Things went far from smoothly in the The Great British Bake Off tent this week. It seems that the newly introduced ‘Batter Week’ gave a few of the bakers problems.
For the signature challenge the contestants were asked to bake 12 identical Yorkshire puddings.
Clearly whoever came up with this particular challenge, missed the point about Yorkshire puddings, they are not suppose to be identical. These are not biscuits or petit four… they are little explosions of batter, impossibly held up by hope and expectation, each with its own personality; big fat round ones, ones which are twice as high on one side than the other, but each one light fluffy and ridiculously tasty.
For batter week, I have decide to make sweet Cinnamon Yorkshire Puddings which are often called Popovers.
3/4 cup of plain flour
1 tbsp of melted butter (cooled)
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
6 tbsps Vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup of melted butter
Put a tablespoon of vegetable oil in each of the wells of the popover tin, I used a stoneware version but you can use metal. Stoneware takes more pre heating.
Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees with the popover tin in the oven.
Mix together the flour, eggs, milk, butter, cinnamon and vanilla essence.
Whisk until light and fluffy.
Carefully take the pan out of the oven and split the batter between each well. This batter is enough to make 6 large popovers.
Place in the oven and cook for approximately 35-40 minutes. This will depend on the size of the popovers.
Do not open the oven during this time!
Remove the popovers from the pan straight away and make a small slit in the bottom to let out the steam. Allow to cool until they are cool enough to handle but still warm (this will help the sugar to stick).
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Brush the popovers with melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar.
Serve straightaway if possible. They are delicious warm. They can be reheated and eaten later if needed.
The combination of the fluffy warm dough goes really nicely with creamy cold vanilla ice-cream. Well lets be honest any ice-cream!!!!!