Individual toad in the holes


The batter mixture for the toad in the hole is chef Brian Turner's mother's recipe. The recipe uses cups rather than standard measurements - the key principle here is that there are equal quantities of flour, eggs and liquid constituents. If you don't hau


For the toad in the hole

For the gravy


  1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.

  2. Combine the water and milk in a jug.

  3. Add the eggs and half of the milk and water mixture to the flour and whisk until smooth.

  4. Add the rest of the milk and water mixture and the vinegar and whisk to combine. Leave to stand for 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 200C/440F/Gas 6.

  6. Place a tablespoonful of dripping (or vegetable oil) into each of six holes of a muffin tin. Place the tin into the oven to heat the dripping to smoking hot.

  7. Carefully pour a sixth of the batter into each hole with dripping or oil, then add a sausage to each.

  8. Return to the oven to cook for 25 minutes. Do not open the oven door during this time!

  9. For the gravy, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onions until soft.

  10. Add the sugar and tomato purée and cook for five minutes.

  11. Add the gravy browning or soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ale and stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for 25 minutes.

  12. Remove from the heat and add the butter a little at a time, whisking to combine to make a glossy sauce.

  13. Remove the toad in the holes from the oven and place each onto a plate. Pour over a generous amount of gravy and serve.