According to the UK’s Good Food Channel, British cuisine is all about “unfussy dishes made with quality local ingredients, matched with simple sauces to accentuate flavour, rather than disguise it.” Having moved to London myself a couple years ago, I must confess that I wasn’t entirely sure if I would ever become a fan of the British kitchen, but after taking the Eating London Food Tour, I was introduced to a whole variety of flavours I never tasted before. And enjoyed very much!
Traditional British Cuisine… with a modern twist!
One of the best things about British Cuisine for me is that it has absorbed the cultural influences of all it’s visiting and settling people and have become a master in adapting traditional recipes into innovative new dishes.
While searching for traditional British dishes, I came across one that stood out right away because of its name: “Toad in the Hole”. It consists of sausages in so-called “Yorkshire Pudding” (batter) and is usually served with vegetables and onion gravy. Sounds good, so let’s have a look at the recipe so you can make this easy meal yourself and taste a bit of the UK’s heritage!
British Cuisine Toad-in-the-Hole Recipe
What do you need?
- 140g plain flour
- 3 medium size eggs
- 300ml milk
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp vegetable/olive oil
- 8 Cumberland sausages
- 1 red onion, cut into wedges
- fresh rosemary sprigs and sage leaves
What to do?
Historici are not really sure where the name for this dish came from exactly. They suggest that it got its name because of the resemblance to a toad sticking its head out of a hole, as you might expect, but it hasn’t been proven that this is the case.
The recipe itself is quite easy to make, as long as you make sure the dish you make it in is at high temperature before adding the batter and you never open the oven while the mixture is baking.
- Heat oven to to 240C / 220C fan / gas 9
- Combine flour, eggs, milk, mustard and some salt and pepper in a bowl or food processor and mix until smooth, then rest for 30 mins.
- Brush a roasting tin (about 30x23x7.5cm) with oil, all over sides and bottom and place in the oven.
- When the roasting tin is very hot and smoking, place the sausages inside and cook for 5 minutes
- Give the rested batter a stir and pour carefully into the really hot tin.
- Sprinkle over sage leaves and rosemary sprigs (or use dried herbs if you don’t have fresh) and place the roasting tin in the middle of the oven.
- DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR FOR THE NEXT 25 mins
- After 25 minutes, check if the batter is puffed up and brown and cooked all the way through, otherwise add another 5-10 minutes.
- Serve Toad in the Hole straight from the dish.
Toad in the Hole is served best like the proper British cuisine tells you: with green beans and gravy.
As I said before, this is a very easy dish to make and it tastes really good! Especially in the Winter, this dish will warm you up and give you a bit of an idea what the Traditional British Cuisine is all about. Enjoy your Meal.