Delia's Toad in the hole


6-8 good quality pork sausages (about 330g - 440g)
75g plain flour
1 large egg
75ml semi-skimmed milk
55ml water
40g Lard
Salt and freshly milled black pepper

To Serve:
Onion Gravy 

A Delia Online oblong tin 20cm by 26cm, 4cm deep (or a similar tin that can be placed over direct heat with about 1 litre capacity)

Pre-heat the grill to its highest setting and the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7


Firstly put the tin with the lard in the oven, whilst it pre-heats, grill the sausages under the pre-heated grill for about 5 minutes on each side, so that they are just lightly browned.

Whilst the sausages are grilling make up the batter. Sift the flour into a bowl (with a cloth under it to keep it steady), holding the sieve quite high to give the flour a good airing, add some seasoning and then make a well in the centre. Break the egg into it and beat it with an electric hand whisk (you can also use a balloon whisk), gradually incorporating the flour, and then beat in the milk and water. When its all in slide a rubber spatula all around the sides and base of the bowl to get any escaped bits of flour. Then give it one more whisk. There is no need to leave the batter to stand, so make it when you're ready to cook the toad in the hole. 

When the sausages are browned, place the tin over direct high heat, turned to high. Then arrange the sausages in the tin and pour in the batter all round and immediately put the whole thing in the oven on the highest possible shelf for 30-35 minutes until well risen and browned.

Serve it immediately with onion gravy (click here to watch Delia's Gravy video technique) and it’s absolutely wonderful with mashed potato. 

Recipe adapted from Delia’s Complete How to Cook published by BBC Books 2009

© Delia Smith 2014

To watch this recipe video, click here

See also: Delia's Yorkshire pudding batter

For more information about Delia's Online Cookery School go to www.deliaonline.com

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes 50 minutes

Serves: 3-4

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This recipe was first published in December 2013.