When it comes to British cuisine I always look forward to a roast dinner. As per tradition this was previously reserved to Sundays in our household. However, since covid-19 happened and we are now at home during the week, a mid-week roast is now our thing. And a traditional English roast would not be complete without Yorkshire puddings!
For my non-British readers, a Yorkshire Pudding is not actually a dessert, as the name suggests, but is traditionally a side dish originating in Yorkshire in the north of England. It is made from a batter of flour, eggs and milk, and is cooked in a muffin tin or ramekin with hot oil. As the batter cooks the sides rise and it becomes light, fluffy and slightly crisp on the outside. The higher the sides rise, the better. It can be served as a side dish for a roast dinner or it can be filled with a variety of fillings, a popular filling is sausages, mashed potato and gravy (yes, all three together).
This simple dish has 4 main ingredients, is so easy to make and is really delicious.
Yorkshire Pudding Recipe
Serves: 4-6 (makes 4 large puddings or 12 mini puddings)
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-17 minutes
- 60 ml light olive oil or vegetable oil
- 110 g plain flour
- 140 ml whole milk
- 1 large egg
- pinch of salt and pepper to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 220 °C fan (240 °C conventional).
- Add oil to your Yorkshire pudding tin or muffin tin as follows: 3tsp oil per hole for a 4 hole Yorkshire pudding tin, or 1 tsp per hole for a 12 hole muffin tin. Place the tin in the oven for 10 minutes to heat up the oil.
- In the meantime, add the flour, salt and pepper to a large bowl.
- Beat the egg then whisk in the milk.
- Slowly add the egg and milk mixture to the flour whilst whisking. Whisk until a smooth batter is formed. It should be around the consistency of pancake batter.
- Remove the Yorkshire pudding tin or muffin tin from the oven and pour the batter into the holes.
- Place the tin back into the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes until the sides of the puddings have risen and the puddings are nice and brown.
- Serve as a side dish with roast beef or roast chicken.
- Stuff with mashed potatoes, sausages and gravy for an indulgent main dish.