooked and ready to serve and eat. Try not to delay serving the toad in the hole because the Yorkshire pudding will deflate and go soggy.

As an alternative cooking method add sliced onions instead of the tomatoes.

Toad in the hole is often available to buy as ready meals such as Aunt Bessie's Toad in the Hole.

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Origin of Toad in the Hole

A commonly asked question is how did toad in the hole get its name? Here we at uttertrivia.com attempt to answer the origin of toad in the hole:

It is commonly thought that in British history the toad in the hole recipe and dish is named after a pub game also called toad in the hole. Players of toad in the hole have to throw a brass disc, called the toad, into a hole in a box. The toad in the hole game is thought to have been based on the pitch penny coin throwing game and dates back to about the year 1787. Pubs in the county of East Sussex in England the UK still play the toad in the hole pub game and even have pub league tables for players of the toad in the hole.

The nickname for Toad in the Hole is The Poor Man's Roast because it is so cheap to make. The origin of toad in the hole nickname can be dated back to Mediaeval times when most people were poor and meat was in short supply and expensive. Villagers would catch toads and were said to eat them as well as frogs by baking them on their open fires with a mixture of grain. The grain protected and cooked the meat of the frog or toad and those eating the food had to pick the meat from the cooked grain, ie taking the toad from the hole.

The cooked toad in the hole sausages look like a toad poking out of the hole made from the cooked Yorkshire pudding batter.

So these are three of the possible origin of toad in the hole and may help to answer the question how did toad in the hole get its name and the question why is toad in the hole called toad in the hole?

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Other Names for Toad in the Hole

Other names for toad in the hole include sausage toad and poor man's roast dinner.

There is a pub in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Western Canada called the Toad in the Hole. You'll never guess what their signature dish is! Their website is www.toadintheholepub.com The toadinthehole pub specialise in British food.

Famous toad in the hole recipes include the Jamie Oliver toad in the hole, Gordon Ramsay toad in the hole and the Delia Smith toad-in-the-hole.

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