Yorkshire Pudding, Florentine-Style

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I dreamed of Yorkshire pudding--and the next day Mark Bittman wrote about Yorkshire pudding in the New York Times, substituting butter for beef drippings in the classic recipe. I was making Tuscan roast beef (on the stove-top) for lunch and decided to adapt Bittman's recipe to suit my Florentine husband, who feels that butter is a lipid for un-evolved palates. And besides, why melt butter when extra virgin is already liquid? I used soft wheat flour (no all-purpose in Italy) which makes for lighter baked goods. And I threw in a spoonful of fantastic cornmeal. My husband was very happy with the results.

I was speaking to Corby and told him about my recipe. He said it was perfect for the holidays and insisted that I write it up immediately. So here it is. Auguri!

Recipe: Florentine-shire Pudding


    • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 cup milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons soft wheat flour
    • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 425. Put one teaspoon extra virgin in the cups of a 12 cup muffin tin.

Mix remaining tablespoon extra virgin and the rest of the ingredients together.

Heat the muffin tin for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, fill muffin cups halfway and bake for 15 minutes. Lower heat to 350 and bake another 15 minutes. Remove from tin and serve immediately.

To try another take on Yorkshire pudding, click here for popover pancakes.

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Faith Willinger is a chef, author, and born-again Italian. She moved to Italy in 1973 and has spent over 30 years searching for the best food from the Alps to Sicily. More

Faith Heller Willinger is a born-again Italian. She moved to Italy in 1973 and was seduced by Italian regional cooking. Faith has spent more than 30 years searching for the best food and wine, as well as the world beyond the table from the Alps to Sicily. She has no regrets about mileage or calories. Faith was awarded the prestigious San Pellegrino award for outstanding work as an ambassador of Italian cooking. She lives full-time in Florence with her Tuscan husband, Massimo. Her son Max lives in Milan. She's the author of the bestselling (9th printing) guidebook Eating in Italy, the cookbook Red, White & Greens, and the narrative recipe book Adventures of an Italian Food Lover. Faith teaches in her kitchen in Florence on Wednesdays, supplied with freshly picked produce from her favorite farmers. Check out her web site at www.faithwillinger.com.

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