Monday, December 3, 2012

Recipe: Best Mini Yorkshire Puddings (Yorkies)

In the UK, a traditional British Sunday roast consists of roast meat (beef or chicken or lamb), roasted potatoes, with accompaniments such as vegetables, gravy and Yorkshire puddings. Yorkshire puddings are most commonly served with roast beef. It is also known as batter pudding and is named after Yorkshire in England.

A traditional British Sunday Roast Beef


I've always had this perception that Yorkshire puddings must be difficult to make. Maybe this perception comes from the fact that in the UK, they are sold in frozen packs (must be difficult, or else why would people buy it to reheat in the oven).


Nice and crisp Yorkies, perfect with lots and lots of gravy!


One evening, I was cooking roast beef for the family, and curiosity got the better of me and I googled the recipe for Yorkshire pudding. To my surprise, they are extremely easy to make and only takes under 20 minutes to make AND bake. It's so easy, even my 2 year old can do it. (well, minus putting it in the oven part ;P) Yes, I actually measured out the ingredients and just let my son do the mixing and they turned out beautifully.

If my 2 yr old can do it, so can you..


You don't even need to sift the flour, and all you need to do is mix it all and pop it in a hot oven. The secret to getting gloriously puffed-up Yorkshire puddings is to have the fat sizzling hot, to do this you heat the muffin tin in the preheated oven with some oil. Also, once you place the batter into the tins, do not open the oven door - just let it rise and rise and rise!




I made these first, followed by my roast beef and potatoes, and they kept nice and crispy (soft and fluffy on the inside) until the time dinner is served. My kids really liked them, with or without the gravy and of course Baby D was so proud that he made these beautiful Yorkies for our dinner. 



Baby C gives it her stamp of approval..



Best Mini Yorkshire Puddings (Yorkies)
Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 12-15 minutes
Makes 12

Ingredients
70g plain flour
2 eggs
100ml milk
1/2 tbsp sunflower or corn oil 
1/8 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper

1.Heat oven to 230°C/fan 210°C/gas 8. (I used fan 210°C)

2. Using a brush, grease 1 x 4-hole Yorkshire pudding tins (for big Yorkshire puddings) or a 12-hole non-stick muffin tin and place in the oven to heat through. (I used a 12-hole one and placed it in the oven for about 5 minutes)

3. To make the batter, tip the plain flour into a bowl and beat in the eggs until smooth. Gradually add the milk and carry on beating until the mix is completely lump-free. Season with salt and pepper. 

3. Pour the batter into a jug, then remove the hot tin from the oven. Carefully and evenly pour the batter into the holes. 

4. Place the tins back in the oven and leave undisturbed for 12-15 until the puddings have puffed up and browned.  (Original recipe states cooking time of 20-25 minutes but keep an eye on them. Once they go golden brown you can remove them, mine were done in 13 minutes. Also remember not to open your oven door or it will deflate). Serve immediately or you can allow them to cool down slightly before serving.



5. Serve with roast beef, steamed vegetables, roasted potatoes and lots of gravy. For roast beef recipe, click here. The most ideal cut for roast beef is rib eye. For roast potatoes recipe, click here.





*This recipe was featured on Asian Food Channel's Facebook page on 6 December 2012.

**This recipe was featured on Great British Chef's Facebook page on 17 March 2013.

40 comments:

  1. I'll be Baby S!! Where's my portion? Hahaha. Awesome dish, Yen.

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    1. Hi Sharon, thanks! I'll get you some when your confinement is over. Congrats again on yr new arrival! x

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  2. Had that at Harrods... Ok, didn't get me jumping up and down with delight. LOL!!!

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  3. Looks so yummy, I want to try! Hehehe

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  4. i remember my first time tasting yorkshire pudding, about a decade ago, and it didn't quite live up to my expectations, but i still like to have it once in awhile. yours look really nice, and it's great that your kids love them! :D

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    1. I think Yorkies are one of those food items which you either love or hate. I have some friends who really love them and some that won't touch them. I really like it with lots of gravy.

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  5. It looks so good Baby Sumo! Big thumbs up for you! Keep sharing your recipe with us! love them!

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    1. Thanks Joey! Maybe u can try it with roast chicken since u dont take beef. And it's my pleasure to share my recipes :)

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  6. Ooh your yorkies are picture perfect! You got that distinct shape to them, great job! :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine. I have to admit, I thought that there was a special technique to get the shapes looking like tht. Didnt know it was as easy as pouring the batter into the muffin tin and let it work its magic. :)

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  7. Wow! This is perfect not that I've made it before but I like the way you described how easy these Yorkshire puddings can be made. Even adorable baby D can do it! I always thought that it's difficult to get the nice shape of this pudding but thanks to you I'm eager to try out this recipe! Looks really delicious with roast beef! Well done Cute mini chef, baby D ! :)

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    1. It's the same concept as choux pastry I guess, you just put it in a hot oven and watch it puff up nicely. I really didn't expect it to be so easy, since it has quite a distinctive shape. Hope u will like it too!

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  8. Perfect yorkies on your first attempt?! Show off! :P Oh I miss cosy UK cooking...

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    1. Seeing it's so easy, you should try it in your kitchen too!

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  9. Wow, that really sounds easy.. and looks very delicious, especially with the roast beef gravy.

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    1. Hehe yup! I think if anyone knew how it easy it was, they would never buy frozen anymore. Takes more time to drive out to the supermarket :P

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  10. Your yorkies are so nicely puffed. Perfection!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! All thanks to Baby D's good mixing skills :D Hehe.

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  11. i made this pudding before, and i know this is good!

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    1. Before dinner was served, my two kids sat there munching on the Yorkies.

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  12. oh the pudding so fluffy and cute..like the fat version of shitake mushroom but in brown color!! Yums!!

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    1. Haha! I like your description.. so cute. LOL

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    2. fluffy pudding..can I have one now?

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  13. Baby D , go here and help Auntie make some yorkies ! lol Your roast beef looks awesome as well ! It's good to know that your two kids will just eat everything you put in front of them :) Great job , Mom :D

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    1. Hired help available for some of aunty Anne's delicious cookies :P

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  14. The puffs looked so good! I have never had a Yorkshire pudding before but I certainly am attracted to them now! Well done to both you and Baby D! :D

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    1. Thanks! Maybe the next time u cook roast beef, u can try making Yorkies too.

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  15. must.. have.. those.. roast beef!!!

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    1. Hehe.. only the beef?(I make good roast potatoes too :P)

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  16. oo.. I always tot I need a deep cylinder cup pan to bake these yorkies.... guess it shld not matter and I just dont overfill them.. love these little yorkies with roasts... :D

    oo and Baby D is really getting a knack in the kitchen now! so he will be a pro like mummy...

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    1. Yeah I always thought it needed some special equipment as well as special piping technique to give it its distinct shape. Glad I know how to make it now. And I can share it with you all :)

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  17. Baby D gave a thumb up...me oso wan to give a thumb up lar...

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    1. He was very proud he made them... during dinner time, he kept telling everyone "Dan dan made it!"

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  18. Next year will try this with roasted chicken. Your boy is really a great helper! And he looks so cute there!

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    1. Thanks Jessie! I'm happy that he loves being in the kitchen... we have a great bonding time together.

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  19. HI Yen, your 2 baby sumos definitely were enjoying themselves! Good job!

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    1. Thanks Alvin! Isn't our greatest joy seeing the ppl we love enjoy the food we cook for them? :)

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  20. Your kids are going to grow up appreciating home cook food!!

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