The next time you’re having a roast dinner, try making some of these Yorkshire puddings! They’re crispy on the outside, doughy on the inside, and make the perfect vessel for all the gravy you want!
The first time I ever saw a Yorkshire pudding, I was in for a big surprise. Actually, let’s back it up a bit.
What comes to mind when you hear the word, “pudding”? I think of a creamy sweet mixture that I loved as a child. Sometimes it came in little pre-packaged plastic cups from supermarket, sometimes it came from powder in a tiny box. But if we want to talk about bread pudding, I think of warmed sticky bread covered in sugar, best served à la mode. Then, there’s black pudding. Ew. That’s pretty much the only word I can conjure up when I think about it.
Never in a million years would I have imagined that a Yorkshire pudding would look like a bread cup—a doughy muffin with a big well down the middle. (I suppose the traditional Yorkshire puddings look more like a massive, often times misshaped, bread bowl.) The first time I ever ate one of these things, I was ready to tear it open like a roll and butter it up. I remember looking around, and everyone else was pouring gravy into it and digging in with a knife and fork. Leave it to the American to look like a pleb at the dinner table.
So, what makes a Yorkshire pudding “Yorkshire”? I tried looking for the answer to this question, but no one really knows. I did find out that the first recorded recipe was from 1737, and it was called a “dripping pudding” because the batter was put in a pan underneath some roasting meat. The drippings would fall into the pan to create a pudding! The more you know . . .
I served the puddings with a stovetop shallot gravy, but I could imagine eating this with anything. I’ve seen recipes that stuff a salmon creme in the middle and others that are drizzled with chocolate. Guess what I’m going to make next time!