Perfect Yorkshire puddings
The original recipe on this page was a variation of Delia Smith's recipe from her Illustrated Cook book. However, over the years we have had a few failures and I would heartily now recommend this recipe instead.
This recipe is far simpler and has never failed for me. I believe this recipe originates from Brian Turner, the famous Yorkshire chef.
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- Vegetable oil
- 1/2 a cup of whole milk - Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk does not work as well.
- 1/2 a cup of plain flour
- 1/2 a cup of eggs
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 220° C (425° F - Gas 7)
- Make the batter and chill for 30 minutes before using
- Select your measure and use it to measure out equal quantities of whole milk, plain flour and eggs - 1 cup takes about 5 medium eggs.
- Tip the flour, eggs and milk into a bowl and add a generous pinch of salt.
- Whisk by hand until all of the lumps are beaten out of the flour and no more. Don't over-beat the batter - it is not necessary.
- Leave in the fridge for for 30 minutes to chill
- Generously grease a metal baking tray (about 28 cm x 18 cm - 11" x 7") with the vegetable oil - brushing works well here.
- Place the tray in the middle of the oven until and leave until the oil is hot and almost smoking
- Pour the cold batter mixture into the very hot tray
- Bake for 20 minutes in the middle of the oven.
This recipe always rises well and creates perfectly formed puddings, but they do tend to be rather 'puddingy' (almost sponge-like), probably because of the amount of eggs. Delia's recipe tasted better but didn't always rise. Time to experiment a bit more.