When Jack and I decided to share our Perfect Prime Rib recipe here on A Family Feast – it wasn’t much of a stretch to also decide to share our Yorkshire Pudding with you!
Yorkshire Pudding is a traditional English side dish served with roasts of beef like prime rib or top of the round. A simple batter is poured into a pan of piping-hot beef drippings from the roast – then baked until it puffs up. Once taken out of the oven, the “puff” collapses – and you are left with a soft, custard-like center and crispy outer edges.
Yorkshire Pudding is absolutely heavenly!
The trick to getting your Yorkshire Pudding to puff up in the oven is two-fold:
- Make sure that the beef drippings are extremely hot. Once you’ve taken the roast out of the oven, put the pan with the beef fat back into the oven to heat up again.
- Make sure the batter is extremely cold. We typically chill the batter for at least two hours after mixing it up – or you can chill it overnight.
While Yorkshire Pudding closely resembles a popover – the traditional way to serve it is to cut it into squares after it bakes. In olden days – Yorkshire Pudding was actually served before the roast (you can read more history here) presumably to fill the guests’ stomachs before the more expensive meat was served. Either way – Yorkshire Pudding is a must-make recipe to serve with our Perfect Prime Rib.Print
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 whole eggs
- 1 ¼ cups whole milk
- 4 tablespoons rendered beef fat from cooking beef, or an equal amount of olive oil if beef fat is not available (however – for the best flavor – we recommend the beef fat)
- Whisk flour, salt, eggs and milk to form a batter. Don’t worry about any lumps. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours covered.
- After two hours, preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Add beef fat to a 9X12 roasting pan and place in hot oven for 5 minutes.
- Quickly, pour cold batter into hot fat and close the oven door quickly.
- The batter will puff and rise with high and low areas. Do not open oven during this process but check progress through oven window.
- The pudding should take about 25 minutes but check after 20 minutes, again through the window.
- Once the batter stops puffing and the top starts to get browned, remove from oven and serve immediately with roasted prime rib of beef.
- Some of the pudding will deflate which is totally fine!
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