It won’t have escaped your attention that I am a bit involved with Comic Relief this year. And also a lover of food. In fact if you don’t know those two facts about me you are clearly new. And won’t know that it is Mummy Barrow law that newbies send me biscuits. (Ed’s note: Get on with it Barrow).
Oh yes. Right. So given that I am a huge fan of cooking and Comic Relief I was chuffed to bits when HomeSense asked if I would like one of their Henry Holland aprons (you can either nip along to your nearest HomeSense or buy one online). Good job really as I am not known for being terribly tidy when I cook.
HomeSense are running a campaign this Red Nose Day called #RaiseSomeDough and so they asked if I would like to get involved. Helpfully this coincided with National Yorkshire Pudding Day last weekend. And the expiry of two packets of sausages that had been lying in the fridge for a week. So whilst I am all about the sweet stuff, and red nose inspired cakes I thought I would make a toad in the hole.
Now let me let you into a secret here. I have form with Yorkshires. They are the stuff of legends in this house. And not because of their awesomeness. Oh no dear reader. Because we have had green ones (no, I have on idea either). We have had grey ones. We have Frisbee shaped ones. We have had some so hard they could have been used for discus training. So every Sunday my kids look on in dread when I serve them up, hoping above all else that I have bought them in. Aunt Bessie might as well be a real aunt given how much my kids love her for saving them from homemade hell.
I had a go a few weeks ago, I got brave since I got a new food mixer. What could possibly go wrong? Ummmm this:
Yep. They looked like little fairy cakes. So I turned them into Yaffles after throwing the batter in the waffle machine. Funny, but still virtually inedible. Even when covered in Bisto.
However, fired up by looking the part in my apron, and with a foolproof Jamie Oliver recipe I was determined to #RaiseSomeDough, well batter actually and make an edible Yorkshire Pudding in the form of Toad in the Hole. Here is my recipe, with a few additional ingredients:
- One Henry Holland Red Nose Day Apron
- 100g flour
- 1 egg
- Pinch of salt
- 300ml milk
- 8 sausages
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 tbs grainy mustard
- 1 onion, cut into wedges
- Tip flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the mustard powder with the pinch of salt.
- Make a well in the centre, crack in the egg, then pour in a dribble of milk.
- Stir with a wooden spoon, gradually incorporating some of the flour, until you have a smooth batter in the well.
- Now add a bit more milk and continue stirring until all the milk and flour has all been mixed together.
- Set aside for half an hour
- In the meantime preheat your oven to 220 degrees / gas mark 7 and add a large rectangular pan with the oil in the base and cook sausages and chopped onions for about 20 minutes until brown.
- Turn sausages and return to oven for five minutes
- Now this is the trick to a fine Yorkshire. That oil has to be the hottest thing on earth when you pour the batter in so I pull the oven shelf out and tip the batter in immediately. And then slam the door shut. You do not want the oil to cool down even a little bit by taking it out.
- Cook for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
Ta dah. Not bad, hey?
Oh and here is the obligatory shot of me mid baking just to prove I actually made it
I think you will agree that looks vaguely edible, does it not? Well if I break off the burnt bits and cover the rest in gravy?
This is a collaborative post with HomeSense and the fee I am receiving for this is being used to kickstart various friend’s dancing efforts at Wembley in March