Yorkshire Pudding from Buttermilk Channel
I have a love/hate relationship with complimentary restaurant bread. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some free bread, especially when I’m about to pass out from starving myself all day in anticipation for a hearty dinner. I get so giddy when I hear the server approaching my table, bread basket in one hand, butter (or olive oil) in the other. Usually, I’m the first one to lean across the table to swipe the best looking of the bunch; or, if it’s a grab bag of breads, I go for the one studded with garlic, olives, bacon, rosemary, etc. But, I hate how much of it I can eat and how little else I can fit in my belly after.
In Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain writes, “Just as you suspected, the bread in that charming straw basket has probably been recycled from another table. ” Of course, this is a possibility–this unsavory act of wasting not. But if you’re a true free-bread-connoisseur, you’d figure out right away that that slice of sourdough in front of you, is truly a “sour dough.”
Recently though, I had a pretty awesome complimentary bread experience in the form of Yorkshire pudding, a British-born “bread” of pancake variety that’s traditionally made with roast meat drippings. It’s baked in a special tin that allows it to take the shape of a puffy chef’s hat. Said bread was served to me at Buttermilk Channel in Brooklyn, a small dining establishment that specializes in down-home comfort cooking. I was there to experience the pecan pie sundae, so the pieces of buttery Yorkshire pudding (with honey drizzled on top) caught me by surprised. A slight crunch and char on the outside, airy on the inside. A dream.
MUY DELICIOSO! And not because it was free. Well, sorta.
Buttermilk Channel; 524 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY; 718-852-8490