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Mary Berry's recipe for quick and easy Yorkshire puddings - and secret to make them rise

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Yorkshire puddings are a roast dinner staple and if you're planning on including them in your Christmas Day feast, we have a great recipe for you from TV cook Mary Berry.

The former Great British Bake Off star has a delicious Yorkshire pudding recipe in her cookbook Mary Berry’s Family Sunday Lunches. Her Yorkshires can also be pre-cooked and reheated – perfect for being organised at Christmas. And speaking of being organised, if you haven't already got your Christmas tree decorations sorted, then check out the video below where the baking star even wears the tinsel!

WATCH: Mary Berry gets dressed up in tinsel for festive TV appearance with Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc

Mary says: "My recipe has changed over the years – flours have become more refined and I find I get the best rise adding more eggs and omitting a little milk. If you only have full-fat milk, replace a quarter of the milk with water." 

Mary Berry's Yorkshire pudding recipe

Serves: 8


The TV star shares top tips for making your Yorkshire puddings rise


  • 100g/4oz plain flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 225ml semi-skimmed milk
  • Approx 125ml sunflower oil

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1. Preheat the oven to 220C, Fan 200C, Gas 7. You will need a 12-hole deep bun tin or 2 x 4-hole large Yorkshire pudding tins.

2. Measure the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre.  Add the eggs and a little milk. Whisk until smooth and gradually add the remaining milk. This can be made by hand but is best made with an electric hand whisk until the bubbles burst on the surface. Pour into a jug.

3. Measure a dessert spoon of oil into each hole of the 12-hole tin or a tablespoon in each hole of the 4-hole tins. Transfer to the preheated oven for about 5 minutes until the oil is piping hot.

4. Carefully remove from the oven and pour the batter equally between the holes.

5. Return to the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and well risen. Serve immediately.

To prepare ahead:

The puddings can be made completely ahead and reheated in a hot oven (temperature as right) for about 8 minutes. The batter can be made up to 2 hours ahead. They freeze well cooked.

To cook in the AGA:

Slide on to the lowest set of runners in the roasting oven for about 20 minutes.

Like this recipe? For more ideas and an array of recipes, pick up a copy of Mary Berry's Family Sunday Lunches, published by Headline.

We've tracked down a copy of the bestselling tome on Amazon. Brimming with ideas for hearty family meals and classic British staples, it'll see you through the festive season and beyond.

mary berry family sunday lunches

Mary Berry's Family Sunday Lunches, £16.99, Amazon


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