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British Toad in the Hole

A British classic! And perfect in a wood oven. This is my ‘go-to’ batter that doubles up for Yorkshire Puddings (which, incidentally, are also magnificent cooked in the wood oven.)

 Jon Finch   Winter 2022 Join us on        @thebbqmag

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I like to use a measuring jug to mix all the ingredients. Add each one until the amount is level with each 250ml increment. It saves faffing about with scales. Alternatively, you can measure each ingredient out into a US measuring cup, using 1 level cup of each.
This recipe makes one large toad-in-the-hole or 12 individual Yorkshire puddings in a muffin tray.




British Toad in the Hole

Oil, for greasing

4 large eggs

120g/1 level cup plain flour

250ml/1 level cup milk

8 sausages or 12 chipolatas


Medium Hot 

To serve:

Mashed potato

Onion gravy




1. Gently mix all the ingredients together until just combined. (Don’t overmix the batter, or the gluten in the flour will activate too much and your Yorkshire

pudding will not rise.)

2.  Put the batter in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but ideally a couple of hours.

3. Preheat a cast-iron tray (ideally, a round one so you can spin it as it cooks).

4. Lightly oil the tray. Add the sausages and slide back into the oven.

5. Turn the sausages every few minutes until browned all over. (They do not need 

to be cooked through in the middle at this point.)

6. Carefully pour in the batter and return the dish to the oven.

7. Rotate every 5 minutes or so until the batter has puffed up and turned a lovely golden brown.

8. Insert a toothpick unto the batter to check it is cooked all the way through (the toothpick should come out clean).

9. Slice and serve with a big pile of mashed potato and lashings of onion gravy.

Wood Fired Feast by Jon Finch, GMC Publications, RRP £25, available online & from all good bookshops


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