NATIONAL YORKSHIRE PUDDING DAY

Sunday, October 13, 2019

National Yorkshire Pudding Day is observed across the United States each year on October 13. Not to be confused with a dessert, Yorkshire Pudding is a traditional English dish similar to a popover made from a batter and usually served with roast meat and gravy. Find a taste of the UK with the Yorkshire Pudding recipe listed below.

 

Cooks in the north of England devised a means of making use of the fat that dropped into the dripping pans to cook a batter pudding while the meat roasted in the oven. A recipe for “A Dripping Pudding” was published in 1737 in The Whole Duty of a Woman.

Five Food Finds about Yorkshire Pudding:

• When wheat flour began to come into common use for making cakes and puddings, cooks in the north of England devised a means of making use of the fat that dropped into the dripping pan to cook a batter pudding while the meat roasted.

• The traditional way to eat Yorkshire Pudding was as a separate course before the meal. Lore says that this was a trick to fill-up the family less meat could be served.

• The first Yorkshire Pudding recipe dates back to 1866 and was created by a woman called Mrs Beeton.

• February 3rd is British Yorkshire Pudding Day.

• The fat must be extremely hot when the batter goes in. Getting a good sizzle as the batter hits the dripping is the secret to a great Yorkshire Pudding.

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Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

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YIELD:  Serves 6
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Yorkshire pudding is traditionally made in one pan (even more traditionally in the pan catching the drippings from the roast). You can also make a popover version with the same batter and drippings in a muffin tin or popover pan.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 eggs, beaten*
2-4 Tbsp of roast drippings
* If you double the recipe, add an extra egg to the batter.

DIRECTIONS

1. Make batter: Whisk together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Form a well in the center. Add the milk, melted butter, and eggs and beat until the batter is completely smooth (no lumps), the consistency of whipping cream. Let sit for an hour.

2. Preheat baking dish with drippings: Heat oven to 450°F. Add roast drippings to a 9x12-inch pyrex or ceramic casserole dish, coating the bottom of the dish. Heat the dish in the oven for 10 minutes.
 
For a popover version you can use a popover pan or a muffin pan, putting at least a teaspoon of drippings in the bottom of each well, and place in oven for just a couple minutes.
 

3. Pour batter into dish, bake: Carefully pour the batter into the pan (or the wells of muffin/popover pans, filling just 1/3 full), once the pan is hot. Cook for 15 minutes at 450°F, then reduce the heat to 350°F and cook for 15 to 20 more minutes, until puffy and golden brown.

4. Cut into squares to serve.

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