The Yorkshire confectioner behind the recently launched Ultimate English traditional sweet range has collaborated with local chef, Mark Parkinson from The Fleece Countryside Inn to create what they are calling ‘The Ultimate Yorkshire Pudding’ in celebration of Yorkshire Day.
Mark Parkinson, whose Yorkshires have been celebrated by TV pudding queen Mary Berry, has teamed up with Ultimate English to create a unique and modern twist on the iconic regional favourite. The result is a coconut coated Yorkshire Pudding containing poached Yorkshire rhubarb, rhubarb set custard and Ultimate English toffee crumble – crowned by a garnish of the confectioner’s special edition rhubarb coconut ice.
Mark Parkinson’s Yorkshire puddings were showcased earlier this year on the popular BBC2 show ‘Mary Berry Cooks’, when the celebrated TV chef joined the team at The Fleece along with reigning UK Yorkshire Pudding Champion, Chris Blackburn, for three-course dinner of sweet and savoury puddings.
Launched earlier this year to Yorkshire independent retailers, Ultimate English is a new range of confectionery. It is the first, independently branded product to be launched by The Serious Sweet Company, which alongside sister company Confection by Design produces own-brand products and ingredients for some of the UK’s leading retailers including Marks & Spencer, Harrods, Tesco and Asda.
The first known record of the Yorkshire pudding is thought to have come from a recipe book published in 1737, referred to as ‘batter pudding’. Now a staple in the traditional Sunday roast, it is often claimed that the dish used to be served first at a meal, as a cheap way of filling diners.
Rob Whitehead, Managing Director of The Serious Sweet Company, the business behind Ultimate English said: Yorkshire Day brings the opportunity to celebrate everything that’s great in our county, and what better way to mark the occasion than to transform the humble Yorkshire pudding into a culinary masterpiece, using the best Yorkshire confectionery in the process.
The Ultimate English brand is all about high quality, delicious taste and most importantly having some fun along the way – something that the guys at The Fleece achieve every single day in what they do.
Head Chef at The Fleece, Mark Parkinson said: When it comes to Yorkshire puddings, most people will say they are best enjoyed with roast beef and gravy, but we’ve enjoyed challenging Yorkshire’s tastebuds with sweet twists on the Sunday dinner classic.
We’re really excited to have worked with Ultimate English on creating a recipe using their range, especially the rhubarb coconut ice which represents a key Yorkshire flavour.
The Yorkshire Day dessert contrasts the crispy texture of the Yorkshire pudding with the smoothness of the rhubarb custard and is complemented perfectly with the coconut ice and sweet toffee garnish. It’s a dessert like no other.