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Smart Wife’s Perfect Yorkshire pudding recipe

Photo of a tray of perfect yorkshire puddings

Successful individual yorkshire puddings made in a fairy cake tray


We now have an even better recipe for Yorkshire puddings – these are crisp and keep their shape.

Years ago Smart Wife taught me how to make perfect Yorkshire puddings. I often ruined the joint but our individual Yorkshire puds were perfect every time. Rising like a miniature Tower Of Pisa army, they happily deflected attention away from the teeth challenging meat.

On Sunday, Danny suddenly gets serious at around six o’clock and puts on his King Of Roasts mantle. If he is cooking beef I am invited to be his Queen Of Yorkshire Puds.

There are three key tips:

1. Make individual puds – I use an individual cake/bun/mince pie tray- they rise far higher and tend to keep their shape better than one big baking tray.

2. Make sure that the oil in the pans is smoking before you add the batter.

3. Only use plain white flour.

This Sunday I used a bread making flour – white with the goodness of added grains. Big mistake!

Rather than the usual five inch high puds we got the three inch hovels that you can see in the photo. They flattened as I waved a camera at them. They tasted fine but didn’t have so much hanger appeal.

N.B. December 2 2007: I have experimented with this recipe and had great results using a heavier dish.

Smart Wife’s Perfect Yorkshire pudding recipe feeds 4 or 2 greedy people like D and me – they’re great cold with a slice of ham for breakfast)


Smart Wife’s Perfect Yorkshire pudding recipe
Recipe Type: Side dish
Author: Fiona
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 2-4
  • 110g of plain white flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 300ml of chilled milk (we use semi skimmed and I think that Smart Wife probably used full cream)
  • 2-3 tablespoonfuls of olive oil/ beef dripping/rape seed oil
  • Large pinch of salt
  1. Sift the plain flour into a bowl. Add the salt.
  2. Make a well in the centre and break in the two eggs. Gently whisk the eggs into the flour and gradually add the milk. I now use my stick blender to do this and it gives a much better result. Ideally, return the mixture to the fridge in a jug for half an hour to chill. If you don’t have time for that the puds will be fine, just won’t rise quite as much.
  3. Put a little oil (about 0.5 tsp) in eight wells in the cake tin and put on the top shelf of a preheated oven 220c (200c fan) for ten minutes.
  4. Quickly whisk your batter and pour onto the hot, smoking oil in the wells in the cake tin. The oil should bubble up around the batter. Speed counts.
  5. Bake at the top of the oven for 20 minutes, turning the tray around after ten minutes.
  6. Time the puds to be ready when the joint is just about to be carved so you will serve them at their crispest and best.

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  1. Claire Wilkinson

    Would this recipe work for toad in the hole please.

    • Fiona Nevile

      Hi Claire, Both work well for toad in the hole. I tend to use the updated recipe – link at the top of the post – as I find cups easier and quicker. Love to hear how you get on!

  2. John Eley

    So I happy I just found this recipe stored on my browse from years ago …not made one decent Yorkshire since I lost it ….it’s amazing works every time

  3. Love this recipe! The best Yorkshire puddings I’ve ever made!! Scrumdidlyumptious!!

  4. Sheetal

    Yorkshires turned out great! Were very light and fluffy! First attempt and was a success!!

  5. Amazing Yorkshire pudding recipe!
    My boyfriend said that for once the Yorkshire puddings I made actually tasted like Yorkshire puddings haha!

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