A Canadian food writer's unconventional take on a classic British dish has left the UK's food-lovers in despair.

Mitchell Davis, a successful critic and chef who resides in New York, tweeted a picture of a baked egg and bread combo with the caption: "It's a #toadinthehole kind of morning. @drnategoldstein's first."

Anyone who has eaten the dish will know it typically consists of sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding and, despite the name, is really quite delicious.

Davis's recipe – a slice of bread without any meat or pastry – was something the British public was not going to stand for.

Prominent critic Jay Rayner lambasted it in the politest way possible. He said: "I've just told the great US food writer @kitchensense that describing this as toad in the hole would result in an international incident. Clearly we are divided by a common language."

One replied: "I share your outrage. It does look a bit more like an actual toad in a hole somehow though."

"Yeah this is not toad in the hole, and I've never heard anyone call it this so that's weird to me. Egg in a hole, or egg in a nest," said another.

Other Twitter users 'reimagined' other foods in the style of Davis.

Davis was unapologetic and would not back down. To North Americans toad in the hole is very different to how it is made in Britain.

His fellow Americans were happy to back him up:

If this fallout proves anything it is that when it comes to food, the UK and the US don't always see eye to eye. Hopefully our two great nations can draw a line under this and move on, right?