I start this post with a confession: Week Seven of my cooking challenge was delayed for a week. Naughty I know, but I had a birthday and all sorts of eating out fun last week, which made it rather difficult to sneak in a new recipe. Perhaps I ought to try to get two new recipes into Week 8 to make up for this?
To make up for the lateness of Week Seven, I decided to attempt something that I have wanted to try for ages: Toad in the Hole. It is one of my all-time-favourite dishes and when the very lovely Emma Lemonade offered to send me a tried and tested recipe, I had no choice but to give it a go. Emma got the recipe from the Good Housekeeping Cookery Book and I couldn't believe how simple it appeared. Essentially, it was a case of cook sausages, make batter, add batter to sausages and roast!
More specifically, it went like this:
2 tablespoons oil
450g (1 lb) good quality pork sausages. (I used Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Pork and Caramelised Red Onion Sausages and they were flipping delicious!)
125g (4oz) plain flour
300ml (half a pint) milk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or thyme (I used thyme)
1. Heat the oil in a small roasting tin on the hob, tilting the tin to oil the sides. Add the sausages and place in the oven at 220°C (gas mark 7) for 10 minutes, or until the sausages are browned and the fat is very hot.
2. Meanwhile, make the batter. Sift the flour into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs with a little of the milk. Whisk the eggs and the milk together, gradually incorporating the flour to make a paste. Beat in the remaining milk and herbs to make a smooth batter. (On Emma's advice I did this bit using a handheld electric blender, which I think saved a lot of arm-ache!)
3. Reduce the oven temperature to 200°C (gas mark 6). Pour the batter into the roasting tin around the sausages and cook for a further 30-35 minutes, or until the batter is well risen, golden and crisp.
Because it is just hubby and me here, I halved all the ingredients to make my Toad in the Hole and used a small roasting tray. I served it up with two of my favourite veggies - carrots and broccoli - and lashings of gravy.
Here's the obligatory piccie:
Unfortunately, after this picture was taken, the batter sunk a bit around the sausages. If anyone has any tips on stopping this from happening, please let me know.
Even after the sinking, this recipe gets a massive thumbs up from me. It was simple to make, delicious and perfect for the autumn. This is reflected in the scores:
8/10 from Hubby - he was more disappointed than I was by the sinking, but still loved this recipe. The choice of sausage went down well too.
9/10 from me. I just love Toad in the Hole!
I'd like to say a big thank you to Emma Lemonade for sharing this recipe with me. If you have any fabulous autumnal recipes you think I should try, I'd love to hear from you too!