As I’m sure everyone would agree, Yorkshire Puddings are to be considered a national treasure. What is a roast dinner without a couple of Yorkshires on your plate? A pretty miserable thought if I’m honest…
Worryingly, lately, there has been some speculation as to whether Yorkshire Puddings will indeed still be Yorkshire Puddings following Brexit. Our brands are currently protected under EU laws, and food and drink industry experts have announced that some products are at risk of losing their protected geographical indication once the UK officially leaves the EU.
Imagine that! A Yorkshire Pudding not being called a Yorkshire Pudding anymore…
Where do Yorkshire Puddings actually come from?
Yorkshires originated in – you guessed it – the North of England. Many many years ago cooks would use the fat from their dripping pan to cook a batter pudding. The very first Yorkshire Pudding was named after this process and was in fact known as a dripping pudding.
It wasn’t until 1747, when Hannah Glasse took the initial recipe and adapted and renamed it, that the well-known Yorkshire Pudding was born.
So why might they lose their iconic name?
Food and drink professionals took to Parliament to voice their concerns that many food and drink products associated with a location may lose their geographical connection following Brexit. The UK Protected Food Name Association met to discuss the PGI (protected geographical indication) scheme, which currently protects £4.8bn of UK exports, and how it can be maintained following Brexit.
With the current EU laws some of our most treasured brands are protected, but once the UK leaves the EU, these laws will no longer apply, and we as a country would have to implement our own laws if we want to maintain existing branding. But with the stress that Brexit will bring, it’s unlikely that the names of our food products will be at the top of the “to-do” list.
And this means Yorkshire Puddings are at risk.
The issue doesn’t end with Yorkshires, though. There are debates as to whether Cornish pasties can still don their classic title. And what about Pontefract cakes? Or even Melton Mowbray pork pies?
As it stands the future of these British foods is unclear, but I for one am hoping that our officials will ensure we don’t lose our iconic treats.