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Several times a year, Sharlene will prepare roast beef, which is one of our family's favorite meals, and along with the beef, she'll serve Yorshire pudding, which is the perfect side dish to accompany the roast beef.  You can prepare the pudding mixture the night before, and refrigerate it, so it will be ready while the roast beef is cooking. Cooking the pudding in  cast iron frying pans adds a rustic touch to the presentation.  Anyway you prepare it, this recipe makes delicious Yorkshire pudding.

Special tools:  2 cast iron skillets, or 9" by 12" baking dish
Preparation time:  About 15 minutes
Cooking time:  30 minutes
Yield:  12 servings

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup water
About 3/4 cup beef drippings; bacon drippings or lard can be substituted

Mix flour and salt together until well blended.  Add milk, and blend together.  Beat eggs into the batter.  Add the water and beat mixture until its light and frothy.  Set aside and reserve.  If you're going to make Yorkshire pudding the next day, place into plastic storage container, cover and refrigerate overnight.  When you use the batter, be sure to take it out of the refrigerator an hour or so before use, so it can come up to room temperature.

Prfeheat oven to 400 degrees.

Pour drippings from roast beef into a glass measuring cup, about 3/4 cup.  Pour equal amounts of drippings into frying pans, and spread around with paper towel until all surfaces are equally coated.  Place frying pans in oven and heat until drippings sizzle.  Pour batter into pans and bake for 30 minutes, or until pudding rises and is golden brown.  The pudding will rise quite high, then fall when taken out of the oven.

Remove from pan and serve immediately.

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