Flora In The Hole
Flora wants to expand her repertoire to include Toads in the Holes,
so I consulted Nigel Slater
for ideas for enhancing my Mum's traditional version such as by wrapping the sausages in fancy hams or adding splashes of mustard.
We actually made a bit of an experiment of it and put a variety of sausages in the same hole - some plain, some skinned and wrapped in ham, and some in bacon.
We must have hit the Perla del Mar
pretty hard though,
'cos I have little memory of the outcome - I think we agreed the bacon ones were the least good. I'm not sure if we thought the pancetta was a worthwhile faff. Perhaps Flora remembers?
I thought a creamy version
of my apple-mustard sauce
would make a good accompaniment , together with roast potatoes and green beans.
Toad In The Hole
Sausage in Yorkshire pudding
you get a tastier batter if you mix half milk and half beer, and a tablespoon of wholegrain mustard helps too.
It's almost universally agreed that you need to let the batter sit for (at least) 15 minutes before you use it.
It should have the consistency of double cream - so adjust the liquid accordingly.
For a bit of variation you can skin the sausages and either turn them into little patties with the addition of herb or spices,
or you can wrap the skinned sausages in ham or bacon before laying them in the batter.
You might want to fry or roast the bacon-wrapped ones first, though.
- 2 eggs
- 125g flour
- 300ml milk
- 6 sausages
- 3 tablespoons dripping or lard
- thinly sliced prosciutto, Serrano ham, pancetta or thin streaky bacon
- 1 tbsp grainy mustard
- salt & pepper
Put the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Whisk in the eggs
and continue to whisk until just smooth. Gradually add the milk and a pinch of salt and whisk to a smooth batter.
The consistency should be that of double cream, but no thinner.
You might need to pour the batter through a strainer if it's still lumpy.
Leave to rest for at least 15 minutes.
Heat half the fat in a frying pan over a medium heat and brown the sausages on all sides.
Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
Put the remaining fat in a roasting tin and leave it in the oven until it is smoking.
With the roasting tin sitting over a low heat pour in the hot fat from the sausage pan, followed by the batter
- it will sizzle softly in the hot fat - then arrange the sausages in the batter.
Transfer the tin back into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until puffed and golden.
Traditionally served with peas and a rich onion and Madeira gravy.
Creamy Apple and Mustard Purée
The perfect accompaniment to toad in the hole.
You're on your own with the quantities though :)
- onion, peeled, diced
- apple, cored, chopped
- a little brown sugar
- water or wine
- double cream
- Dijon mustard
Heat the butter in a saucepan and sweat some chopped onion, apple and sugar until soft.
Add a little water or wine and bubble until the apple collapses, then blend to a smooth paste
Return to the pan and stir in some cream, mustard and season to taste.
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