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Student recipe: toad in the hole

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Toad in the hole is a British dish, consisting of sausages cooked in Yorkshire pudding batter. The sausages represent toads poking out of their holes (the batter). Find out more about the history of the Yorkshire puddings here.

This recipe is cheap and easy to make for students.

This recipe serves four people, but it can be downsized by halving the recipe and using a smaller tin.


  • 8 sausages
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 140 grams plain flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 175ml milk or water
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas mark 7.
  2. Place the sausages and oil in a roasting tin (8×12 inches) and cook for 15 minutes until the sausages brown.
  3. Whilst the sausages are cooking, make your batter. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in the eggs. Whisk the mixture and gradually add the milk. It will be quite thin.
  4. Once your sausages are ready, remove them from the oven. Make sure the oil and fat is hot, then pour the batter over the sausages.
  5. Place it in the oven for 30 minutes, until it is risen and golden.

This is best served with gravy and vegetables.

Add mushrooms and tomatoes to the tin with the browned sausages for an extra twist. Other variations include wrapping the sausages in bacon for a pig-in-blankets toad in the hole.

Feature image credit: BBC

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