A BETTER POPOVER/YORKSHIRE PUDDING RECIPE

A BETTER POPOVER/YORKSHIRE PUDDING RECIPE

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WE CAN ALL USE A LITTLE BETTER

It can be depressing today, either for political or personal reasons (for me, both).  So let’s not talk.  Let’s just all, perhaps, realize something about ourselves and others today with, if you can, kindness and faith.

I saw this recipe on a Bon Appetite’s special baking issue, and it has proven to be much superior than my previous Yorkshire pudding recipes.  Mainly, because it allows me to completely forgo the “resting stage” that I had emphasized so strongly before, and that is because this batter is mixed with simmering milk which has prevented the gluten from forming by partially cooking the flour.  No more resting.  This batter can go straight from being mixed to being baked, into the glorious, optimistic, better puffs that they are.

I can we can all use a little better today.

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A BETTER POPOVER/YORKSHIRE PUDDING RECIPE

Yield: 5~7 depending on size

Adapted from Bon Appetite Magazine. I've made several small changes to the recipe because it worked better for me, and I listed the grated cheese as optional because I want the flavour of these to stay neutral, that it can go with sweet or savoury. But if you really like the idea of it, then do it :)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (242 grams) half-half, or whole milk
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup +1 tbsp (103 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp (22 grams) cornstarch, or potato starch
  • 1/4 cup (17 grams) grated cheddar cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Depending on whether your oven comes with the fan-on option or not, preheat the oven on 375 F/190 C fan-on, or 400 F/200 C no-fan. Meanwhile, whisk together half-half (or whole milk), light brown sugar and sea salt in a small pot, and heat over medium heat until it just starts to simmer. While the milk is heating, beat large eggs inside a large, easy-to-pour jar or container. Once the milk's ready, slowly pour it into the eggs while whisking vigorously (must be slow and keep whisking otherwise the eggs may get cooked). Then add the flour and cornstarch, and whisk until just combined (tiny lumps here and there is fine). If you're using grated cheddar, add now and whisk until combined.
  2. Generously butter each popover pan, or muffin pan, or individual tin cups with about 1 1/2 tsp of butter, then bake in the oven for about 3~5 min when the butter is starting to brown slightly. Pour the batter into the mold until about 50% full, then bake in the oven for 15 min. Then turn the heat down to 350 F/175 F FAN OFF, and bake for another 20~25 min. During this whole time, do not open the oven door. If the color of the popovers are getting too dark in the last few min, turn the heat down a bit. The popovers must be baked for at least 35~45 min in total depending on their sizes, otherwise they might deflate afterwards.
  3. Remove the popovers/yorkshire puddings from the molds. They can be eaten as is, or "stuffed" with sweet fillings (such as chocolate mouse, custard, buttercream etc).
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20 Comments
  • Kati | black.white.vivid.

    November 10, 2016 at 4:35 PM Reply

    Beautiful post and recipe. And yes, we can all use something so comforting and delicious right now. x Kati

  • Tori//Gringalicious

    November 10, 2016 at 4:50 PM Reply

    These look fantastic! I always appreciate the recipes you share because I know you’re so good at finding the best versions of everything!

  • Alex

    November 10, 2016 at 7:56 PM Reply

    Beautiful recipe – I love the simplicity and un-pretentiousness of it. Also, I did not know there was such a thing as “popover tins”. Is this a British thing, you think?

  • Lauran

    November 10, 2016 at 11:13 PM Reply

    I’m British and I’ve never heard of a pop-over tin!

  • RossC

    November 10, 2016 at 11:52 PM Reply

    Both recipe and results are lovely… These popovers will bring comfort to a saddened heart… :O)

  • Dulcistella

    November 11, 2016 at 12:31 AM Reply

    Hey Mandy, have you seen the food lan guide for Yorkshire puddings? I love that nerdy stuff ☺

    • Dulcistella

      November 11, 2016 at 12:32 AM Reply

      I meant lab… stupid smartphone

  • Joyce @ Sun Diego Eats

    November 11, 2016 at 1:21 AM Reply

    Love recipes where there are no resting times (like your scallion pancake recipe!). Makes it infinitely easier to throw together for a weekday dinner.

    P.S. Trying to focus on the (razor thin) silver lining of the overwhelmingly disheartening recent political happenings, I think we are in for 4 years of grade AAA comedy material for Onion headlines, SNL skits, and Daily Show segments.

    • Fern

      November 12, 2016 at 11:01 AM Reply

      I just hope to Spurrier. I need cheering up, too. Pop-overs would do the trick.

      • Fern

        November 12, 2016 at 11:03 AM Reply

        Good grief. Survive, not spurrier, which means what?

  • ihath

    November 11, 2016 at 4:42 AM Reply

    In these confusing times, the kitchen is a source of comfort. My recipe for when nothing seems to be making sense is this lasagna that looks like a giant strawberry ….. why? ….. because it make no sense whatsoever. http://ihath.com/2015/08/17/2507/

  • Jessica

    November 11, 2016 at 11:41 PM Reply

    wow i bet the bit of sugar and potato starch really makes the consistency something awesome!!!! I’d love to try these!!

    http://www.searedandshameless.com

  • Ellie | from scratch, mostly

    November 12, 2016 at 7:58 AM Reply

    This looks absolutely perfect Mandy….my mouth is literally watering at the site of that texture. <3333

  • Ellie | from scratch, mostly

    November 12, 2016 at 7:59 AM Reply

    oops, *sight not *site. Be nice to me. I’m short on sleep because of a certain newborn :P

  • Fern

    November 12, 2016 at 10:59 AM Reply

    We had a heavy popover tin when I was growing up. I think it made 6 or 8 poppers and may have been cast iron or cast aluminum, if there is such a thing. It was an antique even then, so count yourself lucky if you find one today.

  • tunie

    November 19, 2016 at 12:06 PM Reply

    You mention a variety of fillings but whatever is on the ones in the photo, along with that mystery sauce, looks amazing. Please let us know what they are! Looks like maybe clotted cream and either treacle sauce or if savory, soy sauce?? Please tell us, it looks too delicious! Thanks!

  • Andy

    December 3, 2016 at 3:16 AM Reply

    When you take the popovers out of the pan, poke them with a knife to let the steam escape. This will help prevent any deflating.

  • Athena

    December 5, 2016 at 7:43 AM Reply

    making these tonight with slow roasted carrots, potatoes, and an onion/shiitake brown gravy. can’t wait.

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