In Chef's Table

The proof is in the pudding!

To celebrate National Yorkshire Pudding Day (5th February) – (yes there really is a day to applaud this firm family favourite) – we’ve caught up with Exec Head Chef, Chris Spencer, to discover all the tricks of the trade and find out how he makes his Yorkshire Puddings just so damn good!

There is definitely more than one way to produce the perfect Yorkie. Many people have foolproof ways inherited from parents and grandparents that work every time. However, equally there are plenty that get frustrated with flat or muffin-like results.

Here is my fool proof method that we use at the pub to produce over 1,000 beautiful Yorkshire Puddings every Sunday.

Quantities: no scales required – just a cup – use a regular tea cup for 4 puddings or a larger mug for 6 – 8

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup of whole eggs
  • 1 cup of milk (it does not matter if it is semi skimmed or full fat)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of white pepper
  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl.
  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the eggs and milk. Whisk together to make a smooth batter.
  3. Refrigerate for at least half an hour.
  4. Pre heat oven to 225°C for 30 minutes
  5. Use a shallow muffin tray or, even better – a large shallow Yorkshire pudding tray. Put a teaspoon of dripping or vegetable oil into each well on the tray and place in pre heated oven for 15 minutes until smoking hot
  6. Carefully remove the tray from the oven and place over a medium low heat on the hob whilst you ladle in the batter (fill almost to the top of each well). It should sizzle as the batter hits the fat.
  7. Place back in the oven on a shelf in the upper half (leaving enough room for the rise)
  8. Cook for 18 minutes but do not open the oven door as this will lead to collapse. After 18 minutes turn the oven down to 180°C for a further 5 – 10 minutes – this depends on how crispy you like your Yorkies
  9. Remove your beautifully risen, golden pudding and serve straight away – obviously with lashings of rich, rich, gravy.

Try this fabulous, fail proof Yorkshire Pudding recipe at home, or why not just dive into one of our show-stopping Sunday Roasts, featuring Chris’s legendary Yorkies!

Plus, arrive after 4pm and you can enjoy a Sunday roast for just £10!

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