This is the sad tale of how Dog lost his fight against Toad.
Settle down, enjoy…
I have a thing about Toad In The Hole, I’ve loved it since I was little, you never see it on menus and I would like to eat more of it. I regularly attempt to make it at home.
For some reason I think it goes well with cauliflower cheese, so set myself a huge challenge by trying to make the two of them at the same time.
In the same kitchen.
I’ve learnt from past mistakes that you need to fry the sausages a bit before putting them into the batter, otherwise they ooze into the mixture while cooking and keeping it from going crispy.
Getting home I found my sausages hadn’t defrosted so I quickly popped them into a bowl of boiling water (don’t ask me why I didn’t use the microwave)
- I prepped the batter so it had time to settle
- I steamed the cauliflower florets
- I made a cheese sauce to die for using butter, flour, milk, mustard and grated cheddar without even thinking about it – go me!
- I put a dish of oil into the oven to heat up and got a frying pan on the go
Time to fry off the sausages.
Did you know that dumping hot wet sausages into hot wet fat sets the pan alight and nearly burns down your kitchen? No? Well you do now, and so do I.
Anyway – as soon as I had managed to put the flames out, turned the smoke alarm off and stopped my child from crying (what price Toad in the Hole huh?) I took a look at my sausages. Here they are:
- I put the sausages in the dish of hot oil
- Poured over the batter mix
- Added the cheese sauce to the cauliflower and put some grated cheese over the top
- Popped both dishes in the oven
- Set about cleaning the smoke damage off the tiled splashback with a steam cleaner (honestly)
Here is the finished dish:
Sadly yes the batter inside the Toad in the Hole stayed flabby, and probably a bit raw too, which my husband suggested was possibly dangerous? I replied that dancing around the kitchen with a pan of burning bangers had been slightly more hazardous but anyway…
My beautiful cheese sauce had separated on cooking, turning into hot milk and yellow lumps. The sausages after being defrosted in boiling water and then cast into the flames had taken on a bitter/off tang and yes the batter was unsafe. But the cauliflower was edible. So we had that.
The dog took up the challenge and had the rest. Here is a picture:
And then exactly four hours later he threw it all back up again.
(Burnt sausages, cheese lumps and flabby toad in the hole all over the floor, and looking remarkably like it had when I’d served it up in the first place).
But funnily enough I didn’t take a picture of that.