Gracie Fields’ Toad in the Hole

Ee by gum!  Mr Rathbone had the choice of anything he wanted for his pre birthday dinner and he selected Toad in the Hole.  Last time I made this for him I did Vincent Price’s recipe but this time I chose our Gracie’s – seen below in all its splendour.

In the spirit of turning over a new leaf for the new year I am going to try and post more of the recipes on the blog in 2014.  So here we go with a flashy new plugin…

Gracie Fields' Toad In the Hole
Serves 4
Gracie says: "Ee by gum it's champion!"
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Ingredients
  1. 4 oz flour
  2. pinch salt
  3. 2 eggs
  4. just under 1/2 pint milk
  5. 1 dessertspoon cold water
  6. 1 oz dripping
  7. 1/4 lb chipolata sausages
Instructions
  1. Sieve flour and salt together into bowl, hollow out centre and break eggs into it. Stir, gradually mixing in flour and adding half the liquid. Beat well for 8 minutes and then stir in remaining milk and water. Leave to stand for an hour.
  2. Skin sausages. Heat dripping in fireproof dish in oven. Pour in the battter and arrange sausages on top.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes in a hot oven (425 deg F - Regulo 7). Stand dish on a heated baking tray while cooking, if you like, to make the batter really brown and crispy underneath.
Notes
  1. Written exactly as per Gracie's instructions.
  2. If you need metric or cup measurements, I find this site very good - http://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/cooking/ and if you do a lot of conversions, Delora Jones' book Measurements for Cooking is superb - http://www.glencoehouse98.freeserve.co.uk/measurementsforcooking.htm
  3. I used LARD rather than dripping (equally old skool I thought).
Adapted from Gracie Fields' Home Cook Book (free with Woman magazine)
Adapted from Gracie Fields' Home Cook Book (free with Woman magazine)
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Whaddya reckon?  Sorry I don’t have time at the mo to do ingredient conversions.  Might come back to that. Luckily Mr R’s scales have ounces as well as metric so I did it old skool.

I bought two types of sausage as I wasn’t sure which Mr R would like, we decided on three of each – oh yum!

The verdict?  Absolutely delicious. 

Thanks Gracie – your no nonsense TITH rocks.

2 Responses to “Gracie Fields’ Toad in the Hole”

  1. Sally - My Custard Pie 07. Jan, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    Champion.

    • Jenny 07. Jan, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      Champion indeed!

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