I was talking with my brother (the one who lives in the USA) about Yorkshire Pudding/Toad in the Hole and how much we both really enjoy this dish, likewise our children. As I was making one last Thursday I wondered if Nick and I were the only ones about that still make this classic English meal. For those who have no idea what I am talking about - Toad in the Hole contains sausages and Yorkshire Pudding has no sausages but both use the same batter (see recipe). It is delicious - but not healthy. I would usually serve it with roast veggies, peas and gravy. But mash potatoes is also very nice with it. It is best cooked in a tin pan as it crisps the sides far better than glass.
It is called "toad in the hole" because it looks like a toad sticking its little head out of its hole...when the sausage cooks, it pokes its "head" out of the batter!!!! Not sure if the photo above does!! Its origins are unknown - but is meant to date back to the 1700s. It would have been cheap and easy to make and can is very filling - probably peasant food.
Have you ever cooked it?