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Sunday Brunch: Bacon-Wrapped Toads in a Leek-Filled Hole

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

This traditional British dish is normally served with brown onion gravy, but a runny fried egg on top does far better at breakfast. Wrapping the case-less sausage in bacon and then browning the leeks provides a delicious fatty base for the batter to cook in, and helps to get the ideal puffiness that makes this dish great.

Although some may think the fried egg is optional, I recommend going the extra step. The runny yolk sinks into the nooks and crannies made by the batter puffing and add a very pleasant note to the dish as a whole. Serve this with bitter amber ale.

About the author:
Sydney Oland lives in Boston where she completed her graduate work in Gastronomy and Food Studies in 2009, after a Professional Chef diploma from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Find more information at (or read

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