{recipe} Cold Weather Cooking: Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire pudding, all puffed up

Yorkshire pudding, all puffed up

I spent a summer in Europe after I graduated from high school. On my travels, I went to visit a friend in Leeds and her grandmother made Yorkshire pudding for dinner on a particularly cold day in August. I don’t remember what I was expecting, probably dessert, but I was smitten from the first bite. Traditionally Yorkshire pudding batter is spooned into a pan in which roast beef is being cooked, and is baked in the drippings. My friend’s grandmother made the pudding as a separate side dish in a glass baking bowl, then served it with chicken and gravy, kind of a British chicken and biscuits. Since I don’t often eat my fellow mammals and don’t want to eat fat-soaked starches, I have tried my best to recreate that long-ago pudding without the drippings, leaving roast beef for others. On that occasion, Granny greased her bowl with a liberal amount of rendered chicken fat;being squeamish, I used butter.

This dish is beautiful, sort of a large dinner popover. My husband was very enthusiastic about the taste. Just use a sharp knife to cut off whatever serving size you want, stick it on a plate or bowl and drown it in your favorite savory sauce. It will deflate a bit once you cut it, but has a nice crusty, chewy texture even when it is semi-flattened.  I made no-fuss chicken and mushrooms in wine sauce to go with the pudding, but you can make whatever you like that creates gravy or sauce or stew.

My Yorkshire pudding follows Granny’s recipe, with a peek at the internet to see baking temperatures and times.

Chicken and mushrooms in wine sauce on top of Yorkshire pudding

Chicken and mushrooms in wine sauce on top of Yorkshire pudding

RECIPE: YORKSHIRE PUDDING

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • two tablespoons butter

METHOD

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place a medium (I used 2.5 quart) pyrex glass bowl in the oven as it preheats.

Whisk together the milk and eggs in a large bowl; use a mixer if you have one.  Beat until foamy. Mix in the salt, then add the flour and beat until completely combined and lumpless. The batter will be liquid, but will coat a fork.

Remove the hot bowl from the oven when it comes up to temperature. Swirl two or three tablespoons of unsalted butter around the hot bowl with a fork, being sure to grease the entire surface.

Pour the batter into the hot, greased bowl and place back in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 20 more minutes until the top is golden and crusty, but the inside is still a bit custard-like.

Serve in the bowl or invert onto a platter and cut pieces off with a knife.  Place a piece of the pudding on a plate or bowl and pour savory sauce or gravy over it.

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8 Comments on “{recipe} Cold Weather Cooking: Yorkshire Pudding”

  1. September 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Looks great! Have always wanted to try Yorkshire pudding and I think I will now. :)

  2. September 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    It is incredibly easy. Go for it.

  3. September 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    Guess I was a little confused when I read your blog. You said you don’t eat fellow mammals, but you made your Yorkshire pudding with chicken on top. Was that just for the husband? Either way it looked really good and I will have to try this recipe.

    • Dianna
      September 28, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      Chickens aren’t mammals. We all have our lines we don’t cross: mine is mammals. I used to raise back yard chickens and got used to eating them and watching every stray fox, hawk and even skunk make off with them. I eat them occasionally, especially since I hardly ever eat fish anymore because of the devastation of the oceans during my life time. Free range locally raised chickens are the least environmentally destructive meat I can think of other than venison. That said, I make chicken once or twice a month out of pity for my husband.

      • September 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

        Thank you. Your recipe sounded really good and this is going to be our dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing your recipe and sorry I got confused about that.

        • September 30, 2013 at 9:39 am #

          I hope it turned out well! No worries.

  4. October 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    No Brit was use butter- my granny used lard but my choice these days is olive or rapeseed oil- heat in dish until you are ready to pour in the batter. Have you tried toad in the hole am sure it would work with veggie sausages?

    • October 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

      My friend’s grandmother didn’t use butter but schmaltz since she was cooking a chicken. I don’t like eating rendered fat much, so I substituted butter. Haven’t tried toad in the hole, but I like food adventures, so maybe I will! Thanks for the suggestion.

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