Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Foods of Durham Past: Yorkshire Pudding

Nothing makes me feel more safe and comfortable than the smell of Sunday dinner cooking. If you remember one of my first posts, I talked about the formula Mom used to determine what she made for dinner each day of the week.

One of the Sundayist of Sunday dinners at our house was roast and Yorkshire pudding. (What is it about a traditional "Sunday Dinner" that requires a huge cut of meat?) I don't know if my mom's mom made this or where my mom got the idea of making them. I don't even remember when I first tasted them. If you were to present this dish to me as an adult I would say, "What in the world...? Do I butter this? Put jam on it?"

I was trying to explain to a friend the other day what Yorkshire pudding is. The best I could come up with was a popover. But he didn't know what a popover was either. He asked if it was like a cream puff -- I said that was pretty close. I suppose it could be a denser cream puff drenched in meat juice. Or "sauce" was the word Carter used when he tried convince his girls to eat it (he didn't try very hard because if they didn't eat it, all the more for him). It's actually baked with roast drippings in it too, so I wouldn't try pumping cream into these if you were looking for a cream puff recipe.

I don't make them very often because it's kind of pointless to make Yorkshire pudding if you're not making roast and I don't really like to make roast. And they always stick to the stupid cupcake tin no matter how much I grease it. But I love them. I can eat a lot of them. I had about 8 leftover from dinner last weekend so I ate them all week.


carter said...

Did I like them? Yes, I ate like ten.

Would I eat them again? Duh.

Do I know what a popover is? No.

leandparkermakes3 said...

I didn't love Yorkshire Pudding as a child. I think it had something to do with the name. To me, this was clearly not a pudding. However, now I love them, and now I'm hungry. :)

Kelly D. said...

I never had Yorkshire Pudding until I became a Durham. It's delightful! Thanks again for letting us participate in the tasting :)

Ilene said...

I just made pot roast this past Sunday.

Because I am an awesome mom.

But not as awesome as yours because I have yet to make these little beauties.

Jergs Family said...

Ah yes, another one of my faves! After a couple of Sundays making these yummies, my mom finally realized that one pan of 12 was just not going to cut it! I think I ate 6 at one sitting as a teenager.

Could I do it again? Yes.

Would I regret it? Probably.

We had these for dinner on Sunday, with a roast. I don't make a lot of roasts either, but I figure yorkshire pudding is a must when eating roast. YUM!

Lisa Marie Trent said...

I make those all the time without roast. I love them that much. What do I put on them? Beef Bullion. That's right. I'm that desperate.

Do I know how to make a roast? No.

Do I think they are completely necessary? No.

Do I like the yorkshire pudding better with a roast? Definitely.

John and Suzi said...

Your tantalizing picture of yorkshire pudduing ignited my tastebuds...isn't that I made Dutch Babies for dinner...same ingredients as yp...melt 1/2 stick butter in a square glass baking dish, beat 3 eggs and and 3/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup milk and pour into melted butter. Cook at 425 for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with lemon juice and powdered sugar. (Sounds like Swedish pancakes too...just another shape and elegantly puffy..
We love breakfast for dinner...thanks Laura for your musings...they are delightful...

acrspeech said...

Best Sunday Dinner side dish ever! I have not been able to duplicate the beautiful fluffiness like my Mom's. I am impressed with your picture Laur!

Would I eat them again? Yes sir ree bob!

Would I make them for friends? Yes...once I get the recipe down!