Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Toad in the hole - a work in progress

 
I am going to get this right if it kills me. Toad in the hole is supposed to be a simple little dish of batter pudding, with sausages embedded in it. But try as I might if it rises it doesn't brown evenly, or it just doesn't rise, or my dish is too big so the batter doesn't fill it properly.

Still tastes good though. I use nice, meaty sausages, and embed chunks of black pudding and onion into it as well. Even dodgy batter soaks up gravy nicely.



13 comments:

Joanne said...

If at first you dont' succeed, try try again! Looks great to me!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

I've been meaning to try my hand at toad in the hole, but haven't as of yet. I love the concept, though! And it looks delicious.

Nicki said...

It never looks good when I do it either. Usually goes down well though :) Keep trying but it's meant to be 'rustic' isn't it!?

The Cat's Mother said...

Do you have the baking dish really really hot before you add the batter?

ARLENE said...

Your dish looks wonderful (though black pudding scares me a bit). I often make toad in the hole for breakfast, but my Italian-American version is a very pedestrian bread with a hole in it into which you crack an egg and fry on both sides. Certainly not as complex, but I love hearing about different cultures' takes on the same-named dish.

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Looks like a fun thing to try to master, you get to eat all the works in progress along the way, it's a win-win!

Foodycat said...

Joanne - that's my motto!

Heather - it really is a lovely meal.

Nicki - anything that holds gravy is good.

Mother - yes, absolutely blistering.

Arlene - I've had that version too. I can't remember what we used to call it though.

Chris - it has its compensations!

tori said...

Still looks pretty great to me... have you tried changing up the fats in the baking dish to help get the heat higher for a good puff?

souperior said...

Two words for you: Metal Tin.

Seriously, I have never had a good 'toad' from a glass or enamel dish, metal all the way baby!

Mary said...

I love the idea of this dish. I made it once years ago and really enjoyed it. I think the recipe I used belonged to Nigella Lawson. Yours looks better than hers. Kudos...Mary

Angie Schneider said...

This is hearty and satisfying!

grace said...

this is something i wouldn't mind messing up again and again, for even the mess-ups are delicious!

Annes S said...

I make awful toad in the hole. Have tried a lot of recipes and still varies halfway between a soggy omelette or oven charrings!

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