Crunchy? Check. Well risen? Check. Golden Brown? Check. Delicious? Check. These Yorkshire puddings have it all. Some great tips for achieving the perfect Yorkshire to compliment your Sunday (or weekday!) roast.
Yorkshire puddings for dinner restore all sense of calm in our house. Some days I look at my frazzled sons and can almost see the eggs, flour and milk dancing into the bowl. Perhaps it’s the simplicity of a Yorkshire pudding that serves to calm heightened emotions. Perhaps it’s the beef dripping. No matter. They’re like a grown up Ashton and Parsons hit. Some days we all need one of them.
There are so many recipes for Yorkshire puds, each one claiming to be the best, the lightest, the tallest and the crispiest. So all I will claim is that these are MY lightest Yorkshire puddings. There’s nothing revolutionary in the mix; just the usual plain flour, egg and milk. What might be a little different is the method. I say might, as in might not.
Makes 16 mini muffin size puds or less if going larger
Why no quantities? Aah, all will become clear. I came up with this recipe after lots of trial and error. I sometimes find Yorkshire puddings with more flour a little doughy, almost cake like. Whereas these are most definitely light and airy in look and feel. If you can get hold of beef dripping and indeed, if you eat beef, please do try it. It makes all the difference to these little pockets of moreish air. If not then use oil that likes to be heated to a high temperature, so groundnut oil or vegetable oil would be great.
Fill the kettle up and pop it on to boil. Switch your oven on to the highest setting and make sure there’s a rack at the top of the oven and one in the middle. Once the kettle has boiled fill a high sided roasting tray with the boiling water and carefully place on the middle rack of the oven. Then pop about a thumb nail sized slither of beef dripping into each mini muffin tin hole. (Or a teaspoon of oil if you’re not of the beef dripping persuasion.) Pop that on the top shelf of the oven. Shut the door and leave well alone for a minimum of 15 minutes. You need the dripping to be smoking hot and the oven to be as warm as possible.
In the meantime make the Yorkshire pudding batter. Take an egg, whatever size you have to hand, and weigh it in the shell in grams. Make a note of this amount. Weigh out half of this amount in plain flour (my egg was 64g so I weighed out 32g plain flour) and put into a large bowl. Then crack the egg in the middle. Whisk until the flour and egg are well mixed and look smooth. Then pour out the same amount in milk in mls into the floury-eggy mixture as your egg weighed. So if your egg was 64g like mine was, add 64mls of milk. Whisk until completely combined and smooth. Pop in the fridge until the 15 minutes oven warming time is up.
Pour the batter into the fat filled mini muffin holes about half way up. Once all the batter has gone put the tray back onto the top shelf of the oven, close the door and leave for 10 minutes until you check on them. They should be well risen and lightly browned when you remove them, leave them in if they still look a bit blonde. If you make too many, just freeze them. They can be reheated in a moderate oven from frozen. I always have a few in my freezer as they boys are Yorkshire pudding fiends and though I like to please them, I’m not sure 8 each is such a great thing.
I don’t think I’m a natural canapé maker. They always seem like a good idea, and then, a bit like making your own Christmas cards, after 5 or so, boredom sets in and I’m wishing I’d let the shops do the hard work for me.
Not so with these little beauties. They’re easy peasy, can be made in advance (hurrah for no last minute stress) and even tick the manly box. Because even in miniature form, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding is a fully respectable canapé for even the most manly man. The full recipe, courtesy of Sainsbury’s is here. But if you prefer to watch it rather than read it you can see me and the lovely Nicola making them together.
Makes about 12
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
40g plain flour
1 medium egg, beaten
50ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tablespoon horseradish
2 slices beef, torn into pieces
Watercress to garnish
Preheat the oven to 220ºC, fan 200ºC, gas 7. Pour ½ teaspoon oil into each hole of a 12-hole non-stick mini muffin tin and place in the oven to heat through
Meanwhile, sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a medium bowl and make a well in the centre. Beat in the eggs until smooth, then gradually add the milk, beating until the mixture has no lumps.
Remove the mini muffin tin from the oven and carefully add ½ tablespoon of the batter into the compartments. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes, until the puddings have risen and are golden in colour. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Fill each mini Yorkshire pudding with a couple of pieces beef and a little horseradish. Season with black pepper and garnish each with a small sprig of watercress.
I’m a mum of 3 boys, a cookbook writer and also a finalist on the 2011 Great British Bake Off.
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