As we all know, Yorkshire puddings are one of the ultimate British delicacies, if not the pinnacle of British food.
But if you’ve never had the outrageous benefit of trying one, then quite clearly you’ll just be wondering what Yorkshire pudding is, and what it tastes like.
Considering we scoff them down at least once a week with our Sunday Roast, we think we’re qualified here at the British Grub Hub to answer this one:
Yorkshire pudding is an English delicacy that tastes most like a savoury pancake, considering both contain the same ingredients: flour, eggs, milk, salt. But still, the taste of Yorkshire Pudding is really unique, mainly because it’s British, but also because it’s cooked differently to a pancake.
While the taste of Yorkshire pudding is truly special, there’s several other foods that you could say taste quite similar (examples coming right up).
We’ll also help you out with how to make (and where to eat) yours.
What Is Yorkshire Pudding?
Yorkshire pudding(s), otherwise just known as ‘Yorkshires’, ‘Yorkshire puds’, or ‘Yorkies’, are one of the UK’s most traditional delicacies, made from a simple batter of eggs, milk, flour, and a pinch of salt.
If you were to describe Yorkshire pudding, you’d say it’s a savoury British dish cooked in the oven with a special Yorkshire pudding tray (similar to a muffin tin). The batter is cooked in hot fat, ideally beef dripping for the most traditional taste.
More specifically, Yorkshire pudding is a cooked English delicacy, originating in Yorkshire in the north of England (but enjoyed throughout the UK, and if we have it our way, the rest of the world). We love them so much in Blighty, that there’s even a Yorkshire Pudding Day.
It’s understandable that a first-time visitor of the UK is often confused at first, believing Yorkshire pudding to be a classic British dessert( a fair assumption, given the word ‘pudding’). We apologise for our weird British food names.
Yorkshire Pudding is most commonly a side dish, or rather, item, that accompanies a traditional British beef roast dinner, but is also commonly cooked as part of another of the most famous British dishes, toad in the hole.
What Should Yorkshire Pudding Taste Like?
Quite simply, your Yorkshire Pudding should taste like this:
- Savoury, not sweet.
- Eggy, but not too eggy.
- Slightly fatty (from your oil or beef dripping), but not greasy.
- Cooked, not raw.
In a way, you could say a good Yorkshire pud’ shouldn’t taste of much at all, other than the plain yet seasoned batter, the drippings of your roast meat (or oil) and of course, gravy.
What Is The Texture Of Yorkshire Pudding?
The consistency of Yorkshire pudding batter is like that of a pancake batter, or similar to the consistency of double cream. The texture of Yorkshire pudding itself ideally consists of a crispy exterior and outer rim, but with a hollow, soft and fluffy, almost bread-like centre.
What Does Yorkshire Pudding Taste Like?
If comparing to other foods, you might say Yorkshire pudding tastes like quite a few things, including: American Popovers, the French Gougère (a savoury pastry), Dutch Baby Pancakes, or Takoyaki (a Japanese puff batter dumpling).
Although let’s face it, you won’t find us saying Yorkshire pudding tastes the same as any of them, or anything else for that matter. Clearly, Yorkshire pudding has a far superior taste.
Is Yorkshire Pudding Hot Or Cold?
Yorkshire Pudding is, by its cooked nature, a hot dish and best served hot, straight from the oven. But there’s also the guilty pleasure of eating them cold, either as a leftover from your roast dinner, or in some other fashion.
What To Eat With Yorkshire Pudding?
While we do our best to avoid hate mail from British traditionalists, by making it abundantly clear that the best way to enjoy Yorkshire pudding is of course with a classic roast beef dinner, there’s also plenty of other ways that one can be eaten.
With it’s simple flavour profile, Yorkshire Pudding is actually a really versatile food. The next best way to enjoy them, or at least the most common, is with toad in the hole, one of the most classic British dinners.
Beyond that, here’s some other ideas:
- A Yorkshire Pudding wrap / burrito
- Mini Yorkshire Pudding vol-au-vents
- Serve as a side dish to Bangers and Mash
- Apple and Blackberry Yorkshire Puddings
Yorkshire Pudding Recipe
Want to make your own Yorkshire Pudding? Then try this epic recipe:
- 175g of strong bread flour
- 4 eggs
- 300ml of full-fat milk
- 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1 dollop of lard
- Beat together the flour, salt, eggs, milk and nutmeg to form a batter. Leave to rest for at least an hour
2. Heat a non stick Yorkshire pudding tray with the fat and place in the oven at 200°C/Gas mark 6 until the fat is smoking.
3. Pour in the batter and cook for approx 20-25 minutes until well risen. Serve immediately as an accompaniment to a traditional roast.
Recipe courtesy of Great British Chefs
So that’s all about the famous Yorkshire pudding, what it tastes like, and how to eat yours. Although clearly, the absolute best way to enjoy Yorkshire pudding is to find a top-notch British pub to eat yours…
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