The 13th of October is Yorkshire Pudding Day in the United States. It bookends on the calendar a British Yorkshire Pudding Day held in February.
Perhaps it’s a good thing that there’s two Yorkshire Pudding Days, because many Americans don’t know what Yorkshire Pudding is yet. They see the word “pudding” and assume it’s a dessert. And frankly, no Yorkshire Pudding lover is going to complain anyway that Yorkshires, as the puddings are fondly known, get featured twice a year.
Yorkshire pudding is a savoury crispy puff, made from a batter and cooked in fat. It rises, puffs and crisps as it cooks. It’s typically served with dinner, as part of a meal consisted of roasted meat, cooked veg, and gravy, etc.
Today is a good day to learn about and celebrate Yorkshire puddings by treating yourself to some, whether you make them from scratch or from frozen, or treat yourself to some as part of a pub or restaurant meal.
You can make a Yorkshire pudding as one large pudding in a square cake pan to be sliced up, or, as small individual ones in muffin tins, or as one plate-sized one that acts as a bowl to hold a meal for one person.
You can have a Yorkshire as a starter to a meal, or as part of the main course.
English writer Duncan Lindsay suggests Lindsay, Duncan. National Yorkshire Pudding Day: 9 delicious and easy yorkie dishes to blow your taste buds. London, England: Metro. 7 February 2016. Accessed July 2019 at https://metro.co.uk/2016/02/07/national-yorkshire-pudding-day-9-delicious-and-easy-yorkie-dishes-to-blow-your-taste-buds-5663313:
- make a really large one, and use it as a bowl for something surprising such as a bowl of chili, pulled pork, or sausage and caramelized onion;
- miniature ones can used as a canapé, stuffed with food items such as cream cheese and smoked salmon;
- have one as a dessert filled with jam, or strawberries and cream, or ice cream and syrup, or drizzle with melted chocolate and coconut.
A brief line in an article on self-empowerment mentions that October holds Yorkshire Pudding Day but does not give it any particular date:
“This month includes Bathtub Day, Curious Events Day and Yorkshire Pudding Day”. — Kielburger, Marc and Craig. Female Executives Share Tips. Calgary, Alberta: Calgary Herald. Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Page F3, col. 1.
The first print mention that CooksInfo is aware of to date giving the 13th of October date occurred in 2017 in Pennsylvania:
“Today is… National Train Your Brain Day; National Yorkshire Pudding Day; Navy Birthday.” — Sunbury, Pennsylvania: The Daily Item. Friday, 13 October 2017. Page A1, page bottom.
Barrie, Josh. National Yorkshire Pudding Day: How Aunt Bessie’s factory makes 639,095,954 puddings a year at its factory in Hull. London, England: i (newspaper). 3 February 2019. Accessed July 2019 at https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/food-and-drink/national-yorkshire-pudding-day-aunt-bessies-factory-hull/
Blackburn, Christopher. National Yorkshire Pudding Day 2019. Yorkshire Pudd Food Blog. 25 January 2019. Accessed July 2019 at https://www.yorkshirepudd.co.uk/yorkshire-pudding-day/
Celebrate the British Yorkshire Pudding Day. London, England: Corrigan’s Restaurant. 30 January 2017. Accessed July 2017 at http://www.corrigansmayfair.co.uk/celebrate-british-yorkshire-pudding-day/
Clay, Xanthe. Yorkshire puds aren’t just for roasts – they’re a cracking dessert, too. London, England: Daily Telegraph. 30 January 2015. Accessed July 2019 at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11377277/Yorkshire-puds-arent-just-for-roasts-theyre-a-cracking-dessert-too.html
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