Whatever your Sunday roast of choice – whether that’s pork, chicken, lamb, veggie or vegan – golden Yorkshire puddings always make a welcome addition to the plate (and you can still enjoy them if you’re vegan, too).
Originally, Yorkshire puddings were cooked under spit-roasted meat in the kitchen fireplace, where the hot fat could into a pan for the batter to be added to it.
Since then, yorkies have become smaller and rounder, but whatever size or shape preference, you’ll need a reliable recipe and suitable tin. We tested every tin using our popular best Yorkshire pudding recipe.
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Silverwood 10cm individual Yorkshire pudding tin
Best tin for individual puddings
- Pros: perfect-sized individual tins that could also be used for pies
- Cons: a little unsteady in the oven
These charming British-made tins measure 10cm across and 3cm deep, resulting in a pudding that is a good size for a starter or side for a Sunday roast.
The tins are incredibly light as they are made from anodised aluminium, but also extremely tough, with superb heat distribution.
There is no non-stick coating on the tins, but a bit of fat on the smooth aluminium surface prevents any sticking. Smallwood recommends avoiding the dishwasher, and just a quick handwash was all the tins needed.
Having individual pudding tins is advantageous as they can also double up as tart tins. However, when filled with batter, the tins were a little unsteady, so extra care should be taken when carrying them to and placing them in the oven. We recommend filling the tins while they’re in the oven; we did test using the tins on a baking tray to make things easier, but the bottom of the pudding didn’t cook as well.
The sides of the tins are slightly angled, so when the batter is added the puddings quickly rise, but then curve back in to make evenly risen bowls that are just right for filling with hot gravy.
Bakehouse & Co Quantum 2 non-stick 12-cup tin
Available from: Harts of Stur (£16.99).
Best tin for large quantities
- Pros: makes lovely smaller Yorkshire puddings, great for children and parties
- Cons: the base can be a little doughy
This robust tin weighs a hefty 760g, but it’s easy to carry – even when filled with batter – thanks to two small handles. The cups are a generous 7cm across, resulting in good-sized puddings.
The tin comes with a shiny Quantum 2 non-stick coating, and the puddings slipped from the cups quickly and easily. Handwashing was barely needed – we simply gave it a quick wipe with kitchen paper to clean up any fat and crumbs.
The rigorous carbon steel heats quickly and evenly, and puddings rise fast. But, despite the cups being just 3cm deep, the puddings were a little doughy on the bottom when the tops were crisp and golden. Another few minutes in the oven helped but didn’t solve the problem completely, and the resulting puddings were a little darker but still delicious.
This tin comes with a 20-year guarantee, so despite being slightly more expensive, it should see years of excellent service if looked after well.
Available from: Harts of Stur (£16.99)
Salter BW02778G marble collection carbon steel non-stick six-cup tin
Best tin for reliability
- Pros: lovely marble finish and great non-stick
- Cons: only oven-safe to 220C
This attractive-looking tin delivers: the finish not only looks good, but is also fully non-stick, making handwashing effortless. Salter also provides a 10-year guarantee, which is something you might expect of a tin that costs twice as much.
The tin is whisper-light at 300g, and measures just 27 x 18cm, so it’s small. However, the cups are a good 6cm across and 3cm deep, so it makes good-sized puddings.
Made from grey carbon steel, the tin heats fast and evenly so the puddings fly up the side – some were so high during our test that they began to topple slightly, resulting in a tray of various shapes and sizes, but all tasted very good.
The speedy rise means the bottoms stay slightly thick as the sides cook so fast, but they do cook through and there were no soggy bottoms in our test.
The only surprise with this tin is that it is only oven safe to 220C, which is low for a Yorkshire pudding tin – the higher heat of 230C in the recipe makes for fast cooking and crisp puddings. We cooked at 220C and the puddings took longer to reach the right colour.
Le Creuset Yorkshire pudding four-cup tray
Best for Yorkshire puddings with a wow factor
- Pros: fast, even rise and delicious flavour
- Cons: most expensive tin in the test
The Le Creuset was the most expensive tin tested, but the features and resulting puddings more than justify the price.
The 650g weight of the heavy gauge steel gives the tin a robust feel. Any fear of it being too heavy is offset by a deep rim and heatproof handles, making it easy and safe to carry.
The toughened non-stick coating is dishwasher-safe. The manufacturer states that metal utensils can be used with care, though as with all non-stick bakeware this is best avoided. Le Creuset offers a lifetime guarantee, so the tin should last for years.
The cups are a shallow 1.5cm deep, but a generous 10cm across. When tested, they produced almost identical puddings, with a fast rise and dark golden colour. The pudding sides and bottom were so even when removed from the tin that they stood proudly on the plate, almost begging to be filled with gravy.
The even, quick cooking of these yorkshires meant they turned brown very quickly and finished a bit darker than some, bringing out a delicious, slightly caramelised flavour. This tin produced the best puddings from the test.
Using these tins and following the manufacturer’s care advice, these tins should last a lifetime, making them worth the investment.
Lakeland deep Yorkshire pudding six-cup tray
Best tin for great quality at a bargain price
- Pros: deep, crisp and even puds
- Cons: thick bottoms
If a tall, deep, pub-style pudding is what you like, then this is the tray for you. Its super-generous cups measure a whopping 9cm across and 4cm deep, resulting in high-sided, cup-shaped puddings, perfect for lots of gravy.
The Lakeland tin is made from 1cm gauge steel, and this is easily felt in its weight and sturdiness. There are two heatproof handles on the wide rim, making this tray easy to move around, even when it’s hot and full of batter.
The interior of the tin has a deep grey Quantum 2 non-stick finish and the outside is an enamelled blue colour. These finishes make the tin super-easy to clean; all that was needed was a quick wipe inside and out.
All this attention to design and detail results in lovely puddings. The batter whooshed up the sides, spilling out and over the rim even though the cup was only a third full. The resulting puddings were delightfully wonky, with some very high and others less so, but nonetheless delicious and beautifully cooked. A few bottoms were a little thick – caused by the sudden rise – but reducing the temperature by 10 degrees made them rise a bit slower, solving that issue.
This Lakeland option is a great, well-made tin that’s a bargain.
Tala Performance Yorkshire pudding four-cup tray
Best budget tin
- Pros: super-fast rise and easy to clean
- Cons: Hard to hold
This Tala tin is a classic yorkie dish that comes in a shiny black finish. The price is astonishingly low for the sturdy weight, and it comes with a 10-year guarantee.
The tin is made from super-strong, 1mm carbon steel, so it’s slightly heavy for its size (weighing 600g). The cups are a standard 10 x 2cm.
It has a superior Whitford Eclipse double-layered non-stick coating, so puddings slip out easily. Clean up is effortless, requiring just a quick wipe. We particularly like the rolled edges of this tin, as it has no fiddly crevices to clean, but this reduces the width and makes holding the tin a little difficult when hot.
The tin heats quickly and evenly, giving a fast rise to the puddings. The shallow cups mean puds cook in just 10 minutes, and are beautifully crisp both on top and bottom. They were marginally different in height, but this wasn’t a problem.
At well under £10, this tin makes great puddings, and its low price belies its quality.
Mason & King two-pack silicone six-cup tray
Best tin for an even bake
- Pros: great rise with crisp puddings
- Cons: hard to handle
Silicone is a strange choice of material for a Yorkshire pudding tin, as these are usually metal to quickly distribute heat for making the puds. The Mason & King tray come in a two-pack, so it is exceptional value at under £10. The trays did have a slight rubbery smell, so to avoid this passing to the cooked food, we washed and dried them in the oven at 200C, after which the scent disappeared.
The tray is light, with deep cups measuring 7cm across and 3cm deep, but the flimsy silicone can be difficult to handle. The trays are impossible to move with batter in them, so once the fat is heated, it’s best to add the batter to the tray while it’s in the oven.
In just over ten minutes, the puddings were beautifully risen and golden brown. There is no non-stick coating, but only a flip of the tray over the worktop and the puddings popped out.
They were even in size and colour, and though the bottoms were slightly thick, they were cooked through. Nothing stuck to the trays, but they can be popped into the dishwasher for easy cleaning. We were pleasantly surprised by these results.
Mermaid hard anodised aluminium Yorkshire pudding pan
Best tin for large Yorkshire puddings
- Pros: super for a large pudding or toad-in-the-hole
- Cons: seasoning is required
This large 28 x 35cm rectangular tin is made from hard anodised aluminium, but weighs just 560g. The manufacturer claims the pan will stand up to the rigours of the kitchen without damage, and indeed, after using it several times in testing, it still looked like new. It’s no surprise that it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The Mermaid does not have a non-stick coating, so it’s recommended you season it before use to build up a patina on the surface. This process will need to be repeated from time to time, though the fat used to make Yorkshire puddings will also help do this. The tin should never be put in the dishwasher, and it needs only a quick rinse and dry after use.
The fat came up to temperature in just minutes, and the batter began to rise almost immediately after adding it. The softly curved sides of the tin help with the rise, and create a lipped edge.
The golden brown, evenly crisp pudding was ready in just over 15 minutes, and held its shape with no shrinkage, making this a great tin if large, square yorkshires are your preference or if you like making toad-in-the-hole.
Which Yorkshire pudding tin should I buy?
Almost any tin or dish can be used to make a Yorkshire pudding, as long as it can withstand high temperatures and create an even distribution of heat. Choosing the right one for you will depend on what size and shape of pudding you want.
The shallow four-cup tray is considered traditional, and it makes a decent-sized starter serving one (or two) that would also fit nicely on a plate alongside meat and vegetables.
However, if you have a family to feed, the bun- or muffin-style tin is useful for cooking more at once. The puddings are usually smaller at 6-8 cm across, but are a great size for children (though you will also find bigger 9cm or larger tins).
Large roasting-style tins are best for large, slab-like portions of pudding and making family-sized toad-in-the-hole.
Yorkshire pudding tins are made from many different materials, from heavy-duty steel to aluminium and silicone, but the main factors should be how quickly and evenly it heats.
Caring for Yorkshire pudding tins is much easier now that most come with non-stick as standard. Some tins may need seasoning to produce a natural non-stick surface, though this is not as good as non-stick.
Where once it was ‘never wash the tin’, now it is ‘keep it away from the dishwasher’. Handwashing and a quick dry will see the tin live a long life producing great puddings.
What we looked for in a Yorkshire pudding tin
Quality and weight of the material: is the tin sturdy, heavy to lift or too light and flimsy? Is there a chemical smell when cooking?
Heat distribution and time taken to heat: how quickly does the tin reach a high temperature, and does the heat spread through the entire tin?
Non-stick coating effectiveness: do the puddings slip easily from the tin or stick when cooked, and how easy is it to wash afterwards?
The overall finish of Yorkshire puddings: the speed and height of the rise, the overall colour and texture
Depth and width of the cups: are they too small or large for a Yorkshire?
Taste and texture: is the Yorkshire light, crisp and strong enough to hold gravy, how does it taste, is there any residual grease?
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