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How To Make Toad In The Hole

By: James Murray-White - Updated: 26 Aug 2010 | comments*Discuss
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Amongst the savoury food recipes of the UK, toad in the hole is one of the simplest and most popular. It is a fairly common meal, usually eaten as a dinner, and available in many restaurants across the country, and also commonly available as a ready meal from supermarkets and smaller shops. This dish is well known and well loved within British cooking.

Making this meal at home is simple and quick. Using the freshest ingredients ensures that this classic dish really is one of the tastiest dinners available.

The recipe for Toad in the Hole

Gather all the ingredients together, and pre heat the oven to 220 C (425 F), gas mark 7. The ingredients needed are: 100 g plain flour, a pinch of salt, 1 egg, 250 ml mix of milk and water, and some good quality sausages. Pork, beef, or even vegetarian sausages can be used, depending upon the chef’s preference.

The first step involves making a batter from the sifted flour, the salt, and the egg. Crack the egg and pour it into the centre of the flour and salt mix in a mixing bowl. Put a little of the milk and water mix into the centre of the bowl, and using a wooden spoon, mix the flour, egg and milk mixture together well to create a smooth batter.

Gradually add most of the remaining liquid; beating it together gently with the spoon until it is all mixed in, and the batter is smooth and bubbly. At this sage, pour in and stir the remaining liquid. Some chefs let the batter mixture sit at this stage, covered, for about half an hour, while others use it immediately. Different recipes say slightly different things, but in general the results are the same. Adaptation and experimentation is the key to finding and following a good recipe for a favourite meal.

Grease the dish or oven tray, and lay the sausages in. Then pour the batter mixture on top of them. Put the dish into the oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the batter has risen well and is golden in colour. Try to resist opening he oven door while the dish is cooking – allowing air in will prevent the batter from rising, and could spoil the dish. Check with a fork or a knife that the batter is light and crisp. Then serve immediately.

New Twists on Toad in the Hole

As with many of the classic British recipes, chefs and food writers are constantly reinventing this meal, and infusing the batter with herbs and spices, or beer or wine, to infuse the batter with flavour.

Also, using sausages with different ingredients, or a combination of meats or even none, is another way of experimenting with the taste.

The beauty of this recipe for toad in the hole is that it is simple, and gives a great base for experimenting. It all depends on the freshness and the initial quality of the ingredients bought and used. The ingredients for this food are simple, the cooking method is simple and straightforward, and the recipe is easy to follow. Toad in the Hole can be one of the most delicious dinners available for anyone to eat and enjoy in the UK.

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Sounds easy let's hope for the best.
jay - 26-Mar-11 @ 1:36 PM
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