If you didn’t smell the bacon sizzling, you certainly couldn’t have missed the sound of the smoke alarm announcing that our apartment kitchen oven doesn’t have a built-in exhaust fan. Not to mention that bacon fat has a low smoke point.
I whisked together some batter, but we weren’t thinking about pancakes. Yorkshire puddings, my dear. Saturdays are the day I usually go overboard baking, and this weekend was no exception.
The GBBO is available on DVD at the local library, so we’ve been re-watching some of the episodes. The finalists were instructed to prepare a picnic for their showstopper, and the asparagus and salmon quiche caught my interest. Fresh asparagus is on sale at our grocery stores this weekend, so the timing seemed right to experiment.
Storm Riley suprised us not only with snow and winds strong enough to knock any loose twigs, branches, limbs, and even whole trees, but also strong enough to knock out the power in surrounding neighborhoods. This morning the closest grocery store didn’t have electricity, so I didn’t push my way in to demand a bunch of asparagus.
But the storm only made our apartment’s power blink on and off for a few seconds, so I was still able to make pie dough for quiche, properly chilling it before rolling it out. Bacon and (Oh no! I just realized that I should have used Swiss!) Parmesan with green onion would have to do instead of salmon and asparagus tips.
While blind baking the crusts, the thought came to mind that I might as well take advantage of a preheated oven. So I looked up a recipe for Yorkshire puddings in my British Bouquet and halved the quantities, since I only had a little bit of bacon fat and juices to work with. The ingredients are basically the same as for pancakes. You just pour the batter into partially-filled (with meat drippings) muffin tins that have been warming in a hot oven. Twenty minutes later, you have puffy and delicious Yorkshire puddings.
On another episode of the GBBO, the contestants prepared these, but they also had to make fillings. The puddings do make a nice container for the pretty fillings, but they taste delicious on their own.
Maybe next time I’ll pop over to your place to bake instead of alarming the neighbors.