The first Sunday in February is Yorkshire Pudding Day.
It’s a day to celebrate Yorkshire puddings by treating yourself to some, whether you make from scratch or from frozen, or treat yourself to some as part of a pub or restaurant meal.
Yorkshire pudding is a savoury crispy puff, made from a batter and cooked in fat. It rises, puffs and crisps as it cooks.
Traditionally, “Yorkshires” (as they are fondly referred to) were served with beef, but now many people insist they are good for any kind of meal where there is gravy. Some restaurants in England (such as Toby’s Carvery) even serve them at breakfast now.
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.
Some people will follow a Yorkshire pudding recipe to a T and still encounter failure. Others will not follow a recipe or measure anything and make perfect puddings effortlessly every time.
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.
According to Yorkshire’s Best Guides, a February Yorkshire Pudding Day was first celebrated in 2007. Cowling, Sarah. National Yorkshire Pudding Day – Sunday 4 February 2018. 29 January 2018. Accessed July 2019 at http://yorkshiresbestguides.co.uk/national-yorkshire-pudding-day-sunday-4-february-2018/
Some American food holiday websites say that National Yorkshire Pudding Day falls on the 13th of October, but, as this is a thoroughly English dish, CooksInfo has chosen to go with the English date, reckoning that the English would have a leg up on best knowing when the day actually was.
See also: Yorkshire Pudding
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
|↑1||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|
|↑2||Cowling, Sarah. National Yorkshire Pudding Day – Sunday 4 February 2018. 29 January 2018. Accessed July 2019 at http://yorkshiresbestguides.co.uk/national-yorkshire-pudding-day-sunday-4-february-2018/|