Yorkshire pudding nirvana

It’s friday, and if any of you are considering making a roast this weekend, how about sticking a few of these on the side?

The way to my boys’ heart is definitely batter related. So I puffed my chest out with pride when these magnificent yorkshire puddings emerged from my oven.

It’s something of a badge of honour in my family – you have to create impressive yorkies or you’re just not cutting the mustard in the kitchen. My Gran made fabulous ones, as does my mum, and let’s not leave out my brother who is a total perfectionist about such things. I hope he looks at this blog post today and is a tiny bit proud of his sis?!

It might seem a bit random talking about yorkshire puddings, but I’ve been having a bit of bother with them sticking to the pan. I get a beautiful rise using an extra egg white in my recipe, but then I can’t get them out of the tin without hacking at them and being left with floppy bits of pud and a whole lotta washing up. Disappointing to say the very least.

However, I was having a whinge about it with one of my friends and she cleverly suggested trying putting cake cases in the tin or lining it with greaseproof. I decided to give my silicone muffin cases a go, and what spectacular results…

They rose like a dream and then I just plucked them from their cases without batting an eyelid. They were light and crisp and went down a treat with lashings of gravy. Matthew lost count of how many he ate and the children were delighted. My work here is done.

Yorkshire Puddings
makes 12 in a muffin tray

225g plain flour
pinch salt
3 eggs
1 egg white
450ml milk
vegetable oil

Make your batter a few hours in advance if you have time so it can rest – not essential though so don’t worry if you can’t.

1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Whisk in the eggs, egg white and milk until you achieve a smooth batter.

2. Heat the oven to 220’C, fan 210’C. Prepare a 12-hole muffin tin – if you have a silicone one then fine, if not try popping silicone muffin cups into each hole. Drizzle enough oil to cover the bottom of each hole. Put the tin in the oven until smoking hot.

3. Pour your batter evenly into each hole until they are almost full and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until puffed up and golden brown. Don’t open the oven at all during this time or they might flop!

Tip: I usually make the yorkshires last when the meat is out of the oven and resting so I can whack up the temperature without annihilating the meat.

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About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea! She lives in West London with her two young boys and yes, her firefighter husband.
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4 Responses to Yorkshire pudding nirvana

  1. ali.b. says:

    OOh dont know if it helps but my mum & m-i-l (and me now) never wash our yorkshire pudding tray out as it washes out the goodness??? One of those strange things taught through the generations – not sure if this is a northern thing??

  2. Jan Bailey says:

    Hi Katie
    just catching up on your blog after hectic period of daughter’s wedding. More great recipes. I recently did Good Housekeeping’s individual Toad in the Hole using the muffin tins. Part cook the good quality sausages then stand them in muffin tins and spoon in your batter and cook in usual way – served with onion gravy and seasonal veg. … delish!!!
    Jan

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