We may be over this side of the Pennines, but there’s no denying a strong argument can be made for Yorkshire Puddings being the best part of a roast dinner.
A roast is a pillar of life for many and marks a time to get together around the table to enjoy one of the heartiest meals you’ll probably have all week, but what goes onto the plate, and what the best bit is always does seem to cause a bit of a stir.
In fact, it’s something our loyal audience of Mancunians debated over back in June, but it’s fair to say that Yorkshire Puddings received love right across the board.
And now, as a way celebrating 25 years of creating the glorious food, Aunt Bessie’s has created a show-stopping 25-tier Yorkshire pudding cake, which contains a whopping total of 965 of Aunt Bessie’s Golden Yorkshire Puddings stuffed with delicious fillings – from roast beef with veg, to pigs in blankets with sweet potato mash and chicken with stuffing and cranberry – and lashings of mouth-watering gravy.
The epic creation took over two hours to create and measures a staggering 8.11ft from top to bottom.
That’s not all though.
Also to help celebrate its silver anniversary, the brand’s Golden Yorkshires are even getting an upgrade, with the puddings now 25% bigger than they were before, while still maintaining the homemade taste and fluffy texture that we all know and love.
And Aunt Bessie’s is adamant the new and improved puds are the “best recipe yet”.
David Barr – Yorkshire Pudding Guru at Aunt Bessie’s – said: “Having worked at the factory for three decades, I’ve tasted thousands of Yorkshire puddings and seen lots of changes,
“But I’m proud to say that this is our best recipe yet.
“We only use the finest quality ingredients to ensure the best-tasting puds end up on the nation’s dinner plates [and] what better way to mark this magnificent milestone than with a gigantic Yorkshire Pudding cake”.
You can now get your hands on Aunt Bessie’s 25% Bigger Glorious Golden Yorkshire Puddings in Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose, Ocado in two pack sizes – x10 Golden Yorkshires (priced at £1.55), and x18 Golden Yorkshires (priced at £2.60).
Our mouths are drooling just thinking about them now.
Whilst we’re not exactly expecting homes across Greater Manchester to be decked with 25-tier Yorkshire pudding cakes any time soon, if this doesn’t give you some inspiration for your next Sunday roast, then we don’t know what will.
Incredible misty drone footage shows how Manchester earned its ‘Manctopia’ nickname
Drone footage captured from way above Manchester shows just how quickly the city has grown – and proves that our hometown is well on its way to earning its ‘Manctopia’ nickname.
Cast your mind back just a few years and you’ll remember that Beetham Tower stuck out like a sore thumb, towering many storeys above the next tallest building.
In fact, until just four years ago, the next-tallest building here was City Tower, which was a good 17 storeys shorter than Beetham Tower.
Then along came Renaker with visions for an entirely new skyscraper neighbourhood – Deansgate Square.
This group of skyscrapers now completely dominate the Manchester skyline, with the tallest building a massive 65 storeys tall.
South Tower is not only the tallest building in Greater Manchester, it’s also the 10th tallest in the entire UK, and the biggest outside of London.
It’s all led to Manchester being coined ‘Manctopia’, the name of a BBC documentary that followed property developers Capital & Centric as they redevelop buildings around the region.
One local photographer has managed to capture the unbelievable scale of our new, ultra-modern city skyline, with drone footage soaring among the skyscrapers.
Known on Instagram as @lef_tsotour, they shared a video taken on a misty Manchester morning.
It captures both Deansgate Square, with sun glinting off the many windows of the towers, and the now-dwarfed Beetham Tower.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
Commenting on the video, one person said: “This is mint.”
Another wrote: “Fricken love this!!!!”
Featured image: @lef_tsotour
Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.