This Yorkshire pudding is made with flour, eggs, milk, and pan drippings from a roast. A great side dish for standing roasts for the holidays, notably Christmas. (Hint. Hint. Hint.)
Yorkshire pudding. It’s a British classic that you’ve perhaps heard of a lot this time of year but never actually experienced for yourself. That needs to change. And here’s your chance. Despite it’s rather froufrou appearance alongside fancy roasts, it’s actually a quick and easy side dish that’s sorta like a savory Dutch baby pancake given that it’s made with just flour, eggs, milk, and the notable addition of pan drippings from a roast. As with a proper Dutch baby pancake, it puffs impressively in the oven, browns handsomely, and then collapses just a little into a rich, tender, lovely little side dish whose only reason for existence is to soak up those lovely pan drippings and put them to savory effect. Originally published December 14, 2014.–Renee Schettler Rossi
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 1 H, 10 M
- Makes 8
Special Equipment: Popover pans or muffin tins
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 2 whole large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup fatty pan drippings from a roast (or substitute clarified butter*)
- 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the eggs, egg yolks, and milk, whisking until the batter is well combined. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- 2. Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C).
- 3. Spoon 1 teaspoon melted fat (or clarified butter) into each cup of a popover pan or, if using muffin pans, use a little less than that less per cup. Place in the oven for 5 minutes to preheat.
- 4. Stir the batter to recombine. Carefully remove the hot pan(s) from the oven and immediately fill each cup a little more than halfway. Return the pan(s) to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°F (177°C) and continue baking until the puddings are puffed and browned, 15 to 20 minutes. [Editor’s Note: We understand the temptation to peek at the puddings as they puff during baking. But the less you open the oven door, the more quickly and evenly the puddings will cook, so do your best to resist. Maybe distract yourself. Perhaps make a note to yourself to take a picture of your finished Yorkshire puddings and post it to Instagram and tag it #LeitesCulinaria!]
- 5. Carefully remove the pan(s) from the oven and gently tip the puddings out of the pan onto a wire rack and turn them upright. Poke each pudding with the tip of a skewer or a sharp knife to let the steam out so it doesn’t collapse. Let cool a few minutes before serving.
*Why It's Important To Use Clarified Butter In Yorkshire Puddings
- If you’re not using pan drippings and decide instead to use butter, it’s not only important but essential that you rely on clarified butter. As one of our recipe testers who made these at home perfectly explained, with “regular butter, the fat solids will burn and you’ll end up with a lot of little black spots on the exterior of the puddings.” Clarified butter has had the fat solids strained out so there’s no risk of a scorched appearance or taste. You can make your own clarified butter or you can buy it already made at the store.
Recipe Testers Reviews
I loved this Yorkshire pudding—so very easy but with a lot of "wow factor." I made 1/2 the recipe using standard sized muffin tins and it made 8 puddings. I used butter and the recipe provided much more than I needed to butter the tins. I think I would have preferred oil (I've used that in the past for these), as the butter was JUST about to burn when I popped the mix in the pans. The Yorkshire pudding did not collapse and tasted fab!
This is pretty much a classic Yorkshire pudding. The puddings rose several inches above the pan and were perfectly browned on the outside and soft, moist, and buttery on the inside.
Since I made the puddings without a roast, I didn't have any pan drippings so I used melted butter in the recipe. (It's important to use clarified butter. With regular butter, the fat solids will burn and you'll end up with a lot of little black spots on the exterior of the puddings.)
The finished Yorkshire puddings were light and crisp.
The hands-on time is really only about 10 minutes—that's the time it takes to make the batter. The total time is about 70 minutes, but this is resting time and oven time, so you're free to do something else. I think it's useful to pour the batter into a jug before pouring it into the molds as it makes it easier to control. I actually prefer to use a bottle with a screw-top with any Yorkshire pudding recipe.
The timing in the oven was roughly accurate—you just need to check on the puddings to see how they're progressing so they don't overcook.