When you make a great Sunday roast, you want something to mop up that gravy. A yorkshire pudding is not a dessert but a kind of souffle roll that was made to go with a hearty dinner. The old "Joy of Cooking" has you make the batter from warm milk and eggs, then refrigerate and bring back to room temp. I never seem to be that organized and I'm lucky to have the 15-20 minutes while the roast rests. If you remember to get your milk, butter and eggs to room temp--good for you! If not, just follow the easy shortcuts and you won't notice a difference! If you don't have a popover pan--no worries--a jumbo muffin (Texas) pan on a baking sheet works great! —lorigoldsby
scant 1 cups
kosher salt (bruised)
half n half
pinch of white pepper
butter, cut into 4 slices
oil (divided 4- 1/2 t. in each well)
In This Recipe
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet put a "Texas" sized muffin pan with 1/2 t. of oil in the bottom of 4 wells. Warm tray in oven while you prepare the mix.
Mix flour and salt together. "Bruise" your salt by pinching it and rubbing it into the flour to make the coarse granuals smaller.
Put half n half and water in bowl and microwave for 30 seconds to warm.
Add eggs to warm milk/water. Allow to set for a few minutes to warm the eggs. Whisk together.
Mix wet into dry and whisk til bubbles form. Allow to rest for 1-2 minutes.
Take sheet out of oven, add a "slice" of butter to the oil.. The butter should bubble if the oil is hot enough. Stir to mix the oil and butter
Pour mixture into each of the 4 cups. Bake for 20-24 minutes. They should rise like a souffle.
I learned to cook with my Gran. I can still see her reading a recipe and figuring out how she would make it better. She was fearless about substituting ingredients--but also knowledgeable. She approached food in the same way she built her antique business--appreciate quality ingredients and workmanship, but don't be a snob. I think I carry those same beliefs in my approach to cooking. I love family style dinners, I love a fancy ladies' luncheon with my wedding china, or a backyard seafood boil to celebrate my husband's birthday...I love to share food with others.