Toad in the Hole

Serves 4

Crispy puffed up Yorkshire Pudding encasing a few good plump, meaty sausages makes a great family meal.

The trick to getting the pudding batter to billow up is to make sure you heat the fat in the tray, in which it is to be cooked. The fat should be smoking when you pour in the batter, this way it starts to cook immediately enabling a good rise.

Part-cooking the sausages before adding them to the batter ensures that they don’t look anaemic – you want shiny brown burnished ‘toads’ to make it look appetising.

Served with a rich gravy this is sure to be a winner.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 125g plain flour
  • 150ml milk mixed with 150ml cold water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 fat, herby pork sausages
  • 3 tbsp dripping, lard or sunflower oil

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Method

Whisk together the eggs, flour, milk and seasoning, making sure you beat out any little lumps of flour. The consistency should be like ordinary double cream, but no thinner. Leave the batter to rest for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 220C / 425F / Gas 7.

Fry the sausages until they are nicely browned all over and almost cooked through.

Put the dripping, lard or sunflower oil in a roasting tin, put it in the oven until it becomes smoking hot

Carefully remove the tin from the oven and pour in the batter – it will start to sizzle slightly in the hot fat – then arrange the sausages in the batter.

Place the tin back into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until puffed and golden.

Serve with gravy and your favourite vegetable.

SAUSAGES There are plenty of really good sausage producers on The Artisan Food Trail all using British pork or beef. Many rear their own animals or work closely with farms with good practices. Samphire is a smallholding in South Norfolk and rear rare breed pigs especially Saddlebacks and Gloucester Old Spots. They make range of delicious sausages. Oakley Grange Farm, again a small farm in Leicestershire, rearing animals to organic standards produce a sausage range. Town End Farm Shop produce the ‘Wildman No.4’ sausage. You can find a range of sausages on the butchery counter at The Hungry Guest in Sussex. For something extra special try a wagyu beef sausage from The Yorkshire Wagyu Company. The Blackface Meat Company produce succulent Pork, Wild Boar & Apple sausages.

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