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R.I.P. Yorkshire Pud.!

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Rufus2 Tue 13-Oct-20 12:57:13

As a life-long Lancastrian ticket holder I thought this clever! {grin}

Yorkshire Pudding
(Courtesy “The Oldie” Mag)
. (Oliver Pritchett)

Isn’t time we waved Ta-Ra to the Yorkshire pudding?
Can’t we just agree that this batter concoction is simply toad-in-the-hole that has been deprived of its rightful sausage? Originally it was an aid to economising, served as a first course with gravy, to fill people up so they weren’t so hungry for the pricey meat that followed.
This echo of hard times up North does not really fit in these days with the comfortable setting of a middle-class Sunday lunch.
There is, of course, a great mystique about the precise recipe for the batter, a game of one-upmanship and an argument about whose Yorkshire pudding was more authentic.
I admit it can be fun to pour gravy into the sunken crater in the middle-but we must act our age and put away childish things like this.
The Yorkshire pudding has turned into a showpiece. How high can you make it rise? It must stand proud on the plate, a unique combination of the brittle and the soggy. (In fact it probably came from the supermarket freezer rather than from a recipe handed down through generations of Cleckheaton grannies.)
Worst of all, this dish has been taken hostage by the purveyors of the “traditional Sunday roast”. Pubs dish up monstrous , teetering towers of roasted batter, like stunted Pisas. The two veg, the sickly potatoes and the meat cower at their base. It dominates! - It comes with everything - beef, lamb, pork and chicken. The whole of Yorkshire must surely wince.
The pub landlord knows that it is, at least, fulfilling its function of dulling the appetite, deceiving us customers into feeling satisfied. So it’s good for profits. As they say, back at the brewery, where there’s batter, there’s brass!

Devorgilla Tue 13-Oct-20 13:23:32

Thank you. Loved this. However, my grandchildren would go into terminal decline if the 'Yorkshires' disappeared. Never seems to dull their appetite though.

Lucca Tue 13-Oct-20 13:23:47

DS Made these. I can’t.

Greyduster Tue 13-Oct-20 13:32:04

What??? How very dare they! Splutters in disbelief at the thought! Lucca I can’t either blush. My mother would turn in her grave! They look superb. I rely on everyone’s favourite Auntie for mine! Great post Rufus!

trisher Tue 13-Oct-20 14:34:44

It's a standing family joke that my Yorkshires are, to say the least, variable and me a Yorkshire lass! My sons make fantastic ones and so did my mother, somehow it skipped a generation. The GCs are bribed to eat all their meat and veg by the promise of an extra one (at least when I'm not making them!) Thanks Rufus2 but the Yorkshires must remain! Should I start a petition or form the YPPL (Yorkshire Pudding Protection League)? grin

WOODMOUSE49 Tue 13-Oct-20 14:45:09

I remember my nan having a pud as a starter. Never appealed to me but I do like a pud as a pud (afters). Accompanied by syrup or jam. My mixes always make 8 puds cooked in the muffin tin. 2 each for our dinner and 2 each for our pud. The 2 after puds have sultanas in usually.

I've always made a reasonable pud but for the past 6 years I've made them with dried skimmed milk. Neither of us take milk in hot drinks now and have soya with cereal+porridge so I tried dried. They are superb and get commented on when feeding those coming for dinner.

boodymum67 Tue 13-Oct-20 15:01:10

As a true Yorkshire lass, I`ll put your unbelievable comments down to the fact that you`re a Lancastrian.

Don't know why I gave you a capital `L`? You clearly don't deserve it!

Get rid of Yorkshires indeed! How very dare you!

Missfoodlove Tue 13-Oct-20 15:08:50

Here to stay in our Yorkshire home too!
Always with beef here.
I also make mini yorkies and serve them as a canapé with rare beef and horseradish or a mini sausage and a dollop of mushy peas.

Ladyleftfieldlover Tue 13-Oct-20 15:18:46

I thought it was the law to have Yorkshires m with roast beef? I think I make a pretty good one. Sometimes one large one and other times muffin sized ones. My younger son makes pretty good ones too. Any left over are delicious with treacle and whipped cream as a pre-pudding!

Grandma70s Tue 13-Oct-20 15:19:27

My mother, from Yorkshire, always made one big one rather than several little ones. It was delicious.

I’ve never tried to make one. I don’t enjoy spending my time cooking.

dragonfly46 Tue 13-Oct-20 15:21:26

We have Yorkshire puddings every Sunday but I am a good Yorkshire lass!

sodapop Tue 13-Oct-20 17:17:12

One of my favourite meals is all the left over veg and meat from the previous day's roast dinner served up in a large Yorkshire pudding with lashings of proper gravy ( no granules here ).

lemongrove Tue 13-Oct-20 17:28:44

Yorkshires are the best bit of a roast beef dinner, my AC want them with every roast dinner mind you 😱
Another Yorkshire girl here who makes them the traditional way, one large one baked in a square tin and cut into portions.
The round individual ones do look good though.
Funny article Rufus though really showing your Lancastrian envy of all things Yorkshire ( you know you can’t compete!)🤣

Callistemon Tue 13-Oct-20 17:45:26

I hadn't made any for a long time as DH isn't keen (strange man) but I was cooking beef a couple of weeks ago and made some and am pleased to say that they looked like yours, Lucca.

I have made large ones too, but the best tin I had for them disappeared.

Coolgran65 Tue 13-Oct-20 17:45:33

Grandma70s you don't have to enjoy cooking. They are so easy to make. Honestly, have a go. In not a great cook but my yorkies are fabulous.

Callistemon Tue 13-Oct-20 17:49:14

Rufus I've eaten Yorkshire puds in Australia too.

It'll be RIP Aussie Pies next!

Dinahmo Tue 13-Oct-20 17:49:34

My mum always made a large one, with some of the fat from the roasting tin and she made gravy with the rest of the juices, in the tin, on top of the stove. Delicious. I don't think the small ones taste quite the same.

I thought that the idea of the large ones, as now served in pubs, was that the rest of the food was put into it, rather along side it.

Fennel Tue 13-Oct-20 18:32:35

We lived with my Yorkshire Gran when I was a child and she made the small ones for dessert. With golden syrup.
Mine weren't as good as hers, but my family liked them in round caketin size filled with mince, or tuna and corn etc.

Rufus2 Wed 14-Oct-20 11:28:23

showing your Lancastrian envy of all things Yorkshire ( you know you can’t compete!)
Lemongrove Surely you jest!? Have you not heard of Lancashire HotPot? The envy of all Yorkshire! grin
The "Hairy Bikers" have a lovely recipe for it on TV
And the gravy! Don't forget to save some of your bread roll for mopping up your plate at the end! You won't have seen cleaner plates; better than any dishwasher! wink
Bon appetite

Greyduster Wed 14-Oct-20 11:31:09

A large Yorkshire pudding filled with beef and vegetable stew is a comforting midweek meal in the winter. As my father used to say “it puts hairs on your chest!” And no, I am not showing anyone my chest😁!!

sodapop Wed 14-Oct-20 15:49:37

Oh yummy greyduster my mouth is watering just thinking about it smile
( the Yorkie not your chest !!).

LadyHonoriaDedlock Wed 14-Oct-20 16:13:26

As another Lancashire Lassie originally I treat with scorn the appropriation of batter pudding by the primitive fowk of the wastelands east of the Pennines. Batter pudding should, of course, be made as one unit, baked in the hottest oven you can manage with the edges tall and crisp and the middle flat and moist from the drippings of the meat above it. It should be filled with gravy and nothing else, and served before the main course to reduce the appetite for expensive meat. A little expensive butcher's meat beats a lot of cheap supermarket meat any time and Lancashire people know the value of everything as well as the price of everything!

The only thing that annoys me more is the cult of Yorkshire tea. Obviously the best tea comes from J Atkinson & Co, of Lancaster. Their everyday Lancaster Blend thecoffeehopper.com/product/lancaster-blend-tea/ knocks Yorkshire Tea for six even more effortlessly than a Lancashire opener against the best seam attack Yorkshire can muster. For the special occasion Atkinsons will do you a Silver Needle white tea at £5,000 per kg but the Lancaster Blend is very reasonably priced.

Greyduster Wed 14-Oct-20 16:21:27

Well, ee ba gum! That’s told us then!😁

Lucca Wed 14-Oct-20 16:27:05

Has anybody mentioned “the only good thing to come out of Lancashire is t’road to Yorkshire ?”

BBbevan Wed 14-Oct-20 17:50:54

We only ever had Yorkshires with beef when I was a child. Now they seem to be served with every roast. They will never die in this house. We have just had toad in the hole for tea.