A man has created the ultimate northern snack using Yorkshire puddings.
40-year-old Edward Harrison has started making Yorkshire pudding pies, coming up with the idea while cooking a Sunday dinner at a family gathering
Step-dad-of-two Edward started selling the light and compact snacks a year ago.
Theyre essentially a Yorkshire pudding, but with a filling to make it a bit like a pie.
The fillings including chicken and stuffing, sausage with red onion marmalade, savoury mince made with Dexter beef and the Wagyu cheeseburger with mozzarella.
The pies also come with a side order of chips or roast potatoes and a pot of dunking gravy.
Edward began selling the pies – which are slightly larger than a common pork pie – at a food festival near his native York, North Yorks., in May last year.
Edward, who admits he had never made a pastry pie in his life, was shocked when the filled Yorkshire puddings had sold out by lunchtime on both days of the event.
The Yorkshire pudding lover estimates that during their first year in business he and wife Lynne have made and sold nearly £8,000 in Yorkshire pudding pies.
Edward revealed how he was treating friends and family to his perfect pud on New Years Day 2017 when the idea came to him.
He said: A few days later I tried it at home using left-overs and an hour later I walked into the lounge with a Yorkshire pudding pie.
Id decided to stop drinking for the whole of 2017 and I was looking for things to keep my mind occupied – I had to replace alcohol with something.
And Id been trying to think of something where you could use Yorkshire pudding as a takeaway food.
Although Edward says he has not had the dish calorie-tested yet he believes the new invention is a lighter, less stodgy alternative to the traditional pastry pie.
He said: They certainly dont set-off heart-burn the way pastry does and it just gives people a different taste and texture.
You wouldnt sit and eat pastry on its own but you would a Yorkshire pudding – so why not combine that with a filling?”
Edward says he perfected his Yorkshire puddings at home with his mum.
He added: With Yorkshire puddings, the smoke coming out of the oven has to be blue when you open the door.
It has to be almost unbearably hot when you open the oven and that way you get a good light batter – that and good eggs.
While Edwards operation is still in its infancy he hopes to expand to permanent premises and perhaps wholesale one day.
He said: I enjoy it – theres no way I would have worked 18 hours a day as a builder but if the works there and people want feeding, I dont think twice about it.