One of my favorite authors is Darlene Foster, http://www.darlenefoster.wordpress.com. Her delightful series of Amanda books are a must read. Amanda has all the spunk and sense of adventure that my fictional heroines had when I was growing up.
Darlene is sharing with us today another one of her delightful stories and delicious recipes.
Darlene Foster Yorkshire Pudding
I am German-Canadian, my husband is British, and we live in Spain. So our Christmas dinners can be quite eclectic. Yorkshire puddings were not served in my home growing up, but they are a favorite of my Yorkshire-born hubby. So I always include them in my Christmas dinner menu. They are easy but can be tricky; sometimes they turn out great, light and fluffy, and other times not so much. I recall one Christmas in Calgary when I was hosting Christmas dinner for 14, my family, my girlfriend and her daughter. Things were going well until that frantic last few minutes when the turkey was ready to be carved, the potatoes needed to be mashed, the gravy stirred, and the Yorkshire puddings cooked. I ended up with too many dishes needing the oven, all at different temperatures. To make a long story short, I burnt the Yorkshire puddings. I was so upset hubby found me outside, in tears, throwing them away. They looked like discarded hockey pucks lying in the snow.
Everyone loved the meal, and no one even noticed the missing item, until my girlfriend said, “This is all so delicious, but where are your amazing Yorkshire puddings?” Hubby shook his head and mouthed, Don’t ask. I replied, “They’re outside in the snow, help yourself!”
It took me a long time to find a fail-proof recipe, but this one has never let me down. I found it in one of mom’s cookbooks I inherited called “Hilda Town & Country Ladies Club 50th Anniversary Cookbook”. These small-town cookbooks are wonderful as everyone who contributes always provides their best tried and true recipe.
Never Fail Yorkshire Pudding by Lorraine Mauch
Pre-heat oven to 400F (200C)
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 unbeaten eggs (room temperature)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
Grease muffin tins and heat in the oven (the bottom of each should have a thin layer of fat or oil)
Put all ingredients except eggs in a mixing bowl
Beat until mixture is smooth
Add 1 egg at a time and whisk after each egg until well mixed
Pour into hot muffin tins filling 1/2 full
Bake for 15 minutes
Then turn the oven down to 350F (180C) and bake for another 20 – 30 minutes (be careful not to burn them)
Serve hot out of the oven with gravy
Note: Do not open the oven during baking.
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and Happy Eating!
Well, on Darlene’s recommendation, I may even try making Yorkshire Pudding. I must admit that anything that requires rising in the oven is very intimidating to me, but I trust Darlene. Thank you, Darlene, for providing this wonderful story and recipe.