Toad in the Hole

Often the recipes I find online for the British favourite, Toad in the Hole, produce something resembling a Victoria sponge with strange brown, burnt submarine tops popping to the surface.  In a word?  Unappetizing.

Naturally, I want something better.  During a search for this recipe, the wizardly internet presents me with “Jamie Oliver Toad in the Hole” or “Nigella Toad in the Hole”.  All of these celebrity chefs assign their name to the popular dish but are they even from Yorkshire?  What makes them experts on Toad in the Hole?  I don’t want burnt submarine tops.

Despite my frustrations, I confess I took some inspiration from the King of TV Chefs, Mr. Heston Blumenthal.  Whilst watching him infuse milk for one of his crazy recipes, it hit me.  What if I could infuse the milk that goes into the Yorkshire Pudding batter?  Would that give the dish a real depth of flavour?

So it was that the Yorkshire Pudd Toad in the Hole was borne, a new recipe that I happily share with you now.  It may come across as difficult but trust me it isn’t.  Even if it was it would still be worth it!  Without further ado, I present to you…

The Best Toad in the Hole Recipe – Ever!!!

Ingredients – Milk Infusion

150ml milk

1 clove garlic – hit hard with the back of a knife, skin left on

1 spring of rosemary

1/2 spring of thyme

4 peppercorn

Directions – Milk Infusion

Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan and heat until just before the milk reaches boiling point.  You’ll notice a few tiny little bubbles appearing on the surface, that’s when to stop.

Leave to cool.  Ideally, once cooled, store it in the fridge overnight.  This can be reduced to 3 hours if you’re in a rush.

Using a sieve, strain the milk into a jug.

Top up the infused milk with fresh milk so you have 300ml in total.

Follow my award winning recipe to make the Yorkshire Pudding batter but use the pre-prepared milk.

Ingredients – Sausages

Cumberland Cocktail Sausages

I use this brand simply because I prefer to create 12 individual Toads in the Hole rather than one big one. But the decision is yours based on your preference.

Directions – Sausages

Simply brown them in a frying pan for a few minutes before dropping them into each muffin tin hole at the same time you pour the batter!

Directions – Baking

20 – 25 minutes in the oven at 220C

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There you have it!  The Best Toad in the Hole – Ever!!  In a word?  Phenomenal.  I hope you enjoy them and tell me all about it.  I love to hear from you.