This Ain’t Your Momma’s Chocolate Pudding!

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Today is my not-so-little brother’s birthday!  It’s hard to believe where the time has gone.  It’s been a wild ride, from the day, 26 years ago, that my 4.5 year old self woke up to find my grandma sitting on the couch and my parents, “out for a little while”, to today, celebrating another year lived by one of my best friends!  I won’t get into the mushy love and pride that I have for this “kid”, but I will tell you, he’s pretty incredible.  And it’s not just because I taught him everything I know!

It’s tradition in my family to receive breakfast in bed on your birthday.  Even if you live a four or ten hour car ride away, you’ll receive a box that you are NOT to open until your eyes pop open on your special day.  My brother even has his own tradition for his “birthday eve” celebrations.  As a family, we have another on-going tradition, of having Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding.  Roast beef and pudding – sounds gross, right?  This ain’t your chocolate pudding!  This is a decadent, fluffy, “eggy” popover covered with roast beef, carrots and onions, and smothered with homemade gravy.

Ahh, my heart melts just thinking about it!

Doesn’t it look scrumptious?  My mouth is watering!  Luckily, the tradition continues and I have this to look forward to this evening.  But until then, I thought I’d share the recipe with you in case you want to get in on some of this yumminess!

Yorkshire Pudding

From the Kitchen of Carol Blum

1 cup of flour
1 tsp of salt (must use)
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 cup of milk

5″ Foil Tart Pans (1-1/4″ Deep)
Pam Cooking Spray
Canola Oil

5 times the recipe makes 24 puddings (* I promise you’ll want this many!*)

  • Warm eggs to room temperature
  • Heat oven to 425° F
  • Spray tart pans and pour in 1/2 tsp of oil.
    Heat in oven for approximately 2 minutes.
  • Mix flour and salt together.  Add eggs and milk, beat until smooth.
  • Pour approximately 1/2 cup of batter into each tart pan.
    Bake for 30 minutes.
  • *Leftovers, or when you make ahead of time*
    Warm in oven at 350° F for 10-15 minutes.
Sounds easy enough, right?  You can totally do this and win the heart of any girl or guy who is not on the Atkins diet!
And if you’re worried about calories, just stir in a little love and poof, calories gone!  Ha, I wish!  Don’t feel guilty eating these because, honestly you won’t enjoy them as much as you should if you’re worrying about what the scale will read tomorrow.

So now that I’m super hungry, my question to you is, does your family have any traditions for celebrating birthdays?

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