Warm up this January by making Joe Wicks' Toad in the Hole recipe from his new book, Cooking for Family and Friends.
Toad in the Hole with steamed greens and Sage and Onion Gravy
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 40 mins
For the Toad in the Hole
275ml semi-skimmed milk
125g plain flour
2½ tbsp sunflower oil
Steamed greens, to serve
For the sage and onion gravy:
½ tbsp sunflower oil
1 large onion, finely sliced
6 sage leaves, finely sliced
1 tbsp plain flour
splash of sherry vinegar
500ml chicken or beef stock
29 x 21cm heavy-based baking dish or 25cm ovenproof skillet
1. Beat the eggs and the milk together, adding a little salt as you whisk. Tip the flour into a bowl and make a small well in the middle. Pour in the milk-and-egg mixture. Use a whisk to gently combine until you end up with a perfectly smooth batter. Leave to stand while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
2. Preheat your oven to 210ºC (fan 190℃/gas mark 6). Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into the baking dish or ovenproof skillet and slide it into the oven to heat up for at least 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, pour ½ tablespoon of the oil into a frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add the sausages and briefly brown them all over – it isn’t necessary to cook them through at this point because they will finish cooking in the oven.
4. By now the oil in the baking dish should be piping hot so carefully remove the dish from the oven and, working quickly and carefully, lay the browned sausages into the dish. Give the batter one last whisk, then pour it over the top of the sausages before quickly sliding the dish back into the oven. Bake the toad in the hole for 35 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, make the onion gravy by heating up 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and adding the sliced onion. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and cook the onion slowly for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until very soft and lightly browned.
6. Stir in the sage leaves and the flour and, stirring almost constantly, cook for 45 seconds before adding the splash of vinegar, boiling it until it has almost disappeared. Gradually pour in the stock, stirring it well before adding more, to avoid lumps in the gravy. When all the stock is in the pan, bring the gravy to the boil and then keep it warm until you are ready to eat.
7. After 35 minutes, the toad in the hole should have risen beautifully. Take it straight to the table with the gravy, and some steamed greens, and show it off to your mates.