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This is a traditional British dish. A hearty food, well suited for the cold weather. You will use the same ingredients as the Yorkshire puddings dish for the batter mix. But rather than making a side dish this can be used as a main to go with sides such as mashed potato (I will be posting a recipe for my favourite soon) or Smacked Up Potatoes (my own recipe for great tasting potatoes which will follow soon). Also maybe some vegetables and gravy, I love gravy from a packet so this is ideal to go with this meal.


What you will need:


For the batter (or the hole):

1 cup flour

1 cup milk

1 cup eggs (4-5 eggs depending on the size) 

A pinch of Salt

Oil or cooking spray

For the sausages (or the toad):

16 breakfast sausages

At least 8 rashers of bacon

Method:

Begin by pre-heating the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Place the breakfast sausages on a baking tray at least an inch apart from eachother and place on the centre tray in the oven. You will need to cook these for 10-15 mins until they are starting to brown on the outside. Whilst these are cooking mix all the batter ingredients (except the oil) in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Set the batter aside to settle for a few minutes. Take out 6 pieces of bacon and cut these in half. Once the sausages are starting to brown, remove them from the oven. Let them cool for a couple of minutes.

You will need to wrap the half cuts of bacon around the sausages. It doesn't matter if they are completely even. Once you have wrapped them, place them back on the baking tray, with the ends of the bacon on the bottom of the sausage touching the pan. Place them back on the oven to cook for a further 10 - 15 mins or until you can see that the bacon is well cooked (crispy if you prefer it like that).

Whilst the sausages wrapped in bacon are cooking. Grease a large pyrex cooking dish (9x13) well with your oil or cooking spray and pour the batter mixture in.

Once the sausages wrapped in bacon are done take them out of the oven and turn the oven up to 450°. Whilst the oven is pre-heating place your sausages evenly amongst the batter, I do 8 either side. When your oven has reached the correct temperature place the pyrex dish carefully on the top tray. Let the dish cook for 15-20 mins. You will see the batter rise considerably around your sausages, perhaps going pretty high (don't worry that is supposed to happen). Once the batter is risen and browning well, remove from the oven. The batter will fall back down but that's okay as it is supposed to happen. Slice up pieces of batter and sausage together and enjoy with potatoes and gravy. Or whatever you want. :) If you have come leftovers, I am particular to dipping it in ketchup when it's cold.



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