Who doesn’t like a Yorkshire pudding eh? We certainly love them, they’re Jack’s favourite food at the moment (after chocolate cake, obviously). Not everyone is confident making them though so here’s my foolproof way to make them. Essentially it’s all about cold batter and very hot baking tins.
You will need (the famous 3-2-1 recipe):
- 3 eggs
- 200ml milk (semi skimmed or skimmed)
- 100g plain flour
- A little salt
- Cooking oil or lard
Put the oven on up to 230 degrees and put some oil or lard in each of the cups of the pudding tin. You can use the normal ’12’ fairy-cake tin, or preferably a deeper sided 12 muffin tin. I use a large 6 cup tin which makes huge puddings with the same amount of batter. Put the oiled tin into the oven to warm up with it.
Meanwhile, make the batter. Try and use a rubber-bottomed, spouted mixing bowl like this – they’re very useful:
Put the flour, some salt and the three eggs into the bowl, then slowly pour in the milk, whisking whilst you do so. An electric whisk is best but being vigorous with a hand whisk will do. This is the point you want to get lots of air into the mixture so make sure you get a big load of bubbles on top. Chill the batter until your oven is the right temperature.
Once warm enough (the oil should be almost smoking), take the tin out of the oven and quickly pour in the batter to each cup. I do this twice round to get a very crispy base. Then put the tin in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to make sure they don’t burn at the edges. Try and time it so they are the last thing out of the oven when you’re serving up.
You can freeze them for future use but in our house, they never last that long!
Obviously, you might be roasting a joint and potatoes at the same time. Just take the joint out up to 30 minutes before serving (it will actually be better rested under some tin foil), move the roasties to the bottom of the oven and crank the heat up, putting in your tin to warm up for the Yorkshires. Keep an eye on the potatoes so they don’t burn. Then just follow the process for the oven above.
For the full instructions, check out my Youtube video:
Obviously roast beef is a perfect meal centre for these, check out my tips for great roast beef here.