Gluten-free Toad-in-the-Hole/ Sausage Toad/ Yorkshire Puddings

22 May

Goodness knows how this classic British dish got its name?! Anyway, it always was a favourite of mine, until I became gluten-free and it seemed impossible to turn out anything other than flat little doughy pancakes instead of Yorkshire puddings- ones that never did seem quite cooked in the middle!

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The good news is that a little bird recently told me the secret to getting perfect Yorkshires every time. So I thought it was about time to test the theory and see if it would also turn out a good Toad-in-the-Hole. You may also omit the sausages in order to make Yorkshire puddings. You can either make a giant one, or pour a small amount of oil into the bottom of each patty in a patty pan to make individual ones. I actually think the individual Yorkshires are the best, they rise so high- they are better than any I ever made with wheat flour!

Ingredients

  • 12 thin sausages (find a brand which works for you, as everyone has different preferences)
  • 3 eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • 100g cornflour
  • a little oil for greasing
  • salt & pepper to season

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C and then put your sausages in a large tin or dish to start browning. It must have deep sides, so not a baking sheet as you want this to rise as much as possible! It’s a good idea to put a little oil in the pan so they don’t stick and then, neither will your batter when you add it. I gave my sausages a 20 minute head start as they were cook from frozen ones.
  2. Meanwhile make your batter. Whisk together the eggs, milk and cornflour as briskly with a balloon whisk as possible until well combined, no lumps. A good few minutes is best. Add a little salt and pepper to season. You can do this by hand, no problems. You might over-whisk if you use an electric mixer.
  3. Pour into your baking tin/ dish. Your oil must be really hot so make sure it has been in at least 10 minutes!
  4. Set the timer for 30 minutes, it may need slightly longer if your dish is deeper. DO NOT OPEN YOUR OVEN! Not even if tempted. If it has a window you may look through to see it rising.
  5. Et voila, it really is that easy. How’s that for a cheap, tasty and filling gluten-free supper? I served mine with vegetables and gravy.
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