Sunday, May 06, 2012

Easy peasy Yorkshire puddings

If you're unfamiliar with British cuisine, you'll probably be expecting a recipe for a dessert of some sort - but this is no dessert, even though they're termed "puddings". They're savoury, airy puffs of pure carb and, filled with gravy, they're an indispensable part of "Sunday lunch" along with the roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots and other vegetables that accompany the roast chicken or beef.

I'd never made them before, and while it's not a complicated recipe, the recipes on BBC Food asked for the ingredients to be precisely measured. I was leery of doing this - I hate having to weigh things carefully; the detail work just doesn't appeal to my slapdash nature.

Then I came across a ridiculously simple recipe, and I really doubt this can be made any easier. It's just brilliant! I added some herbs to the batter, but otherwise there's no change to the recipe. Eggs, flour, milk, seasoning. That's it.

If you don't have proper Yorkshire pudding pans, you can make them just as well in muffin pans, like I did. Be warned, these puddings puff up quite a lot. Mine turned out all sizes and shapes because my oven doesn't heat evenly... but the puddings tasted great. They were, if anything, slightly burnt on top, but that was deliberate because that's how Pete likes them.
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Pete (actually, his hand) trying to sneak a Yorkie from the tin even as I was taking a photograph!

And unless you're competing in Masterchef, the weird sizes and shapes don't matter one bit. Taste is king.

Recipe for: Easy peasy Yorkshire puddings
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Ingredients:
2 large eggs
Plain flour, equal in volume to the eggs
Milk, equal in volume to the eggs
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
Oil for cooking

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F.
2. Place three glasses of equal size and shape side by side. Break the eggs into one glass. Pour milk in the next glass to come up to the same level as the eggs. In the third glass, put in enough flour to come up to the same level as the eggs/milk.
3. Now put the flour in a medium mixing bowl and add the salt, pepper and herbs. Stir together.
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4. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the eggs.
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Beat with a fork till the eggs and flour are well mixed.
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5. Now pour the milk in a steady, thin stream while whisking the mixture constantly to make a smooth batter.
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Rest the batter for at least 10 minutes. (According to other recipes I've read, the batter can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 12 hours before baking - but I haven't tried this out and don't know what difference it will make to the puddings.)
6. Take a 12-tray muffin pan. Pour a tsp of oil into each cup to cover the bottom, and grease the sides as well. Heat the muffin pan in the hot oven for 5-6 minutes or till the oil is smoking hot.
7. Pour a small ladleful of the batter into each cup as quickly as possible(fill it no more than half-way),
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then return the tray to the oven immediately. Let the puddings bake for 10-15 minutes (do not open the oven for the first 10 minutes) or until they are golden brown.
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Remove and serve immediately.
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They can also be frozen after they're completely cool.


RECIPE: EASY PEASY YORKSHIRE PUDDINGS
Ingredients:
2 large eggs
Plain flour, equal in volume to the eggs
Milk, equal in volume to the eggs
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
Oil for cooking


Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F.
2. Place three glasses of equal size and shape side by side. Break the eggs into one glass. Pour milk in the next glass to come up to the same level as the eggs. In the third glass, put in enough flour to come up to the same level as the eggs and milk. 
3. Now put the flour in a medium mixing bowl and add the salt, pepper and herbs. Stir together. 
4. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the eggs. Beat with a fork till the eggs and flour are well mixed. 
5. Now pour the milk in a steady, thin stream, whisking the mixture constantly until a smooth batter is formed. Rest the batter for at least 10 minutes. (According to other recipes I've read, the batter can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 12 hours before baking - but I haven't tried this out and don't know what difference it will make to the puddings.) 
6. Take a 12-tray muffin pan. Pour a tsp of oil into each cup to cover the bottom, and grease the sides as well. Heat the muffin pan in the hot oven for 5-6 minutes or till the oil is smoking hot. 
7. Pour a small ladleful of the batter into each cup as quickly as possible (fill it no more than half-way), then return the tray to the oven. Let the puddings bake for 10-15 minutes (do not open the oven for the first 10 minutes) or until they are golden brown. Remove and serve immediately. They can also be frozen after they're completely cool. 

5 comments:

Lubna Karim said...

It's really an yum recipe...

Nupur said...

I think these are the same things that are called popovers in the US. They look oh so good for sopping up some tasty gravy...

swarna said...

They look awesome...btw: what did you have them with Shyam? I mean you...not Pete;-)

oferta litoral bulgaria said...

I`ve tried this recipe and i`m really impressed, it has a very good taste. My both child tried it and they like it a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Shammi said...

Lubna - It sure is!

Nupur - They're pretty good on their own, too! :)

Swarna - I ate them with roasted veg and onion gravy :)

Oferta etc - Glad you liked the recipe!