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How to Make Perfectly Risen Yorkshire Puddings

Updated on March 14, 2012

If you’ve ever made Yorkshire Puddings then you have probably made at least one batch that has gone flat and tasted soggy. This has certainly happened to me and I have ended up throwing the whole batch of Yorkshire Puddings straight into the garbage! I decided to master the art of making perfectly risen Yorkshire Puddings and once I got the hang of it I have never had to worry about them going flat or soggy ever again.

So What Are Yorkshire Puddings?

Yorkshire Puddings are a side dish that originated in Yorkshire, England. They are made from a batter of flour, salt, milk and eggs and are traditionally served with roast beef, crisp roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy. When I lived in England, Yorkshire Puddings were a staple as part of our traditional English Sunday dinner.

Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding | Source
The Great Book of Yorkshire Pudding
The Great Book of Yorkshire Pudding

Written by Elaine Lemm from Yorkshire, England, this book covers great detail of the history of the good old British classic Yorkshire Pudding, together with excellent instructions on how to make them.

 
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 12-Cup Muffin Pan, Gray
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 12-Cup Muffin Pan, Gray

If you can't find a traditional Yorkshire Pudding tray, then the Farberware 52106 Nonstick Bakeware 12-Cup Muffin Pan makes a great substitution.

 

Why Don’t Yorkshire Puddings Always Rise?

The two main reasons why Yorkshire Puddings don’t rise properly are because the oven temperature is not hot enough, or because the oil isn’t hot enough.

Prematurely opening the oven door to check or take out the Yorkshire Puddings quickly reduces the temperature and results in that inevitable “sinking” – just like air out of a balloon!

If the oil isn’t hot enough then the Yorkshire Puddings can’t get crispy enough underneath and so they end up taking on more oil than they should. This tends to leave them flat, with an undesirable soggy texture.

Follow these steps to make Perfectly Risen Yorkshire Puddings:

1. Make the Batter

  • 1 Cup Plain Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Milk

  • 1/2 Cup Water

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and make a well in the the center. Pour in the wet ingredients and whisk the batter until well mixed. Then, cover the bowl and refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes. I believe it is very important not to skip over this step because you need the batter to get nice and cold.

2. Prepare the Oven

Now that we know how essential a very hot oven is for making these beauties quickly puff up and stay perfectly well risen. So, while the batter is resting up in the fridge, preheat the oven to a really hot 450 degrees F.

Meanwhile, take a Yorkshire Pudding tray or Muffin Tin and put about 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil in each section. Put the tin in the oven on the top shelf and allow the oil to get very hot while the oven is preheating.

3. Pour the Batter

Now, this is the fun part. To divide your batter into your hot Yorkshire Pudding tray you will need to work very quickly and carefully so as not to scold yourself.

  • Make sure that the oven has reached temperature; the oil in the pan should be very hot and starting to smoke.
  • Quickly open the oven door, remove the pan and close the door again.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the sections of the pan.
  • Quickly get the pan back into the oven on the top shelf and close the oven door.

4. Bake

Bake in the oven for a good 15 minutes until puffy and dry (remember: don't open the oven door until they are done!) If you are making larger Yorkshire Puddings then they may need up to 20 minutes.

This is the part where I turn my oven light on and sit down on the kitchen floor to watch them through the glass in my oven door. I simply can’t resist watching them rising to perfection and getting all nice and crispy.

5. Enjoy!

Yorkshire Puddings Rising in the Oven
Yorkshire Puddings Rising in the Oven | Source

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Yum, yum, yum. Well-written and illustrated. Your writing and Hub design has encouraged me to try this recipe. In the past, I've had relatives and neighbors make this for me, so now, I'm on my own (with guidance). Charm only goes so far . . .

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Arlene, thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my hub. I think you will enjoy these :-)

      Cloverleaf

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      IdeaMorphist 5 years ago from Chicagoland

      My favorite food for as long as I can remember has been roast beef and Yorkshire pudding... I think I will make some soon now!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      IdeaMorphist, can I come over for dinner? LOL. Don't forget to make some of my Crispy Roast Potatoes, too!

      Thanks for your comment,

      Cloverleaf

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Oh boy I love my yorkshire puds. My grandfather used to make the best yorkshires ever and we always ate them on their own before the main roast like you would a starter. His secret to making them extra tasty was to use fat from the roast rather than fresh oil, try it you'll love it.

      I have to vote this one up :-)

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      yummy lovely pics, voted up and useful :-)

      carrie

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      Lu Heaney 5 years ago

      My husband is from England and I finally mastered the "yorkie" after about 5-years (married 10)...I can't wait to try your recipe, it sounds delish!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I really liked this hub. I think I'll have to try and make these. I smiled when I read about you sitting on the floor watching them as they baked. Thanks!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hello Rosemay, I have made them with the drippings - they don't seem to come out quite as "clean" for me but they do give them extra flavour. Thanks so much for the vote up!

      Cloverleaf

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Thanks, Carrie - I appreciate your vote up!

      Cloverleaf

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Lu Heaney, hi again my new friend! Living in Canada now I do miss the English food a lot and don't make these as often as I used to. So when I make them it's a real treat and my husband goes crazy for them!

      Cloverleaf

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      homesteadbound, yeah I'm funny like that - I like to watch my food cook LOL

      I do the same thing for my homemade pizza...

      Cloverleaf

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I like I said before you could diffently write a cook book.

      I'll get this a try. Thank you

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was so delicious. You make me hungry, LOL. Hmm....yummy. I love this recipe. Thanks for share with us. Vote up!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Mmmm I can almost taste them.Thanks for sharibg this delicious hub,I am bookmarking into my favourite recipe hubs.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Oh writer20 you're too kind. I might take your advice one of these days :-)

      Cloverleaf

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Oh writer20 you're too kind. I might take your advice one of these days :-)

      Cloverleaf

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Prasetio, what a great person you are. I always look forward to reading your comments!

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Eiddwen, something told me that you would like this one ;-)

      Cloverleaf.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      You ve great skill and talent i must confess. Great work

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Cheers, ubanichijioke. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

      Cloverleaf.

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      Oh thank you for this! I had no idea about putting the batter in to such a hot pan and will try this next time. Rated UP!

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      What time? I'm hungry! Very well done hub! I feel embarrassed. I lived with a gal & her sisters from Windsor and when they asked me if I wanted some I was afraid of what it was and said 'no.' I know, not nice (head hanging low). But now, it looks very tasty. Maybe I may give this a try myself. Thanks for sharing. I like all the recipes you've shared.

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      Diane Ziomek 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I will try this next time I make them; mine always end up flat. Voted up!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Silvergenes,

      How nice to see you! I haven't seen you around for a while. Let me know how your next batch of Yorkshire Puddings turn out, I think you will be pleasantly surprised :-)

      Thanks for the vote up

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      tsmog,

      Now is the perfect opportunity for you to try these wonderful morsels of battered joy! Soon you will want to share them with the world. I'm happy that you are enjoying my recipes and looking forward to reading more of your own hubs, too!

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi brsmom68,

      You won't have to worry about flat Yorkshire Puddings ever again. Thanks for your great comment and vote up!

      Cloverleaf.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never attempted to make Yorkshire pudding but I may just have to. I've bookmarked your hub so that when I get enough courage up to try this recipe I will. Thanks for the recipe and I will let you know how it turns out. Wish me luck :)

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      SJmorningsun25 5 years ago

      Those sound yummy! Bookmarking to try sometime. Thanks!

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      Catherine Simmons 5 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      I'm really going to try this...getting them wrong is driving me crazy, and I can only blame the oven so may times!!!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      I have never seen nor eaten Yorkshire Puddings, even though I have heard of it, but now I know what it is! It sounds delicious and you have made a great hub explaining how to do them the right way:)) Thanks for sharing

      Tina

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      My god. This looks so good. My stomach is growling at me, ordering me to eat this dish. I've bookmarked this hub, because I'm turning over a new leaf. I'm going to start cooking foods other than ramen and cup of noodles. Thank you for sharing.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Just Ask Susan,

      I think you will do just great at making Yorkshire Puddings, and I hope that you enjoy them! Thanks for the follow, I look forward to reading more of your own hubs also :-)

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Good morning SJmorningsun25,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment! Enjoy!

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi catsimmons

      When in doubt, turn up the oven heat - and don't peek! I'm sure they will turn out perfectly next time.

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Tina,

      I guess you don't see too many Yorkshire Puds in Sweden. Maybe you can start a new trend there? Enjoy!

      Cloverleaf.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi A.A. Zavala,

      I just know that you can make these, they are so easy! You may as well go the whole way and make Yorkshire Puddings with roast beef, vegetables, gravy...everything. Is your stomach still growling? LOL

      Cloverleaf.

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      Escape2Paradise 5 years ago from Bangkok Thailand

      Wow! Yum yum I would love to try some! Thanks for sharing and love those picture looks so tasty :)

      Ploy

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hello Ploy,

      They are somewhat different to the food you are used to eating, but I do think you wold like them!

      Take care,

      Cloverleaf.

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      Marilyn Alexander 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      I was so hoping you would write a hub on Yorkshire puddings! This is another great one! I could not figure out what I was doing wrong when every now and then my Yorkshires would come out soggy. It never occurred to me that the oil was not staying hot enough.

      As Arlene said, you hub design is great and photos are so good looking. Thanks Cloverleaf

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Maralexa,

      Your wish is my command! I hope your next batch of Yorkshires turns out exactly as you'd hope for. Thanks for your great feedback, I appreciate it!

      Cloverleaf.

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      felicitylovespari 5 years ago

      All of your recipes are so great. I am sure your yorkshire pudding won't disappoint.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Are you determined to make me desert vegetarianism and become a carnivore?!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Oh sorry Hyph, I must consider writing a vegetarian hub in your honor. You're always so good to come and comment on all my food hubs! :-)

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Yorkshire puds, my fave. Had them only yesterday!

      Nicely done Louise

      vote up

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Steve, I do miss those good old British Sunday Lunches! Cheers for the vote up.

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