Swaddled toad in the hole

It’s cold outside so a toad in the hole needs a blanket to keep him cosy. The sausages are wrapped in streaky bacon in my toad in the hole to make the dish even more substantial and warming on a cold, dark night.

We had this for tea last night with peas and onion gravy and it was very good indeed.

You can also use pancetta or parma ham to wrap the sausages.  The batter is the one I use for my yorkshire puddings.

8 sausages
4 rashers of streaky bacon
100g (4oz) plain flour
2 eggs
225ml (8 fl oz) milk
a little lard or oil


Cut each bacon rashers in half and stretch slightly.  Wrap a rasher around each sausage.  Place into a large rectangle baking dish (mine measures 32cm x 23cm) with the lard or oil and place in a preheated oven at 200°c (gas mark 6) for five minutes so that the oil gets hot.

In the meantime measure the flour into a bowl or large jug, make a well in the centre and add the eggs and a little of the milk and whisk to a smooth batter, add the rest of the milk and mix well.  The batter should be the consistency of single cream.  You won’t need salt if you are using bacon but if you aren’t using bacon you may need a pinch of salt in the batter.

Fetch the sausages out of the oven and pour the batter evenly over.  Place back into the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes until everything is golden.

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