With the winter drawing-in and nights getting darker for longer, it is time to get out those recipes for comfort food dishes. A favourite of mine is Toad-in-the-Hole - simple juicy sausages encased in a huge Yorkshire pudding, just perfect to have for a large supper with a pint of beer. Give it a go tonight!

Ingredients: (serves 4)
125g plain flour
1 egg
300ml milk or milk mixed with water
500g pork sausages
8 rindless bacon rashers
2tbs vegetable oil
salt and pepper
+tin of baked beans
+mashed potatoes

  • Heat the oven to 220'C or Gas Mark 7.
  • Put the flour and a dash of salt and pepper into a bowl and then crack in the egg. Slowly whisk in the milk (and water) until the batter is smooth and frothy.
  • Separate the sausages from each other. Stretch each rasher of bacon by running the flat edge of a knife along the rasher until it is half as long again. Wrap a rasher of bacon around each sausage.
  • Pour the oil into a roasting tin and add the bacon-wrapped sausages. Cook in the oven for 5 minutes until sizzling.
  • Whisk the batter again.
  • Take the tin out of the oven and quickly pour in the batter.
  • Put the tin back in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes until the batter has risen and is golden.
  • Serve with baked beans and mashed potatoes.
Mouth-wateringly good!     


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