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It’s that time of year when the good hearty meals appear and this is one of them. Served with baked beans and other vegetables, you don’t necessarily need any other carbohydrate.

Ingredients

50g plain flour per person

1 egg per 50g of flour

Seasoning, milk or water

2 – 4 sausages per person

A little oil

Method

With the low rack in the bowl, preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

1. Place the flour and seasoning in a bowl and mix together. Make a small depression in the centre of the flour.

2. Break the egg(s) into the depression in the flour and beat well.

3. Add enough milk and / or water to make quite a thick batter.

4. Place the bowl to one side.

To make Toad in the Hole

1. Drizzle oil into an oven-proof dish.Prick the sausages and place in the dish (big enough to allow them all to sit on the bottom of the dish).

2. Cook for 5-8 minutes, turn once during the cooking.

3. Beat the batter again and pour over the sausages.

4. Cook for 30-40 minutes, until risen well and crispy on the outside. Serve immediately.

The batter may be a little soft on the inside, but that’s fine. What really makes a good Toad in the Hole is the sausages, go for the best you can afford and this will be great. I quite often just have this with baked beans, but you can serve whatever you like with it. You don’t need any potatoes, pasta or rice, although if the weather is very cold and you’re just back from a very long walk, then why not? Small jacket potatoes with lots of butter would be wonderful.

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