For my May recipes I thought I would go for a toad in the hole and spotted dick recipe. I chose toad in the hole as it is not very widely known outside the UK and I thought this would be a good chance for other countries to give it a try.
For my pudding I don’t really like it but it is very popular on a Sunday round at your grans after a Sunday dinner. These meals are not very light on the tummy but with summer fast approaching this could be the last of the winter favourites.
Toad In The Hole Recipe:
6 Large Sausages
8 Cherry Tomatoes
2 tbsp Of Sunflower Oil
2 Large Beaten Eggs
110g Of Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Of Salt
300ml Of Milk
1. Sieve the flour and the salt into a large mixing bowl. Make the batter for the toad in the hole by stirring in the beaten eggs. Then make a smooth past by adding a little amount of the milk. depending on taste use full fat, skimmed or semi skimmed milk.
2. Beat in the remaining milk until the batter mixture looks like un-whipped double cream and small bubbles are formed on the surface.
3. Set aside the batter for between 30 minutes – one hour.
4. Fry or grill the sausages to part cook them and any fat will be drained away here not in your batter later for about ten minutes over a low heat. This will remove any excess fat from the sausages and give them a lighter colour.
5. When ready to make the toad in the hole recipe preheat the oven to 220C or gas mark 7.
6. Add the cooking oil to either four individual round tins or a large roasting tin. Heat in the oven until it gets hot and the oil starts to smoke. Remove from the oven.
7. Quarter each sausage and spread out into the roasting tin.
8. Place the cherry tomatoes or onions if you prefer but anything can be used depends on your tastes between the sausages.
9. Place the roasting tin into the hot oven for five minutes then remove and pour on the toad in the hole batter mixture.
10.Return the roasting tin to the hot oven and cook the toad in the hole for at least 15 minutes. Small individual portions will cook quicker so the large roasting tin may take some time.
11. The batter mixture should have risen and be crispy to indicate that the toad in the hole is cooked and ready to serve and eat.
12. Try not to delay serving the toad in the hole because the Yorkshire pudding will deflate and go soggy.
Spotted Dick Recipe:
8 oz Self-Raising Flour
4 oz Shredded Suet
8 oz Currants Or Raisins
150ml Cold Water
1 oz Sugar
1 Pinch salt
2. Roll into a long cylindrical shape that is about 8 inches long. Carefully place the rolled pastry into a small pan that is close to 8 inches diameter as possible.
3. Place this smaller pan into a larger one then fill the larger pan with boiling water – but do not fill so that the water spills into the smaller pan. This is to make a steamer to ‘steam’ the pudding.
4. Put on the lid to the larger pan and steam for about 2¼ hours- making sure that the water is topped up in the outer pan with boiling water.
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