Yorkshire pudding is actually not pudding at all. It is a traditional English puffed pastry bread that is served with pot roast, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. This recipe makes about 8 muffins or enough to serve about 6 people. It could easily be doubled or even tripled.
Ingredients and supplies:
- 6 ounces plain flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 pinch of salt
- Vegetable oil, for greasing the pan
- Medium mixing bowl
- Hand mixer or whisk
- 6x8 baking pan or 8 muffin cups
Prepare the supplies. Grease the baking pans, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You can use a rectangular baking pan or individual muffin cups for Yorkshire pudding. If you are cooking pot roast or a similar meat to serve with the Yorkshire pudding, the traditional method includes using the meat fat instead of oil to grease the pans. Place the pan in the oven while the oven is preheating and you are mixing the Yorkshire pudding.
Mix the pudding. Mix the flour, milk, salt, and eggs using a hand mixer or whisk until the mixture becomes smooth, without any large lumps. Do not over-mix, or the Yorkshire pudding may be too dense. It should be a little thinner than pancake batter when done. Let stand for 5 minutes without stirring before pouring it into the pan.
Fill the pans. Remove the pan from the preheated oven. Pour the Yorkshire pudding into the pans until they are about two thirds full. Be careful when filling the pan; the oil should be hot enough that it will sizzle when the mixture is added, so make sure it does not burn you.
Bake the Yorkshire pudding. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Do not open the oven while it is baking, or the temperature drop will make them sink. When done, the pudding should be light golden brown on top, and crispy around the edges. The center should rise, but it may fall once it is taken out of the hot oven.
Enjoy. Serve immediately, while still warm. If you allow it to sit too long, it may become soggy. Yorkshire pudding is usually served with pot roast, but it can also be served with ribs, chicken dishes, meatloaf, or pasta. Leftover Yorkshire pudding can be eaten with honey for dessert, or even at breakfast with a glass of cold milk.
Yorkshire pudding is light and fluffy, with a crisp crust. This simple and traditional bread makes a great side dish for many meals.