No one knows why this dish is called ‘toad in the hole’, but is is possibly due to the sausages poking out of the batter, looking a little like a toad sticking its head out of a hole! Who knows, anyway it is easy to make and delicious.
125g self raising or plain flour
salt and ground black pepper
2 large eggs
300ml milk and water, mixed
8 fat, good quality sausages
Sift the flour into a large bowl with the seasoning. Crack the eggs into the bowl. Then start whisking the mixture together, adding the milk in a slow steady stream, to make a smooth batter. Cover and set aside.
Place the sausages and oil n a large ovenproof dish and cook at 200C for 20min or until golden brown. Then carefully pour the batter into the dish over the sausages. Be CAREFUL it is hot! Return the dish to the oven and cook for another 20min or until the batter is puffed up and golden. Serve hot with lots of mashed potato, onion gravy and tomato ketchup.
Did you know? Sausages are usually made from a mixture of pork, cereals , herbs and spices.The mixture is then piped into a casing which keeps them in shape as they cook. There are thought to be more than 470 different types of sausages in the UK alone!
As they cook the sausage skins shrink and tighten, this can cause them to burst or explode, hence the name ‘bangers’!