Yorkshire puddings are BBC's most searched for Christmas Day recipe

Time to whip the batter up! Yorkshire puddings top BBC Food’s most searched for Christmas Day recipes – while perfect roast turkey comes second

  • Yorkshire puddings topped BBC Good Food most searched recipes on Xmas day
  • Perfect roast turkey came second and  red cabbage came in third place
  • Across December, the most popular recipe was for gingerbread men, with over 400,000 visitors looking to bake the festive treat. 

It’s the delicious roast dinner side that notoriously tricky to perfect.

But that hasn’t put off budding cooks who want to whip up Yorkshire puddings on Christmas day.

The batter-filled side dish is the top search on BBC Good Food’s Christmas searches – and the most searched for across Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

It topped 2020’s most searched for terms on BBC Food, which also included tips on how to cook the perfect turkey crown and recipes for red cabbage, eggnog and roast potatoes.  

Across December, the most popular recipe was for gingerbread men, with over 400,000  visitors looking to bake the festive treat. 

Yorkshire puddings topped BBC Good Food most searched recipes on Xmas day

When Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are here, cooking the perfect turkey is high up on the last minute searches. 

This is only beaten by BBC Food’s Yorkshire pudding recipe, which takes the crown – despite the trimming not always being associated with the traditional Turkey roast. 

The most searched for recipe in 2019, red cabbage, remains popular in third spot.

Top five search terms on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2020 

1. Yorkshire pudding

2. Perfect roast turkey

3. Red cabbage

4. Eggnog

5. Perfect roast potatoe

Top five search terms from 1-23 December 2020:

1. Gingerbread men

2. Shortbread

3. Eggnog

4. Paul Hollywood’s mince pies

5. Fluffy American pancakes

Top five search terms from 26-31 December 2020:

1. Turkey curry

2. Leftover turkey and ham pie

3. Pancakes

4. American pancakes

5. Bread and butter pudding

There’s no surprise to see turkey leftovers creep into everyone’s festive menu once Boxing Day comes, with turkey curry and leftover turkey and ham pie two of the most sought-after recipes when the festive cheer starts to subside.

 Mary Berry’s Yorkshire pudding recipe is the most popular on BBC food – which the former Bake Off judge describes as  ‘foolproof’. 

The description reads ‘She’s been making them to serve with Sunday lunches for many years. Watch the video and she’ll show you how to make Yorkshire puddings too!’  

The nation has also proved its sweet tooth – and  in the run up to Christmas, the baking trays are coming out, with gingerbread men, shortbread and mince pies proving a hit for festive sweet treats.  

Who needs days of leftover turkey sandwiches, when you can make curries and pies? 

As well as leftovers, there’s plenty of people whipping up a post-Christmas brunch of pancakes or using up that loaf of bread they didn’t quite manage for a classic bread and butter pudding.

  Yorkshire Pudding takes over from Red Cabbage which was the most searched for recipe on 2020.  

From 1st December, Ainsley Harriot’s slow cooker mulled wine recipe held a spot in the top five right up to Boxing Day before dropping off – whether that’s because of a few sore heads or an alcohol shortage, who knows?

Yorkshire puddings are traditionally only served with roast beef, but many families whip them up on Christmas day to serve with turkey.

The debate if they should only be served with beef has raged so much that it was debated by the Oxford Union in 2014.  

How to make the perfect Yorkshire Puddings 

Chef James Martin shares his perfect recipe


200g (7oz) plain flour

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 eggs

600ml (1pt) whole milk

40g (1½oz) dripping


 1. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, then slowly pour in the milk, continuously whisking until the batter is smooth.

2. Chill for 30 minutes or for up to one day. When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7.

 3. To bake the Yorkshires, spoon 1tsp of dripping into each of the holes in a 12-hole muffin tin, then heat in the oven for 5 minutes, until the dripping is hot.

4. Carefully ladle the batter into each hole then bake for 30 minutes, until the Yorkshires are well risen and browned. Keep warm

 James Martin’s Great British Adventure is published by Quadrille, £25.

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