My maternal grandmother ("Nanny") has definitely been my greatest source of inspiration, encouragement, and education in the kitchen! She is English/Canadian, so a lot of her recipes have come from that traditional heritage. One of the meals my mom remembers from growing up was the traditional Sunday Roast with potatoes, veggies, and Yorkshire Puddings.
So last night, my mom and I made one of our favorite Nanny recipes to go with our pot roast - Yorkshire Pudding. In some circles, these tasty treats are known as "popovers" because of the way they puff up and pop out of the pan when they bake.
The only trick with this very simple recipe is getting the popovers to pop - otherwise, you will end up with some seriously dense pancakey dinner rolls! Here are some useful tips that I've found over the years for getting your popovers to really pop:
- Make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you mix your batter. This is the #1 best tip for fluffy popovers!
- Don't use too much hot grease in the preheated pan - just a tiny bit will work.
- Don't over-mix the batter.
- Don't open the oven while the yorkshires are baking.
- Serve popovers immediately so that they do not un-pop as they cool and fall.
Nanny's Yorkshire Pudding
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk, at room temperature
Preheat oven to 415 degrees. Spray a regular 12-count muffin-tin with cooking spray and set aside. Sift into a small bowl flour and salt. Set aside
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs for about 30 seconds. Add milk, and whisk again for 30 seconds. Slowly add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming. The batter should resemble the consistency of smooth pancake batter.
Drop about 1/4 teaspoon of Crisco into the bottom of each greased muffin cup.
Place muffin tin in the pre-heated oven for about 2 minutes, until crisco is melted and slightly smoking. Remove from the oven and spoon batter into hot muffin cups about 2/3 of the way full.
It's okay if the recipe doesn't fill all 12 cups - we usually get 9-12 out of this recipe.
Transfer back into the oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges are crispy, tops are golden, and puddings have "popped."
Here is the view from outside my oven about 15 minutes in, when the yorkshires popped!
Serve with pot roast, roast beef, stew, or anything that has a nice gravy.
You can also make these with fillings that go in the tiny bowl that the puddings make. When filled with cooked sausage, these are called a "toad in the hole."
These are also delicious with butter and raspberry jam, syrup. or sugar - for dessert or breakfast or tea time!