Sweet Banana Toad in the Hole with caramel gravy

Sweet Banana Toad in the Hole with caramel gravy. Image credit: Chef Petrus

Sweet banana toad-in-the-hole with caramel gravy, thanks to Chef Petrus

A sweet twist on classic British comfort food, banana toad-in-the-hole is especially welcome with cooler weather lurking.

Sweet Banana Toad in the Hole with caramel gravy

Sweet Banana Toad in the Hole with caramel gravy. Image credit: Chef Petrus

Winter must-haves are hot chocolate, stews, soups and sweet banana toad-in-the-hole with caramel gravy.

My toddler son loves the combination of tasty, gooey, crisp batter and sausages in the traditional savoury toad-in-the-hole. 

The batter works really well for desserts, as my friends from Yorkshire tell me, so here’s a sweet version I hope you enjoy.

Sweet banana toad-in-the-hole with caramel gravy

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Petrus Madutlela Course: DessertCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Moderate
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  • 40 g 40 butter

  • 4 4 bananas

  • 170 ml 170 milk

  • 170 g 170 plain flour

  • 3 3 eggs

  • 1 tsp 1 vanilla essence

  • 1 tbsp 1 soft brown sugar

  • For the Butterscotch Gravy
  • 100 g 100 butter

  • 140 g 140 soft brown sugar

  • 120 g 120 double cream

  • pinch of salt


  • It’s best to start by making the batter as it needs to rest, ideally for around 4 hours.
  • Sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Beat the eggs together. Make a well in the centre, and add in the eggs.
  • Stir the eggs using a wooden spoon, gradually incorporating the flour.
  • Add the milk, vanilla essence and sugar. Use a whisk to stir until the ingredients are well mixed and you have a smooth batter.
  • Leave to rest for a minimum of 30 mins, ideally 4 hours.
  • The oven needs to be very hot, so pre heat to 200°C fan, 220°C standard oven.
  • Melt the butter in an ovenproof dish or tin, coating the base.
  • Add in the bananas side by side.
  • Pour the batter around the bananas, take care
  • Place in the oven & bake for around 30 minutes, the batter should be golden brown & well risen.
  • For the Butterscotch Gravy
  • To make the butterscoth gravy, place a pan over a low heat and add all the ingredients.
  • Stir until everything has melted.
  • Remove from the heat an mix well, until consistency is smooth.
  • Cut wedges from your banana toad and serve with a drizzle of butterscotch gravy, and vanilla ice cream

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