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How to Make Toad in the Hole

How to Make Toad in the Hole

Toad in the hole is the ultimate winter warming supper, and a firm favourite in many British households. The delicious dinner comprises of crisp batter surrounding fat pork or meat-free vegetarian sausages; what could be better in the bitter cold of winter? It may take some time to make, but this dish is well worth it to impress your family with some good old homely cooking.

Ingredients

  • 300ml (1/2 pint) of Milk
  • 4 Large Free Range Eggs
  • 115g of Plain Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 8 Good Quality Pork, Beef or Vegetarian Sausages
  • 2 tbsp of Fresh Thyme
  • 2 tbsp of Beef Dripping or White Vegetable Fat
  • 2 tbsp of Dijon Mustard

Equipment

  • Sieve
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Jug
  • Whisk
  • Large Non-Stick Frying Pan
  • Pastry Brush
  • Oven-Proof Dish

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  1. Make the batter by sifting flour into a large mixing bowl, and then mixing in salt and black pepper. In the centre of the flour, make a well and crack in two eggs.
  2. Gradually beat the eggs into the flour. Slowly incorporate the milk whilst beating, until the batter is thick; similar to the consistency of double cream.
  3. Strain the batter through a sieve to remove any lumps, and then stir in thyme leaves. Leave to stand for 30 minutes. If you’re preparing dinner even further in advance, allow the batter to stand for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C or gas mark 6). Find a large non-stick pan and cook your sausages on a medium heat, until golden brown. Take the sausages off the heat and brush over with mustard, before setting aside.
  5. Spoon the fat into an ovenproof dish and heat for about five minutes in the oven, or until the fat is very hot and sizzling.
  6. Take the dish out of the oven and carefully place in the sausages. Immediately pour in the rested batter and return the dish to the oven to cook for between 35 and 40 minutes, or until the batter is well risen, crisp and golden brown in appearance.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve with your favourite veggies and lots of gravy!
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