How to Make perfect Yorkshire puddings that are guaranteed to rise tall with our step-by-step video
Most people think Yorkshire puddings are too hard to make at home, but the recipe is actually very simple.
There are just a few things you need to get right first to ensure that your Yorkshire puds are light and fluffy and rise, rather than sink, before they even hit the plate.
The Good Housekeeping cookery team has had years of experience in making Yorkshire puddings. here’s their full proof recipe and their expert tips on getting Yorkshire puddings right every time.
The secret to crisp Yorkshire puddings is to get both the tin and fat piping hot. There should be a sizzle when you pour the batter into the hot oil. The batter will immediately start cooking, resulting in higher and crispier puds. The hot pan also means your Yorkies are less likely to stick to it when you remove them later.
How to stop Yorkshire puddings sinking
To prevent your Yorkshire puddings from sinking, don’t open the oven door before the end of cooking time. When you remove the tin from the oven, do not leave the puddings near any drafts. The most foolproof way to stop your puddings from sinking? Eat them straight away!
Always rest the batter first
Resting the batter really does result in better-risen Yorkshire puddings with an airier texture (rather than chewy). About an hour is sufficient to allow the starch molecules to swell, giving a thicker consistency, and for the gluten to relax. Your batter will have a more uniform structure, so rising will be easier for the puds.
And room temperature batter is ideal
Room temperature vs cold batter: if your batter is at room temperature when it hits the hot pan, you will get a better rise with a crispier hollow pudding. If your batter is cold, your Yorkshires will be slightly more dense inside but with that perfect gravy-pooling cup shape. So it’s completely down to personal preference!
Add herbs for flavour
To jazz up your Yorkshire puds, try adding chopped herbs such as thyme or sage to the batter. If serving with beef, add a pinch of mustard powder with the flour for added punch.
And beef fat too
Use the fat from your roast beef when it comes out the oven to grease your pudding pan for added flavour.
Freeze Yorkshire puddings in advance
If making Yorkshire puddings is too stressful just before serving roast dinner, why not make them in advance and freeze? (They may not be as risen and puffy as fresh, but we won’t tell!) Wrap the puddings well in clingfilm and foil once cool, then keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen on a baking tray in an oven preheated to 220°C (200°C fan oven) mark 7 for about 8-10min until hot and crisp.
Yorkshire puddings for dessert – no, really!
For the Yorkshire Pudding mega fan, top puds with golden syrup and ice cream for a deliciously indulgent dessert (just don’t cook them with beef dripping – that would not be a match made in heaven)!