YORKSHIRE puddings are an essential part of a traditional roast dinner.

There’s nothing better than mopping up the gravy with the Sunday lunch staple.

We tried Yorkshire Puddings and a budget version beat Aunt Bessie's


We tried Yorkshire Puddings and a budget version beat Aunt Bessie’s

We all know that making your own Yorkshires from scratch is considered to be the best method.

But if you’re in a rush or cooking for a crowd, sometimes it’s fine to cheat.

Frozen Yorkshire puddings are quick and convenient – and you don’t have to worry about soggy batter or deflated puds.

You can pick up the delicious accompaniment at any supermarket, but some options are better than others.

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We’ve tasted the frozen own-brand versions available at all the major grocery stores, as well as the classic Aunt Bessie’s.

Some stores offer premium and luxury options but we stuck with the most basic ones available to make it a fair comparison.

We ranked offerings from Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi and M&S on price, appearance, taste and texture.

Tesco didn’t have any Yorkshire puddings in stock at either of the north London stores we checked before doing the test.

There wasn’t much between them – after all, you can’t really go wrong with pure, crispy batter.

But the mid-range options from Sainsbury’s and Morrisons were victorious, taking the Sunday dinner crown from Aunt Bessie.

Here’s the full ranking of winners and losers.


Morrisons' Yorkshires were cheaper than Sainsbury's


Morrisons’ Yorkshires were cheaper than Sainsbury’sCredit: PAUL EDWARDS
  • Price: 85p for 12. 4/5
  • Appearance: 4/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Texture: 4/5
  • Total: 16/20

There wasn’t much in it between Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, really, except for the price.

The Morrisons puddings have the same golden colour and produce a delicious result when cooked.

The only difference was Morrisons’ version is cheaper, meaning it pipped its competitor to the post.


Asda was the cheapest that I tried


Asda was the cheapest that I triedCredit: Paul Edwards
  • Price: 75p for 12. 4/5
  • Appearance: 4/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Texture: 3/5
  • Total: 15/20

Asda’s own-brand Yorkshire puddings were one of the cheapest I tried – giving them a points boost.

The price is great, working out at just over 6p per pudding. 

They were shallower than the Aunt Bessie’s version, but they looked like they could still hold plenty of gravy.

Overall, I think it’s worth giving these a go because they’re a great Yorkshire pudding option at a really low price.


Sainsbury's were one of the more expensive options


Sainsbury’s were one of the more expensive options
  • Price: £1.20 for 12. 3/5
  • Appearance: 4/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Texture: 4/5
  • Total: 15/20

I thought the Sainsbury’s option were the most similar to Aunt Bessies’ at a slightly lower price point.

They’re a classic frozen Yorkshire pudding – it’s obvious that they’re not homemade but that doesn’t matter as they’re the right combination of airy and chewy and puff up nicely.

At 10p per pudding they’re one of the more expensive versions I tried, but they’re cheaper than the market leader.


Marks & Spencer lost points for the high price point


Marks & Spencer lost points for the high price pointCredit: Paul Edwards
  • Price: £1.30 for 12. 2/5
  • Appearance: 4.5/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Texture: 4/5
  • Total: 14.5/20

On the other end of the spectrum is M&S.

Sparks’ Yorkshires were my winners when it comes to appearance and taste.

They’re slightly bigger, giving them better gravy-holding capabilities.

But I had to take the price into account, and these are much more expensive than the others at 32p per pudding.

Aunt Bessies

You don't get as many Yorkshire puddings with Aunt Bessie's


You don’t get as many Yorkshire puddings with Aunt Bessie’sCredit: PAUL EDWARDS
  • Price: £1.75 for 10. 1/5
  • Appearance: 5/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Texture: 4/5
  • Total: 14/20

Aunt Bessie’s is the classic roast dinner brand so I expected these to be the best.

They did taste and look the part but I’m not sure they’re worth the extra cost.

Most major supermarkets stock these so they’re handy to pick up with your big shop, which is a plus.

But when you can save more than a £1 by buying a supermarket own-brand version, I think it’s worth looking around if you’ve got time.

Especially as you get 12 puddings in most other options, so you also get more food for less money.


Aldi's option was almost the cheapest


Aldi’s option was almost the cheapestCredit: PAUL EDWARDS
  • Price 65p for 12. 5/5
  • Appearance: 3/5
  • Taste: 3/5
  • Texture: 3/5
  • Total: 14/20

Discount supermarket Aldi sells 12 Yorkshire puddings for just 65p – making it one of the cheapest options.

I noticed the difference in quality, though, and thought some of these were a little bit too small.

They didn’t have the airy, fluffy quality that makes a great Yorkshire pudding so moreish.

But they’re a perfectly good option if you’re really trying to reduce the cost of your Sunday roast.


Lidl had the cheapest Yorkshire puddings - and you get 15 in the pack


Lidl had the cheapest Yorkshire puddings – and you get 15 in the packCredit: PAUL EDWARDS
  • Price 48p for 15. 5/5
  • Appearance: 3/5
  • Taste: 3/5
  • Texture: 2/5
  • Total: 13/20

Similarly, Lidl’s Yorkshires were noticeably more budget, and were slightly crispier than I’d like when cooked.

But for just 48p for 15, I can’t argue with the price – that’s just over 3p per pudding.

If you do the rest of your shopping at Lidl and you’re trying to reduce your spending, there’s no harm in sticking with these.

You could always add more lashings of gravy to soften them up.

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You’d have to spend £2.60 to feed as many people as you could with the Lidl option – that’s more than £2 extra.

That means they’ve lost points, but they’re definitely worth considering if you’ve got a bigger budget or you’re celebrating a special occasion.

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