TipMake the gravy first
Heat the marmalade in a small saucepan, then stir in the flour and mustard powder, and cook for a few mins. Stir in the ketchup, then add the beef stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 mins, then add the soy sauce to taste. This can be made in advance and chilled.To make a larger toad-in-the-hole
If you want to make a more traditional toad-in-the-hole, cook 8 large sausages in a medium roasting tin for 20 mins until browned. Make the batter in exactly the same way, pour it over and cook for 35-40 mins until puffed up.Use your batter for perfect pancakes
As well as Yorkshire puddings, if you leave out the mustard powder, this batter makes perfect pancakes. Simply make as stated, then sizzle ladlefuls in foaming butter until golden on each side. Serve with lemon and sugar.What skills can kids learn from Maisie's toad-in-the-hole?
CRACKING EGGS: A foundation task to so many recipes so it’s one well worth teaching properly – then your child can get involved every time you need an egg cracking. The method of cracking the eggs into a small bowl first and checking no shell shrapnel has fallen in will guarantee you won’t have any crunchy surprises. USING THE OVEN: If you have an electric oven, there is no reason why children of seven can’t turn it on to the correct setting and temperature, and place the cold tin carefully in the oven. This teaches them about temperature and also involves them every time something is baked or roasted. Even if you are handling a cold tin, always use oven gloves.