Best Yorkshire puddings
Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire puddings and nine supermarket brands were put to the test in September 2020 to find out which were tastiest.
Our panel of consumers compared frozen Yorkshire puddings from M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Aldi to the leading brand. Two were good enough to be named Which? Best Buys.
The best frozen Yorkshire puddings
Aunt Bessie’s 12 Original Golden Yorkshires
220g, £1.65 (75p per 100g)
If you think of frozen Yorkshire puddings, this is probably the brand that comes to mind. It’s the most expensive on test, so expectations are high. Can it beat the supermarket brands?
Aldi 12 Just Like Grandmas’s Yorkshire Puddings
230g, 69p (30p per 100g)
Aunt Bessie has competition in the kitchen from Grandma’s cut-price Yorkshires. This surely won’t be an easy family feud to resolve, so leave it to our taste testers to decide.
Asda 12 Yorkshire Puddings
220g, 75p (34p per 100g)
Asda is one of the cheapest supermarket brands on test, but does that mean it’s had to compromise on taste? Read our full results to see how they fared with our testers.
Co-op 12 Yorkshire Puddings
220g, £1.05 (48p per 100g)
Enticingly photographed as a beef canape, can these supermarket Yorkshires live up to the promise of their presentation?
Iceland 20 Yorkshire Puddings
362g, £1.00 (28p per 100g)
This jumbo pack of Yorkshires is the cheapest per 100g on test. Can it deliver a big bag of flavour, too?
M&S 12 Yorkshire Puddings Frozen
220g, £1.25 (57p per 100g)
M&S has a reputation for its British classics, so expectations for its Yorkshires must be high. See how it fared in our full taste test.
Morrisons 12 Yorkshire Puddings
230g, £1.00 (43p per 100g)
Morrisons is known for its fresh food counters, so can its frozen interpretations of classic puds do them justice?
Sainsbury’s 12 Yorkshire Puddings
220g, £1.20 (55p per 100g)
Sainsbury’s Yorkshire puddings take longer to cook than most of the others on test, at seven minutes. Are they worth the wait?
Tesco 12 Yorkshire Puddings
230g, £1.00 (43p per 100g)
Tesco’s packaging says these Yorkshires are ‘carefully prepared’. Will preparation lead to success in our taste test?
Waitrose 12 Yorkshire Puddings
230g, £1.40 (61p per 100g)
Waitrose & Partners’ Yorkshires are the only puds on test to use free range eggs. Will this make a difference when it comes to the flavour?
How long to cook Yorkshire puddings
Not only do frozen Yorkshire puddings save you time when it comes to prep, they’re much faster to cook, too. Our asks for 20 minutes in the oven, having already pre-heated it to its hottest temperature.
Frozen Yorkies, meanwhile, barely give you time to put your feet up. Most of the varieties we tested asked for no more than six minutes in a 200C/180C fan oven, with a few taking as little as four minutes. The longest cooking time is seven minutes.
Ready-made Yorkshire pudding ingredients
The ingredients in ready-made, frozen Yorkshire puds differ slightly from the traditional egg, flour, milk and oil mix that makes up homemade Yorkshire puddings, although not by as much as you’d think.
The main differences are that most of the pre-prepared Yorkshires we tested use milk powder instead of fresh milk (Waitrose and Tesco are exceptions), and may also add water to the mix (which some chefs reckon makes for a crispier pudding). All the options we tested used rapeseed oil, which is a valid option for home-made Yorkshires as well.
Only one brand specified free range egg (Waitrose) so if that's important to you it's worth checking how the Waitrose yorkshire puddings measured up.
Of course, the ratios of these ingredients may differ between fresh and ready-made Yorkshire puddings, but in terms of the ingredients list, they are very similar.
Are these gluten-free Yorkshire puddings?
No, those we tested aren't gluten free. If you need to avoid gluten, it is possible to source gluten-free Yorkshire puddings, with various supermarkets offering their own-brand, gluten-free frozen and chilled Yorkshire puddings.
Are these vegan Yorkshire puddings?
No. There are vegan packet mixes available, or you'll need to follow a vegan Yorkshire pudding recipe to make them yourself.
Can you cook frozen Yorkshire puddings in an air fryer?
We've seen this question asked and, if you fancy a Yorkshire pudding but don’t want to prepare a full roast to go with it, our cooking experts see no reason why you can’t.
An Air fryer is, in effect, a very small oven that blows hot air onto your food, with temperatures that will easily match a standard oven. It could even be that cooking just a couple of Yorkshires in an air fryer is more efficient in terms of energy use than firing up your full-size oven.
The main issues here are obvious; if you have an air fryer that moves the food around inside using a spinning paddle, you’re probably going to end up with broken Yorkshire puddings. If you can, switch the paddle off. The other main problem will be space; Yorkshire puddings are larger than things you’d normally put into an air fryer so if they take up too much space the air fryer may not operate correctly or efficiently.
Just ensure your Yorkshires are piping hot before serving, and it’s probably best not to follow the pack’s timing instructions as these will be for a full-sized oven.
How we tested frozen Yorkshire puddings
The products were assessed by a large panel of consumers who regularly buy and consume Yorkshire puddings.
The make-up of the panel broadly represents the demographic profile of adults in the UK.
Each Yorkshire pudding variety was assessed by 70 people.
The panellists rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of each product and told us which one they preferred overall.
The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying. The order they sampled the Yorkshire puddings was fully rotated to avoid any bias.
Each panellist had a private booth so they couldn’t discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others.
The overall score is based on:
- 50% taste
- 25% appearance
- 20% texture
- 5% aroma