Thursday, October 23, 2014

Easy Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

Good Thursday Morning everyone. Today I want to post (at the request of some of my readers) my Yorkshire Pudding recipe.

I've had various friends quiver in their boots at the thought of making Yorkshire puddings, and I have to say I'm not really sure why. They are really easy. The trick is to have the oil hot and the batter cold when you put the two together and to let them bake long enough so that they are nice and crispy and don't collapse when you take them out of the oven. 

Read through the recipe first before making them so that you understand the process and the timings. There's nothing worse than realizing 15 minutes before you are set to eat that the batter actually needs 1 hour standing time!

As I mentioned in an earlier post this week, you can make batches of them (I usually double the recipe) and then freeze them. They freeze beautifully. Just pop them in the oven straight from the freezer about 5-10 minutes before serving your roast and you will have perfect Yorkshire Puds :)

Yorkshire Puddings
Oven temp: 230 deg c.
makes 1 dozen using a muffin tin

Note: Make this mixture 1 hour before you will be baking as it needs standing time

125 g flour
2 ml salt (I actually add all sorts of herbs and spicing here - makes for tastier puds)
2 large eggs
200 ml milk
30 ml (2 Tblsp) cold water

* Sieve the flour and salt (herbs and spicing) into a large basin and make a well in the center. 

*Break the eggs into the well and add a little of the milk.

*With a wooden spoon gradually draw in the flour, and mix the ingredients together, adding milk a little at a time until you have a thick batter.

*Beat with the wooden spoon until the batter is smooth, then stir in the remaining milk.

*Leave the mixture to stand for about an hour

* pour a little oil into the bottom of each muffin cup - about a teaspoon each. Put muffin tray into the oven until the oil is smoking hot - literally, you need to see smoke coming up from the oil.

* Stir in the 2 Tblsp of water into the batter (this will drop the temperature of the batter) then working quickly, take the muffin tray out of the oven and pour the batter (I use a small soup ladle) into the muffin cups. Put back into the oven to bake on the top shelf for about 25 minutes, until risen, crisp and golden-brown.

You can also use this exact same mixture to make Toad-in-the-hole - a delish English dish :)

Wishing you all a lovely day :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crafty Finishes!

Well it's been a week of finishes here. My crochet blanket is finally finished. The last little bit always seems to take aaaaages!

But it is now done and happily being utilised on these crisp autumn evenings. It's lovely and thick and heavy and the perfect size for in front of the telly, or to be popped into the back seat of the car for early morning trips in the winter-time.

Another little finish this week is my first little Christmas stitchery. I found this little chart somewhere on the web and thought it would make a lovely little cushion to sit on my Christmas mantle.

Teamed with this gorgeous poinsettia fabric gifted to my by my mother-in-law, and a bit of Ric-Rac trim, all the ingredients for a successful little ornament ;)

I love how it has turned out and am inspired to really get going on my Christmas gifts in good time this year!

Wishing you all a super creative Wednesday :)

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quiet Autumn Mornings

There is something quite special about getting up before the rest of the family and greeting the new day. Autumn brings it's own delights. 

All that mist, dewy grass...

a hint of clear skies to come and a lovely nip in the air...

not forgetting the little be-jewelled spiders webs which are so beautiful this time of year...

Yes - I do love autumn mornings :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Home Blessings

Red sky in the morning .... sailors warning!

It was a beautiful sunrise this morning, but I knew it wouldn't last. When the sky is all lit up like this in the morning rain and gloomy skies are sure to follow. We haven't had a huge amount of rain but gloomy skies are in abundance :)

However, gloomy skies don't often get me down. I really like the rain and the coziness of being indoors and busying myself with something lovely and creative to do - when I'm not teaching the girls of course.

Today we had a day off - getting back into the saddle of things after my mother-in-law flew back to South Africa on Saturday. I had quite a bit of lesson planning that HAD to be done followed with a bit of shopping. Both tasks were completed by 12h30, which left me a bit of stitching time.

These cute little hanging decorations came as a freebie in October's Cross-Stitcher magazine. I was thrilled with these as I had pinned something similar onto my cross-stitching Pinterest board. I loved stitching these little woodland creatures and plan to stitch the rest of the little folk soon. I'm thinking that they would look ever so cute on the Christmas tree this year.

Another finish - this cute little kitty playing in the snow with her robin friend. A freebie (I have many of them) from one of my favourite mags last year - or was it the year before? Hmmm, well either way it is now complete. I don;t think I will be sending it as a card as it is just too cute. I'm thinking that it would look lovely in a little frame and displayed in my home over the festive season.

Another magazine freebie completed and mounted into it's little card. This one is so cute and most certainly will make a lovely addition to a gift for someone special. Not sure who yet so I will pop it away somewhere safe for next years birthday rounds :)

Lastly, in the kitchen I've been doing a bit of bulk cooking for the freezer. I popped yesterdays roast chicken carcass in the crock-pot with carrots, leeks onions and various herbs and spices and let it simmer on low overnight to make a delicious stock. This will form the base of a lovely pot of soup later on in the winter.

Yorkshire puddings - loads of them. I usually make about two dozen at a time and simply pop them in the freezer once they have cooled. They keep beautifully and all you need to do is pop them in the oven for the last 5 to 8 minutes of your roasts cooking time to heat and crisp up. Delish!

That's about it for today's round-up of ordinary living :) Hope that you have all had a super start to your week.

Blessings to you all....