Yorkshire Pudding Day: Seven facts about the battered delicacies

A former world record-breaking pie, 1975
A former world record-breaking pie, 1975

This Sunday marks the official Yorkshire Pudding Day. To celebrate, here are some fascinating facts and the county's trademark dish.

- Aunt Bessie's is the most famous manufacturer of Yorkshire puddings, and they churn out 20 million of the battered treats every week. The company was founded in Hull back in 1851, and its first Yorkshire pudding contract wasn't until 1974, when they supplied Butlin's holiday camps.

- The largest pudding ever made has an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. It was cooked up in Skipton by members of the town's Round Table back in 1996, and measured over 46 metres - enough to overtake the previous record set in 1975.

- Every month, around 110,000 people in the UK search the web for Yorkshire pudding recipes.

- Yorkshire pudding eating competitions are popular around the world, and championship records can be set. An expat bar in Thailand, The Pub in the tourist spot of Chiang Mai, even hosts its own.

- TV chef Jamie Oliver's pudding recipes are the most popular, with nearly 14,000 Google searches a month. James Martin, Delia Smith and Mary Berry are also experts on the delicacy.

- The first Yorkshire pudding recipe is thought to have appeared in a 1737 book for wives called 'The Whole Duty of a Woman.'

- A London restaurant has an entire menu based around them. The Reform Social Grill offers six different savoury and sweet options.

The research was conducted by hotel chain Premier Inn.

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