Yorkshire puddings are the perfect accompaniment to Sunday dinner and are often best when homemade. This Sunday, February 7 is Yorkshire Pudding day – is when is better to perfect the batter-based side than this weekend?
According to research from Tesco, for many of us, the traditional Yorkshire pudding is best enjoyed in a traditional way.
Tesco surveyed 2,012 UK adults and found a quarter (24 percent) of us would never eat a Yorkshire pudding without gravy, and 12 percent of respondents said they would only ever eat them on Sundays.
However, some are slightly more adventurous, with one in ten (eight percent) eating them for dessert, and four percent of the nation even making Yorkshire pudding pizzas.
No matter how you enjoy your Yorkshire puds, they need to be crispy, well risen and with a fluffy centre.
So, Tesco Executive Chef Jamie Robinson has pulled together his top Yorkshire pudding making tips, to ensure they rise to the occasion every time.
According to Jamie: “Making a good Yorkshire pudding can be tricky to master, but once you do there isn’t much better!
“There are a few key things to remember to ensure yours are unforgettable.”
Firstly, make sure your measurements are correct.
Jamie said: “I always measure in volume rather than weight, using equal quantities of flour, eggs and milk – for this you can use a measuring jug or cup.”
Next, watch the order you place the ingredients in your mixing bowl – this can be the difference between well-risen or dud Yorkshires.
Jamie explained: “The order at which you add the ingredients is key to how much they will rise – start with the eggs and beat until they are completely combined, then add the flour a little at a time until all mixed together in a smooth consistency. Once incorporated, add the milk a little at a time to ensure the mixture stays smooth, then season and set to one side.”
Don’t rush into cooking them, if you can let your batter mixture rest overnight.
The chef said: “I ideally like to leave my mix overnight to rest, but this isn’t essential – just leave it as long as you can.”
And finally, let them rise to the occasion – and don’t sneak a peek in the oven!
Jamie said: “I recommend always using a muffin tin to provide the base for a great shaped Yorkshire.
“Fill each slot with a small drop of vegetable oil, and preheat this in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius, before pouring the mixture slowly into the middle of each muffin hole to ensure you get that lovely shape.
“Cook for around 25 mins until perfectly golden and resist the temptation to open the oven before they have risen as this will certainly lead to disaster.”
And once you’ve perfected your Yorkshire puddings, you can experiment with flavours.
Jamie said: “I like to add some additional flavour into my Yorkshire pudding mixture, depending on what I am eating them with. For example, if I am serving them with roast chicken then I will add some thyme into the batter.
“Alternatively, when serving alongside roast beef, I will add in horseradish and rosemary – delicious!”
“Another little tip is, once they are cooked and ready to serve as part of a Sunday roast, add a small spoonful of red onion jam for a super tasty surprise!”
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg, milk and water. Whisk until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a jug and refrigerate, covered, for one hour or overnight if you can.
Preheat the oven to gas mark 8, 230C, fan 210C. Place a little fat or oil in each of the compartments of a Yorkshire pudding tray or a 12-hole cupcake tray.
Put in the oven and allow to heat for five minutes.
Give the batter a final mix just before removing the tray.
Carefully pour the batter into the compartments, being careful not to overfill.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the puddings have risen and are golden brown.
Tip: To make these suitable for vegetarians, use vegetable oil instead of goose fat.
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