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Yorkshire Pudding Day

February 5

Well, we may be just a little bit biased here at awareness days, being born and bred in Yorkshire. But Yorkshire Pudding Day is right up there with our favourites of all the fun awareness days, rivalled only by Chocolate Week and National Curry Week, and to celebrate the utter fantastic ness of the good old Yorkshire Pudding, here’s a little bit of history about how the fab things came about. Yum!

When wheat flour began to come into common use for making cakes and puddings, cooks in the north of England devised a means of making use of the fat that dropped into the dripping pan to cook a batter pudding while the meat roasted. During 1737, a recipe for “a dripping pudding” (later named “The Yorkshire Pudding”) was published in the book The Whole Duty of a Woman:

Make a good batter as for pancakes; put in a hot toss-pan over the fire with a bit of butter to fry the bottom a little then put the pan and butter under a shoulder of mutton, instead of a dripping pan, keeping frequently shaking it by the handle and it will be light and savoury, and fit to take up when your mutton is enough; then turn it in a dish and serve it hot.

Similar instructions were published during 1747 in the book The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse, with the name ‘Yorkshire pudding’. It was she who renamed the original version, known as Dripping Pudding, which had been cooked in England for centuries, although these puddings were much flatter than the puffy versions made today.