Welcome to week 4 of the #GBBOBloggers2016 and having watched tonights episode of the Great British Bake Off you will know that it was all about batter – a new category for the show infact.
This weeks themes were:
Signature Bake – Savoury Filled Yorkshire Puddings
Technical Bake – Lace Pancakes
Showstopper – Churros
So I chose to make Yorkshire Puddings, and after watching the show tonight, I am very pleased that I did not attempt lacy pancakes!!
However, in order to be a little bit different I made sweet filled ones instead of savoury. Don’t get me wrong I adore savoury Yorkshire Puddings, but to be honest I could not come up with an original savoury filling to fill them with. Therefore, I thought making dessert Yorkshire puddings was more original and I have to say proved to be very tasty.
With Autumn on the way, I thought I would make toffee apple Yorkshire Puddings, because I figured that apple would work well in the oven inside the batter, and toffee sauce always goes well with apples.
and served them with a homemade toffee sauce (and ice cream) to give them even more toffee flavour.
These were easy to make – there were a few processes involved, such as caramelising the apples
Making the batter and then the toffee sauce
BUT they only take a short while to bake, and from start to finish these sweet batter puds take about 30 minutes to make. So no more than making cupcakes really. Infact they look a lot like a muffin don’t they? And the keener eyed of you will notice that they are some black parts , this is mostly caused by the dates that I added to the apples, although some of the ages to my puds were a little charred! Oops!
Even Jenson devoured one of these sweet Yorkshire Puddings ,saying how yummy it was and yet he won’t eat them the normal way, alongside his roast dinner! Kids, huh!?
I have to admit these sweet dessert Yorkshire Puddings are really delicious, and now I am already thinking about what I could make next! I admit they don’t really look that pretty, BUT they tasted gorgeous.
If you fancy having a go yourself, then here is the recipe, although I did not make 24 as per the TV show, I made 6. (I based the recipe on one I found here.)
- *Yorkshire Puddings*
- 25g butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 eating apples peeled, cored and cut into bite-size chunks
- handful of dried dates, chopped
- 1 egg white
- 2 egg
- 140g flour (I used self raising as it was all I had)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 200ml milk
- oil - approx 6 tsp
- *Toffee Sauce*
- 300ml pot double cream
- handful of dried chopped dates
- 85g salted butter
- 100g light muscovado sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 240C/fan 220C
- Heat the butter and 100g of the sugar in a frying pan
- Add the apples and cook over a high heat for 3-4 mins until slightly caramelised and just beginning to soften. At this point I added some dried chopped dates that I had - about 1 spoonful, which I stirred through.
- Leave to one side while you make the pancake batter:
- In a clean bowl, I used my mixer, whisk the egg white until frothy.
- Add the remaining sugar, the whole eggs, the cinnamon, the flour and the milk and keep whisking for a few minutes until a smooth batter is formed .
- Take a 6-hole non-stick Yorkshire pudding tin, and add a splash of oil to each hole and place in the oven for 5 minutes to heat up.
- Remove carefully and spot the batter into each hole, making sure all the fruit is used.
- Put the tin in the oven and leave for 15 mins, without opening the door, until puffed up and golden. Remove from the oven and serve immediately vanilla ice cream and a homemade toffee sauce: (make this while the Yorkshire puddings are cooking)
- Place the sauce ingredients in a pan over a high heat and let the ingredients melt into each other and bubble away until a toffee coloured sauce appears. Decant into a jug.
If you would like to bake along with me for the new series of the Great British Bake Off, then the rules are here and you can grab my badge on my homepage and on the rules page. I look forward to seeing what you come up with and remember that at the end of the bake off, I will be holding my prize draw which has been kindly sponsored by Tesco (thank you!) who are also sponsoring some of the bloggers who link up with some vouchers to purchase ingredients. In the finals an independent judge will choose his or hers 3 favourite bakes from the final bake along (week 10).
Also, for all you bakers out there who like to decorate cakes Renshaw are holding The Great Renshaw Bake Off over on their website, so check it out for your chance to win some fab prizes.