Reflections and Batter

Now that the year is coming to an end, it is time to take stock, reflect, and plan for the next year. Last January I made a list of things I wanted to do this year, and I managed to do all of them but one…

Here are a few things I did manage…

  • Laugh out loud every day. 🙂
  • Make a ginger cake.
  • Find and plant a clematis tangutica.
  • Make elderflower cordial and liqueur.
  • Read more in German

But there’s one important item left on the list that is still doable…

Make popovers or Yorkshire pudding!

The main reason why I have kept putting this off is the problem of what to eat them with, since a Sunday roast doesn’t feature in a veggie diet…

My Dad used to eat Yorkshire pudding with salt and gravy before his roast dinner (has anyone else heard of this habit?). This was the original way of eating it in Yorkshire. Years ago we occasionally had toad-in-the-hole, which is simply Yorkshire pudding with sausages in it.

And IS there a difference between popovers and Yorkshire pudding batter? According to Wikipedia the popover is the American version of the Yorkshire pudding, so I suppose the batter is the same, but the shape is different. Nowadays British Yorkshire puddings look very similar to popovers, but originally they were baked in a large pan and so were not quite so puffy.

I finally decided on plain, traditional mini puddings, and we had them with a creamy mushroom and potato bake.

Here’s the basic batter recipe:

Mini Yorkshire Puddings

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsps olive oil

Whisk eggs and milk. Sift in flour and salt and whisk until smooth. Leave to stand for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 220°C. Put 2 metal muffin pans (12 cups) in oven to preheat for 10 minutes. Then put 1 tsp oil in each muffin cup. Return pans to oven until oil is very hot (important!) and then spoon 2 generous tbsps batter over the hot oil in each muffin cup. Bake until puddings are golden and puffy, about 12 minutes, and don’t open the oven door in between or they’ll sink!

They were very good for a first attempt!

Nice texture – soft and fluffy inside and crispy outside. Even though they had sunk as soon as I took them out of the oven!

I might add some herbs to the batter next time, but plain ones go with everything. I could even imagine rolling them in cinnamon sugar… or perhaps vanilla sugar? Hmmm, there’s a thought…

3 thoughts on “Reflections and Batter

  1. I love toad in the hole!!! How about a veggie toad in the hole with vegetarian sausages? Or with tofu and garlic or onions? This sounds probably better than it tastes..

  2. Oooh yum! I’ve always wanted to try them to. Now I have the inspiration and a recipe – I’m all set 🙂

    Thanks 🙂

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