Mini Toad in the Hole

At the moment meal times are a little bonkers for me. I’m sure you know the story; as soon as you try to start cooking the children can’t bear to be without you and the baby is desperate for milk. Fraught does not even begin to cover it. Meals need to be either super speedy to prepare or have pockets of time when I can be hands off.

One of our current favourites is mini toad in the holes as the stop start prep allows me to keep everyone happy and the children think it is a MASSIVE treat which makes them a little less crazy.

This recipe uses a basic Yorkshire Pudding batter which you can double to make 12 handsome Yorkies for roast beef or triple to make a large family sized toad in the hole. I make our toads using Quorn Bramley Apple Bangers which are really tasty. I only use one per child as each one has 0.5 grams of salt which is a quarter of the RDA for 1 – 5 year olds. I serve them with steamed vegetables and gravy using frozen stock thickened with cornflour.

Mini Toad in the Hole

1 egg

38g of flour

95ml milk

2 sausages

sunflower oil

Preheat oven to 220°C (or even 250°C if yours goes that high) – makes six toads.

  • Beat the egg, flour and milk together to make a batter and set aside.
  • While the oven heats cook your sausages on the hob. Cut the sausages into six or twelve pieces (aiming to have either one or two pieces in each toad).
  • Once the oven is at temperature put in enough oil to cover the bottom of your pan sections (I use a muffin pan) and place in the oven to heat for a minute or two.
  • Once the oil is heated work quickly – bring it out and add the sausages then divide the batter between the six sections and return to the oven.
  • Cook for 20 minutes or until they are well risen and golden brown (I find I have helpers willing to sit and watch them rise).
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19 Comments

  • Reply SewBertie April 4, 2011 at 9:45 am

    What a great idea, look like a great addition to our teatime menu.

  • Reply Liz@VioletPosy April 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

    *bounces up and down* I made the PERFECT yorkies yesterday thanks to your recipe – thank you soooo much xxxx

    • Reply Kat April 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Well done you! Nothing like the first time you turn out perfect Yorkies. Will be coming round for roast beef…

  • Reply Debbie (monkeyandbo) April 4, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I agree, what a great idea! Definitely going to give these a bash with 2yo

    • Reply Kat April 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Hope you have fun.

  • Reply kate blinkhorn April 4, 2011 at 11:30 am

    oooh love this – will have to try out this week. Looking for something a bit different! Thank you!

    • Reply Kat April 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Hope you enjoyed them x

  • Reply The Mad House April 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

    We love toads so much, I am now desperate to add them to this weeks menu plan

    • Reply Kat April 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Hope you squeezed them in x

  • Reply Carla April 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Yum Yum! Had my first sausage *ever* this week so this will definately go on our menu. Great tip on the gravy too.
    Sometimes quickies are the best.

    • Reply Kat April 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      That is both astonishing and giggle making :)

  • Reply Jennie Maizels April 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Oooo Clever you! Wish I’d thought of these for my Finger Food book! Have forwarded recipe to my sisier who is making this tonight for her little ones! You write so beautifully too…

    • Reply Kat April 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Wow, thanks Jennie. Seeing as we’ve had your book from the very first days of feeding children that feels like high praise indeed.

  • Reply Alice April 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    crikey, those look lush. x

    • Reply Kat April 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks x

  • Reply The Pippa & Ike Show April 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    We’re going on a ‘follow our noses’ day trip tomorrow, and I’m inspired to make these little treats tomorrow morning as a picnic surprise for P&I…i’m sure they’ll LOVE them ! Thanks for the inspiration X Lianne

    • Reply Kat April 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      I hope they enjoyed them – I can imagine them tucking in as you whizz along on your bike!

  • Reply Bev April 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    These look yum. Yorkshires are a great favourite in our house, as are sausages, but somehow I’ve never put them together (don’t ask me why not…) Thanks – will be trying them out on the boys this Easter break!

    • Reply Kat April 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      I had never eaten toad in the hole until a few years ago – think the name put me off when I was a (foolish) child. Hope you enjoy them x

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