Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spelt Toad in the Hole

Hello everyone, Happy Pancake Tuesday! I decided to be my usual weird and different self and go the non-traditional pancake route today. Instead I made toad in the hole using the pancake recipe from 'What to Eat When You Can't Eat Anything', p39.

Ingredients: serves 3 people
5-6 veggie sausages, I used Quorn ones,

To make the batter
190g of spelt flour,
2 free range eggs,
375 ml of rice, oat, soya or goat's milk,
2 tbsp bio-live or organic yoghurt.

Heat oven to 220°C

Measure the flour out into a bowl. Make a well in the centre, crack in the eggs and gently mix together. Whisk in the yoghurt followed by the soya milk, until a smooth batter has formed. If you can the original recipe recommends that you leave the batter to stand for half an hour before you use it. During this time I heated the oven and a deep dish in which I cooked the toad in the hole with some vegetable oil in it. When I was sure that the oil was hot (do not touch it to check!!) I added the Quorn sausages and put the container back in the oven. I let them cook until they had begun to turn golden brown, checking regularly to turn them in the oil. 

Next I added the pancake batter, filling the container half way up, warily expecting it to bubble up and expand alot during the cooking process.  I even had a tray to catch any spills underneath the pot. But, truth be told, my batter did not rise, so it turns out the tray underneath was unnecessary. I cooked it for 25 minutes and left it to stand for about 5 minutes before serving while I finished off the mashed potato and the onion gravy.

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