A lot may gasp in horror at the thought of making this from scratch as some people have mixed results with the traditional Yorkshire pud recipe. This however, is my favourite easier than easy recipe that has never failed me and can be whisked up and in the oven before you can say "freezer aisle" and therefore an ideal recipe to enter into the Co-Operative Winter warmer recipe competition. (click on the hyperlink if you'd like to enter your recipes too)
So gather up some simple storecupboard ingredients, and get cracking...
1 cup plain flour and 1 tbsp SR Flour (the SR gives it the extra 'boost' and it'll come up extra, extra fluffy)
1 cup milk (I use semi skimmed)
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
sprinkle of sea salt
4 sausages of your preference - I like to use vegetarian sausages, but you can use any kind you like
a suitable pan; I use a 7" square cake tin
Firstly, pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees/200 degrees fan, then add the oil to the pan. Put in the sausages and pop into the oven to cook for 15 minutes.
Next, sieve together the cup of plain flour with the tbsp of SR flour, add the three eggs and the cup of milk. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and give a good whisk 'til nice and fluffy.
After 15 minutes, the pan with the sausages in the oil should be nice and hot, so carefully remove from the oven and pour in the batter mix. This should sizzle when you pour into the oil to ensure you get a good fluffy rise from your pud.
Put back into the oven to cook for another 40 minutes and you will then have one huge, fluffy toad in the hole to warm your cockles.
This recipe really does produce ginormous puds!
I usually serve with mashed potato and onion gravy, but an accompaniment of any root veg or roast potatoes is just as comforting on a chilly winters night.
All that's needed for the rest of the evening is a comfy spot on the sofa in front of the fire , a throw to huddle under and the telly remote control...warm on the inside and warm on the outside...
*This post is my entry into the Winter Warmer Recipe competition at www.coopelectricalshop.co.uk*