Everybody has favourite recipes: today’s is one of my favourites.
Toad in the Hole nowadays is traditionally seen as sausages in essentially a Yorkshire Pudding batter and baked until crispy, but as recently as Mrs Beeton it was customary to use whatever bits of meat you could find. Felicity Cloake has a wonderful article on the history of the dish here. I really couldn’t do better myself, so do read it later.
I love sausages, and batter so the two together make for heaven on a plate. What this recipe does is take the basic recipe (genius enough by itself) and play with it, so that the whole concept is taken up a notch. Adding bacon, onions and mushrooms is a simple idea, but it has a big impact in terms of flavour. Served with some peas and a jug of gravy, the recipe hits all the right spots on a chilly spring day. It’s also one of my oldest family recipes. I know, because the index card it’s written on is labelled M2. In other words, it’s my second oldest recipe. A real favourite, then.
Lincolnshire Toady (serves 6)
8oz plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
10fl oz skimmed milk
10 fl oz cold water
16 lincolnshire sausages
1 onion, sliced
6oz mushrooms, sliced
8 rasher of bacon, diced.
- Preheat the oven to GM7. Put in a baking tin (approx 25cm by 30cm) with 3 tbsp oil to heat up.
- Mix up the flour, salt, eggs, milk and water to make a batter.
- Grill the sausages until browned and cooked
- Fry the onions, mushrooms and bacon until cooked but not burned.
- Put into the preheated tin. Pour over the batter.
- Place the sausages on top of the mixture.
- Bake for 35-40min until the batter has risen, become crusty and browned nicely.
- Serve with gravy, and peas or beans according to preference.
My recipe box has been through a few incarnations. This one is a photograph storage box from W H Smiths, and I’ve had it for years. It’s such a useful thing, though, since it fits absolutely loads of recipes. I used to be better at trying new recipes, and at writing out those we liked.
I’ve been time starved recently, so my menu hasn’t been stretching me recently. I think I need to start cooking ahead and only having the reheating to do at night time. Thinking smarter, not harder, yes?
And an apology for yesterday: I wasn’t here to post as we attended a family funeral of a 92 year old lady. I will write about it sometime. I know they’re sad occasions, but often they have the most hyggely moments in them.
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