Here’s a recipe i’m super excited about: Actifry Toad In The Hole!
A couple of weeks ago i was planning out which Actifry recipes to cook for the blog and it got me thinking outside the box of traditional ‘frying’ recipes. I think the Actifry is a great tool to make cooking your favourite things easier and quicker.
Toad in the hole is a classic British dinner which has a soft spot in most peoples hearts I think! I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love toad in the hole – however i’ve met lots of people who haven’t successfully cooked one!
There are some key rules to stick to when making Yorkshire puddings and toad in the hole and even when you crack them – it’s a little bit of an effort to cook!
This toad in the hole recipe results in a really nice crisp crust with a soft, cake-like inner – perfect!
Converting my classic Toad In The Hole recipe to be Actifry friendly means its so much easier to cook and quite a bit safer actually! I wouldn’t ever trust a teen or inexperienced cook to handle the spitting hot oil required to make them rise in the oven – however, in the Actifry the whole process felt much safer!
This is the second time I have made this recipe, the first time I tried with plain flour (which is standard when cooking in the oven) and it didn’t rise as much as i’d like – but otherwise was very tasty.
Whilst this recipe probably uses more oil then you usually would in an Actifry dinner (1 tbsp + the oil which comes out of the sausgaes) it’s still A LOT less than you’d use if you were cooking in the oven – enjoy the treat!
Please let me know if you try this recipe and tag me @hintofhelen on Instagram and Facebook!
How to make Toad in The Hole in an Actifry Air Fryer
Scroll down for printable recipe and ingredient list.
1. Add your sausages and 1 tbsp oil to the Actifry – with your paddle in. Turn it on and cook for 5-8 minutes – until the sausages are LIGHTLY browned and the pan hot
2. Whilst the sausages are cooking, put all the Yorkshire pudding ingredients in a mixing bowl
3. Whisk until smooth and set aside whilst the sausages cook
4. Fold a piece of tin foil ready to replace the paddle (photo will explain below!)
5. Once your sausages are slightly browned (this depends how browned you like your sausages, the tops of them will cook for a further 20 minutes, so 5 minutes will be enough – if you like very browned sausages, cook for 10 minutes at this stage) open the lid and do the next couple of steps quite quickly! (Also – the oil in the pan has come from the sausages – keep it in the pan, it is needed to help the batter to rise).
6. Use a tea towel or oven mitts to remove the hot paddle, then replace the paddle with the tinfoil you folded earlier – try to fill the hole, so your batter doesn’t leak through.
8. Arrange your sausages evenly in the pan
9. Then pour over your Yorkshire pudding batter – pour until it reaches the top of the hole in the middle of the Actifry then stop – don’t over fill the pan or it may leak into the Actifry itself which won’t be fun to clean up! If you have leftover batter you can put it in the fridge and use it to make Yorkshire puddings the following day!
10. Close the lid and cook for a further 20 minutes. Bare in mind that the area closest to the machine tends to cook a bit quicker, don’t open the lid whilst the batter is rising or it’ll sink – instead peak through the plastic gap
11. After the 20 minutes your batter should be cooked, risen and crisp to touch – if it needs longer, pop the lid back down and cook for longer.
12. Once cooked, remove from the Actifry pan using a plastic spatula – I didn’t manage to get it out in one piece, but you might be able to manage it if you have a slightly bigger model I think!
- 8 of your favourite sausages
- 1 Tbsp Oil
Yorkshire Pudding Ingredients
- 140g self raising flour (this is about 200ml/7fl oz)
- 4 eggs
- 200ml milk
- Add the sausages to the Actifry with the oil and cook for 5-8 minutes, with the paddle in, until they're slightly browned and the pan and oil are hot
- Whilst the sausages are cooking, mix the Yorkshire pudding ingredients in a mixing bowl using a whisk or fork until smooth
- After 5-8 minutes, remove the paddle using a tea-towel or oven mitts, and replace with tin foil (see images above) making sure to cover the gap so the batter can't leak through. I tend to take the pan out, put the foil under, then put the pan back in - try not to take too long at this step though as you want the oil to remain as hot possible.
- Arrange the sausages evenly in the pan
- Pour the batter over the sausages, up to the top of the center hole
- Close the lid and cook for a further 20 minutes (or until crisp and risen)
- Once cooked, serve with gravy and mashed potatoes!
I'd avoid 'low fat' sausages as the additional oil which comes out of normal sausages will help the batter to cook and rise. Whilst it might look like a lot of oil in the Actifry, it is significantly less oil than you'd use to make them traditionally in the oven.