Toad in the Hole
This is my all time favourite comfort food. Anytime I feel cold and weary, this fixes me right up. You can make one large family size but I prefer individual toads. I have success every time with the individual ones where I have difficulty with the larger ones.
This is the same batter I use for Yorkshire Puddings. If you like them lighter, use 1 egg, if you like them heavier, use 3 eggs. REMEMBER hot oil burns so be very careful especially if you are making a family size one which would take 20-30 minutes to cook.
6 large sausages (English Sausages or Irish USA)
These sausages are plain or just with herbs, not spicy or highly seasoned.
10 oz. milk
4 oz. flour
2 Large onions
3 Cups stock
4t. Corn flour, (corn starch USA) or flour
4t. Cold water
12 hole cupcake tin (pan USA)
The picture has only 6. Use whatever size pan suits you.
WHIZZ flour, milk, eggs and salt in blender or electric mixer or by hand ‘til smooth.
REST for at least 30 minutes (can be rested for several hours)
PINCH & TWIST sausages in the middle to make 2 small ones out of each sausage then cut in two.
You can just cut the sausages in half. They won’t look as good but will still taste yummy.
POUR a teaspoon or so, of oil in each cup of a 12-hole cupcake tin/pan.
PLACE one of the small sausages in each cup.
BAKE sausages in a hot oven for about 10 minutes.
REMOVE from the oven and pour batter into each cup.
Fill to 1/3 or ½. It is very important that the oil in the cup is piping hot. The batter should sizzle when it hits the oil.
RETURN to a very hot oven 400 F, 200C, gas 6 quickly for 15-20 minutes until brown and crispy on the outside.
It will not rise if the oil is not hot enough.
FRY onion slices on medium heat for about 5 minutes until they are translucent and soft.
MIX Corn flour (Corn starch) or flour with the water to a thin paste, in a heatproof jug.
POUR a little of the hot gravy mixture into the corn flour mixture and mix thoroughly.
POUR the Corn flour mixture back into the gravy, raise the heat and boil 10 minutes until gravy is slightly thickened.
Or feel free to make gravy in your own way.
TASTE and season and keep warm to serve.
Toad in the hole is traditionally served with mashed potatoes and peas.