Toad in the Hole is a very common dish in England. It utilizes the humble British banger and a Yorkshire Pudding batter. This is a real comfort dish that kids will love to eat and help create.
Pre-heat the oven to 450 f. In a oven proof dish place a little olive oil and the sausages. Put this pan in the oven for about seven minutes until the sausages begin to brown. We used some wild boar sausages from the supermarket and our own homemade Cambridgeshire sausages (blog to follow).
Whilst the sausages are browning, make your batter. In a bowl mix three eggs with 115 grams of flour then add a pinch of salt and 285 ml of milk. Mix until combined and then let it stand at room temperature until needed.
For a slight variation you can add fresh herbs to the batter. We used thyme and tarragon.
Remove the sausages from the oven and place the pan on a medium heat so that it keeps very hot.
Then pour in the batter in one quick stream and quickly return the pan to the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Despite the temptation..do NOT open the oven door.
Once cooked, remove and while still hot portion and serve with delicious gravy and in our case, the first jumbo asparagus of 2013.
We ate this on a very snowy and cold New England night. It was perfect with a glass of red wine. The mix of the two sausages complimented each other. This English classic staple will certainly make another appearance in our house.