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Perfect Yorkshire Puddings
Now you too can be King of the Yorkshire Puddings
It's something that my dad always claimed to be (and still claims to be)... King of the Yorkshire Puddings.
Now, I know that I am bragging, but I feel certain that at last I have wrestled that crown from my father, and in my kids eyes I am the undisputed King - Champion of that wonderful roast dinner accessory, the Yorkshire Pud. Mine are light and fluffy and although they are a necessity with a beef roast, they are a fantastic compliment any roast meal. And you won't believe it, but they are so easy to make. You can make the batter beforehand and have it waiting in the fridge, and the puds can be cooked in 15 minutes, after the meat has cooked and is resting, wrapped in foil. The oven needs to be very hot to cook them properly and quickly, but then a very hot oven is just perfect for finishing off the roast potatoes.
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You don't have to stop at just serving the humble Yorkshire Pudding with a roast. Yorkshire Puddings also make a wonderful dessert. Make sure they're hot and drizzle some golden syrup or melted chocolate sauce inside them and then pour custard round the edge and a swirl of cream, if you want to be decadent, and hey presto! you have a superb and innovative style desert. They freeze well, so don't waste any of the overs, just pop them in a bag and in the freezer for the next roast, stew or pudding.
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Although no weighing scales are needed for this recipe, the weights and measures are given for your convenience, and if you have even a moderate memory, the old fashioned way of remembering the ingredients in ounces is easy to remember as 2-3-5, and that is 2 eggs, 3 ounces of flour and 5 ounces of milk mixed with water.
This recipe makes enough batter to comfortably fill 12 small tartlet wells in a standard fairy cake backing tray, perfect for making the most glorious Yorkshire Puddings.
How to make them
Drizzle with a tiny bit of oil in each of the wells of a 12 cup non-stick fairy cake tray (I use a silicone one, but any non-stick one will do) and put in a very hot oven (Mk 8, 425F, 240C).
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Fill a standard sized mug about half full with plain flour. Put the flour, two eggs ("two eggs" is the secret of making the yorkshires rise) and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl and mix till you have a gloopy paste. Fill about one third of a standard sized mug with milk and then top up with water so the mug half full. Add the water-milk to the bowl, a bit at a time while mixing, making sure the mix stays smooth. . . .
Carefully take the tray out of the oven, the oil should be very hot by this stage, and pour the batter into the fairy cake wells so that it is evenly divided between the 12 wells (they should each be about two thirds to three quarters full). Put the tray back in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the batter has risen and is golden coloured, and there are now under cooked bits. Keep an eye on the batter, it should rise nicely and be golden brown, but not burnt. . . .
When the batter has risen, if the rest of the meal isn't quite ready, turn the oven down to a low heat while the rest of the vegetables cook, and then serve the puddings hot from the oven.
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Cooking with your kids
Kids love cooking. Our recipes are illustrated and so simple to follow, making it really easy for you and your children to cook together. Encourage them to read the recipe and gently help then solve any problems that come up. Make sure they go back to the instructions and check that they have the right stuff and are doing things in the right order. Itís lovely when they feel in charge of something and begin to see how they can solve problems.
Cooking with your kids is an important thing to do. It gives them a real sense of achievement and satisfaction, while teaching them some very useful life skills; measuring, estimating, following instructions to achieve a result, dealing with some limited forms of danger (i.e. the hot stove or oven), and gives them confidence and the knowledge that they can prepare food, which is, after all, one of lifeís basic requirements.
What could be a better way to spend an afternoon? Your place gets filled with that gorgeous smell of baking, you and your kids have a great time together, exploring the world of cooking and you all get to eat some tasty treat when itís all over, just in time for tea.