Toad In The Hole is a meal for kings and queens. A huge crowd pleaser and as English as Fish and Chips….I think. It is a big favourite at my house.
Provenance aside good winter comfort food is a very special thing and I love serving it to my family. Especially when it is something that I grew up eating too. It makes me feel quite emosh…..again. This week has been yet another hormonal roller coaster. In between feeling so tired I’m sure I’m dying and wanting to reinstall caning for not picking their socks up, this bronzed beauty has brought much needed solace. I swear to God that if I find just one more sock stuffed down the back of the frickin sofa or under the duvet my head will just explode. Why are my children such lazy ass kids????? I bet I have already clocked up 2 years just picking up stuff and flushing toilets. Sometimes it would be easier all round if I just stayed bent at the waist. Who knew some sausages nestling in a bit of well seasoned eggy batter could make such a damn difference?………….me. Well as long as I can leave the washing up. The only thing worth considering is what to serve it with. To that end I have suggested my onion gravy……..so very, very good.
Toad In The Hole Recipe.
There are a couple of simple but important points to observe here.
- I always use a roasting tray to make Toad In The Hole. The metal keeps the temperature high more efficiently. Most important if you want this baby to rise.
- I also make sure it is no smaller than 30 cm x 20 cm tin. Any smaller and the bottom of the yorkshire pudding is too thick.
The ingredients I use are completely traditional, not a scattering of thyme or a teaspoonful of mustard anywhere. I like to keep it plain but well seasoned. This is a Toad In The Hole of much batter. I love the wodginess of it but don’t undercook it.
First of all turn on that oven to 220 C/ 428 F/ Gas Mark 7. It needs to be seriously hot. Put in your baking tray with 2 tbsp olive oil and let that get smoking hot too. Fry your sausages at a high temperature just to get a little colour on them. About five minutes is sufficient.
As the sausages are browning put the dry ingredients for the yorkshire pudding in a mixing bowl or food processor and the milk and eggs in a jug.
Whisk them all together like a mad b.tch. Lumps are present at first but after 30 seconds of whisking they disappear. I also use my food processor and that is just a matter of blitzing for 20 seconds. So blinkin simples.
Take out the roasting tin and put it on the stove on a hot heat. Moving quickly tip in the sausages and pour in the yorkshire pudding. Put it back in the hot oven and bake at 220 C for about 35 minutes. Do not be tempted to open the oven door. It needs to be left completely alone.
Whilst the Toad in the Hole is cooking put the onions back into the frying pan you used to fry the sausages in. Let them cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes until they start to caramelise.
Simply sprinkle over the onions 2 tbsp of flour and mix well until you can’t see the flour anymore. Tip in the 500 mls of beef stock and bring to a simmer. Keep stirring as the gravy thickens. This will take about 2 minutes. Taste carefully for seasoning. Set aside until you are ready for it.
When very golden brown remove the Toad In The Hole from the oven. Now it will deflate sadly after about 30 seconds but I scream at everyone to come see before it loses it’s poof. The children must say “Wow” or they don’t get any pudding….
What to serve with Toad In The Hole?
If I am making this for a Sunday Lunch then I like to serve roast potatoes and vegetables. I feel it is a very worthy contender for the Sunday Lunch crown. If I am making it for a midweek tea then I tend to just serve it with baked beans or frozen petit pois and sweetcorn. Maverick I know but it is a rather filling meal. If I am serving it at lunch then I would add some wedges in there too.
Can you make Toad In The Hole Ahead?
Yes you can and I often do simply putting it back into the oven at 180 C until piping hot. It is not quite as nice or proud as freshly cooked but if it makes things easier in the week then I won’t hesitate.
I do feel here that it is important to not skimp on the seasoning. I don’t use pepper here but salt is King. I use sea salt by default and a packet or tube sits permanently next to my hob but table salt is fine. It is obviously too late to season once the batter goes in the oven but I sometimes fry a little spoon of batter in a spare pan to taste the seasoning.
Gluten Free Toad In The Hole
Substitute the flour for gluten free flour and the sausages for gluten free sausages.
Toad In The Hole
Toad In The Hole is a meal for kings and queens. A huge crowd pleaser and is a big favourite at my house. Perfect for a midweek meal or Sunday Lunch.
- 8 quality sausages
- 4 medium eggs
- 300 mls milk
- 5 grams sea salt
- 225 grams plain flour
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion cut into half moons
- 2 tbsps flour
- 500 mls beef stock strong- I use 1 1/2 stock cubes/pot
Preheat the oven to 220 C/ 428 F/ Gas Mark 7. Put 2 tbsps olive oil in the tin and put the tin in the oven to heat up and get smoking hot. Measure out your flour and salt into a large mixing bowl or food processor. Mix the eggs and milk together in a jug.
Put the sausages in a very hot frying pan and brown for a couple of minutes all you want is to get some colour on them.
Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry. Don't worry if lumps form just keep whisking and they will disappear. If using a food processor then whizz for twenty seconds or so.
When the tin is smoking hot about 10 mins after the oven reached 220 C then get it out and put it onto the hob on a high heat. Put the sausages in the tin and moving quickly pour in the yorkshire pudding batter.
Put back in the hot oven and bake it for approx 35 minutes and deeply golden brown. Do not open the oven door for anything.
Meanwhile put the onions back in the frying pan that the sausages were browned in. and caramelise over a low heat for about 15 minutes. They should start to go a deep brown colour. Sprinkle in the flour and mix through until you can't see it anymore. Add the beef stock and mix well.
Bring the onion and beef stock up to a simmer and stir whilst it starts to thicken. Allow to bubble away for a couple of minutes. Set aside until you are ready for it.
Remove the Toad In The Hole from the oven and serve hot smothered in onion gravy.
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Make sure your oven is 220 C. It needs to be able to stay scorchio.
Don't skimp on the salt.
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