Goat Cheese and Thyme Yorkshire Puddings – a classic English popover made form a simple batter consisting of eggs, milk, flour and loaded with goat cheese and thyme.
This name is really misleading since it really has nothing to do with pudding, in fact a Yorkshire pudding is really a savory popover, an English popover made from a simple batter consisting of eggs, flour and milk. Usually Yorkshire puddings are served as a side dish with beef and lots of gravy. This Brits, they have a lot of weird names for some of their recipes, like toad-in-the-hole, which is basically a sausage baked inside a large Yorkshire pudding.
I, however, like to eat mine as a snack but I do like to flavor it with various things. This time I decided to make them with goat cheese and lots of fresh thyme. Great flavor combo and one hell of a snack. I don’t think I need to tell you that they were gone as soon as they came out of the oven.
I used a popover pan to make these, but a muffin pan will work just as well. The batter couldn’t get any more simple, I just used my blender and added the milk, eggs, flour and salt to it and blended it until the batter was smooth. Then basically just use a spatula to stir in the cheese and thyme. Next you want to add a bit of vegetable oil inside each popover or muffin cup, about a tsp or so and pop the pan in the oven and heat it really well, for at least 10 or 15 minutes. You want that oil to be bubbling hot, so when you pour your batter in each cup, you should see how the batter is already starting to cook. Traditionally they use beef drippings instead of vegetable oil, so if you happen to have beef drippings on hand then by all means, use that.
Then simply pop it back in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, again it depends on your oven, in mine it took about 30 minutes actually, but I would start checking after 15 minutes, so you don’t burn them. You’ll notice as they bake how they rise nicely and the smell in your kitchen will be unbearable. Because of the oil we added, they shouldn’t stick at all, you should be able to just lift them right up with ease.
There are probably many variations of this old recipe, and you can probably add to the batter any herbs or cheeses you can think of. That’s why I love these simple recipes, they’re versatile and so delicious.
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Goat Cheese and Thyme Yorkshire Puddings
- 12 tsp vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 200 ml milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup goat cheese crumbled or grated
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme chopped
- Preheat your oven to 425 F degrees.
- Add about 1 tsp of vegetable oil in each of your popover or muffin cup. Place the popover pan in the oven and heat it for at least 10 or 15 minutes. The oil should be really hot.
- In the meantime, add the eggs, all purpose flour, milk and salt to a blender and blend until smooth, for about 1 minute.
- Using a spatula, stir in the goat cheese and fresh thyme.
- Pour the batter into each popover cup, about 3/4 of the way up. There should be enough batter for 12 Yorkshire puddings.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, start checking after 12 or 15 minutes as the baking time could vary, depending on your oven. Mine took about 30 minutes. You basically want them to be golden brown.
- Remove from popover pan and serve.