Yorkshire puddings

I was born in Yorkshire, I live in Yorkshire, I am Yorkshire through and through, so why oh why can I not make Yorkshire Puddings that rise and look pretty?

I tried again tonight. I appeared calm, I was not about to let the batter know I felt nervous. Everything was going great…the batter was smooth, the pudding tray was hot. I poured in the mixture, it sizzled and I smelled victory! I looked through the glass in the oven, they were rising…yes!! Then they didn’t rise any more, they just stayed there and turned golden brown. Victory ebbed away.

But,  I   w i l l   n o t   b e   b e a t e n!  I will conquer the great Y o r k s h i r e  P u d d i n g! I must for I am from Yorkshire!!

Questions need answering here:

Did I have the fat hot enough in the tin? – I think so.

Was the batter mixed correctly? – I did what the Be-Ro cook book said.

Should all Yorkshire people be able to make Yorkshire Puddings? Erm…not sure about that one!

My Nan made  a m a z i n g  Yorkshire Puds, I wish she had told me her secret! But, I will not be deterred, because even though the ones I made today looked a little like they had been stamped on, they did taste great, so that’s half the battle!

Here’s the Be-Ro recipe if you fancy making some, however,  if they look better than mine I don’t want to know…only kidding!

Have a great week ahead!

Jane x


Lemon drizzle cake

Apologies for the lack of foody adventures round here lately…work, home and life in general have been a bit hectic, but hey I’m here now!

I have been watching ‘The Great British Bake Off’ like so many other people and am thoroughly enjoying it. However, I do watch it with a slight feeling of envy, baking is simply not my forte (is anything?) and I really wish it was.

Now I love lemon cake, but always seem to struggle to make cakes, they usually look more like a large biscuit! However, undeterred I thought what the heck I am going to give it a go! I searched for a suitable recipe (aka simple) and found this one from Tana Ramsay, wife of Gordon. I find that I get on a lot better with less ingredients and simple instructions, so this one is perfect.

I felt quite relaxed making this cake, none of my usual ‘am I stirring the spoon the right way’ anxiety and I must admit I found it very therapeutic, which is a new feeling while baking I can tell you.

Anyway the cake turned out great, beautifully moist and lemony, so thanks Tana. Unfortunately, I have already had three pieces!! I knew there was another reason, other than I am not very good, why I don’t bake often.

Wish I could send you all a piece, if for no other reason than to stop me eating the whole flipping thing!!

Take care and I will try not to leave it so long next time…Jane x