If the weather is anything like it is here where you are then you'll be in the mood for comfort food. Wind, rain, snow and hail can dampen even the most optimistic of peoples' spirits and after a long, miserable January day back at work I'm always hankering for something easy, warm and filling for my dinner.
To me, Toad in the Hole is a classic. My whole family always had smiles on their faces when we heard that we were having it for tea; who doesn't love sausages? And Yorkshire pudding? Together? Oh wow. And since moving in with S, we've enjoyed this delicious meal a few times, so I thought I'd share my recipe (which is a mixture of several that I've tried and tested) for anyone else out there who loves it - or who has never tried it before!
Ingredients (serves 3 people, or 2 with MASSIVE appetites)
6 sausages of your choice
125g plain flour
Salt & pepper
Oil (I prefer to use FryLight as there is so much fat in sausages already)
Pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees/gas mark 8
Oil a large, deep baking tray and place your sausages in, evenly spaced
Cook the sausages for around 15 minutes or until golden
Whilst cooking the sausages, mix together the rest of your ingredients in a bowl
Add a teaspoon (or two, depending on how spicy you like your food) of mustard and season with salt and pepper to taste
Once the sausages have turned golden, remove the tray from the oven and pour the batter mix in
(It should sizzle as you pour it in, just like it would with a Yorkshire pud)
Return the baking tray to the oven and cook for a further 20-30 minutes or until golden and risen
Serve with whatever you like! We always go for a mountain of veggies and either some mash or roasties and, of course, lashings of gravy!