Yorkshire pudding isn't pudding in the traditional dessert sense. It's an English food made from an egg, milk and flour, and is often served with roast beef and gravy. The traditional dish used to be made with batter that soaked up meat drippings (resembling the look of pudding) while roasting meat.
How to Make Yorkshire Pudding
Following this simple recipe will give you flavorful results when serving the pudding with roast beef or other dishes. You can serve this versatile recipe as breakfast, snack, popover-type hors d'oeuvre, or side dish.
Don't worry if the pastry shrinks in the center just a little. However, keep your oven door shut until it's done if you want to keep the whole thing from falling.
Before preparing to make Yorkshire pudding, be sure you have a few items handy. These include:
- A wire whisk
- A medium-sized bowl
- A 12-count muffin tin or popover pan
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup white flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Whisk milk, eggs, salt, and flour together in a medium-sized bowl.
- Let your batter rest for 1/2 hour (at room temperature).
- Place 1 teaspoon of melted butter into each of the 12 muffin cups.
- Place the baking tin in the oven for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until the butter is hot.
- Remove the muffin tin from the oven.
- Pour batter in muffin tin, filling each spot about halfway up with batter.
- Place tin back in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the Yorkshire puddings rise up and turn golden brown.
- Serve "pudding" with roast beef, gravy, and roasted vegetables if desired.
There are several variations you can try with this recipe, but the option to alter the basic recipe is up to you.
- Instead of melted butter, use 1/4 cup of pork fat or rendered beef fat for a rich, meaty flavor.
- Try using 1/4 cup of olive oil in place of melted butter for a heart-healthier version.
- Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and chives to your pudding batter to add richness and flavor to the recipe.
- Replace whole milk with low-fat milk (or soy or almond milk) to create heart-healthier version of Yorkshire pudding.
- Add 1 tablespoon of mustard and some herbs (like rosemary and thyme) to your batter before baking to enhance the flavor.
- Add 1/4 cup of bacon bits to your batter for an extra burst of flavor.
- Add fruit to your batter, or top cooked pudding with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt to create a delicious breakfast recipe.
Versatile and Simple
You can't go wrong choosing Yorkshire pudding because it's versatile and simple to make. Whether your kids are in the mood for a popover-type snack, you need a quick, easy side dish to serve with a roast, or you want to create a breakfast idea or sweet treat, choose Yorkshire pudding to get the job done.