5 Delicious Foods You Must Never Miss in Yorkshire

Centred around the city of York, Yorkshire in the United Kingdom’s largest county. If you’re a food lover, you’ll certainly have a wonderful time in this British county. Over the past few years, it has become immensely popular for its superior food items that are grown locally. Yorkshire has some of the best-known food companies in the world. 

It also has the highest number of small businesses in the country that deliver innovative food and drinks. During your time spent in Yorkshire, you’ll get to explore its majestic cafes, restaurants, and bars. Above all, you’ll also get to savour some of its delicious food:

1. Yorkshire Pudding

This is the most famous dish in the county. It originated in North-East England and is prepared using a batter of milk, flour, and eggs. This savoury treat has an interesting history behind it. In the past, the batter was kept underneath the roasting meat. This allowed the oil drippings and meat to add flavour to it. 

While serving dinner, if the meat was not enough for the diners, the children were served the batter. Later, the batter came to be known as Yorkshire Pudding. In recent times, it is prepared and served as a side dish accompanying a traditional Sunday dinner.

2. Wensleydale Cheese

A place called Wensleydale in Yorkshire is famous for this mouth-watering cheese with a unique flavour. It also comes in five different types, namely blue, cold-smoked, mild, matured, and extra-matured. Owing to its honey flavour and acidic feel, it is best eaten with the fruit. 

You can try Cranberry Wensleydale at a restaurant in Yorkshire, which would have cranberries in the cheese. In many parts of North-East England and Yorkshire, it is often eaten with a Christmas cake or fruit cake.

3. Liquorice

This is the common name for a flowering plant, which has an aromatic root. It is used for flavouring in the production of candies. The extracts of the plant have been used in traditional medicine and herbalism. Pontefract is the place where it was mixed with sugar and began to be used as a sweet. 

In many places of Yorkshire, liquorice is colloquially called ‘Spanish’. The reason for this is the fact that liquorice was grown as a root by some Spanish monks. They grew it at Rievaulx Abbey, located near Thirsk.

4. Pikelets

Some like to call these fluffy pieces of bread ‘flat crumpets’. It differs slightly from the crumpets you get in other parts of the world. The pikelet in Yorkshire contains no yeast and use a batter that’s thinner than the batter used in crumpet. It is cooked without a ring, which results in this bread being flatter.

5. Parkin

The Yorkshire Parkin is a form of gingerbread, which contains oats. It is traditionally eaten during Bonfire Night. This night celebrates the failure of Guy Fawkes to blow up the parliament houses. Parkin is a moist and sticky spice cake. 

If you wrap and store it for some days, it gets stickier. Storing it in an airtight tin is highly recommended. Some of the variations of Parkin include the ‘Thor Cake’ of Derbyshire and ‘Tharf Cake’ of Lancashire.