Toad in the hole. Sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding batter.

Toad in the Hole

Sausages baked in Yorkshire Pudding batter. Serve with baked apples and carrots or baked beans for a quick meal, a definite favourite with the kids! :)

Ingredients

8 large pork or beef sausages

30 gm pork or beef dripping or lard

1 cup self raising flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/4 cups milk

1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs

Freshly ground black pepper

Method

Put the sausages in a shallow ovenproof dish or baking tin with the dripping or lard and bake in a hot oven (220 degrees C or 425 degrees F) for 5 to 10 minutes, turning the sausages occasionally to brown on all sides.

Meanwhile, make the batter. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and put in the beaten eggs and half the milk. Mix the flour into the eggs and milk, gradually drawing flour in from the sides. Stir in remaining milk and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon or wire whisk to make the batter smooth. Stir in the dried herbs and pepper to taste.

Pour the batter into the dish or tin with the sausages and continue to bake in a hot oven for a further 40 to 45 minutes or until the batter has risen and is brown and crisp. Serve immediately.

Rock cakes from 1927

Rock Cakes

These spicy little cakes are one of Hagrid’s favourites in the Harry Potter series and are a great accompaniment to a cup of hot tea.

Ingredients

1/2 lb or 225gm self raising flour (or plain/all purpose flour and 1tsp of baking powder)

3oz or 90gm each of unsalted butter

sugar

chopped currants, sultanas or raisins (or a mix)

one egg

1/2-1tsp nutmeg

1 egg and 2 teaspoons of milk mixed together

This recipe makes 10-12 cakes

Method

Preheat your oven to 220 degrees C  or 425 degrees F

Rub the flour and butter together until they look like breadcrumbs.

Add all of the other dry ingredients and mix well.

Add about half of the egg/milk mix and mix well. If it’s too dry add the rest of the mixture and form into a stiff dough. Use your hands! It’s OK to get messy in the kitchen.

Form into rough balls and place on a baking tray covered in baking paper.

Bake for 20 minutes or until they’re golden on top.