Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Oh, how I'd forgotten how much I adore popovers until I visited Baking and Books and found Ari's post about Breakfast Popovers today. A few years ago, when I was staying at a friend's house and recuperating from surgery, I would marvel at the easy way she would go about making fresh, simple, homecooked dinners every evening, despite her busy workday schedule. Popovers were the "icing on the cake", so to speak: the unexpected, special treat that made her dinners so memorable. Now, where is that muffin tin when I need it? ;-)

Perfect Popovers

2 eggs
1 c milk, at room temperature
1 T melted butter, or vegetable oil
1 c flour
1/2 t salt

Adjust the oven rack to the lower third of the oven; preheat the oven to 400°. Grease each popover cup generously with softened butter or solid vegetable shortening.

Combine the eggs, milk, melted butter, flour and salt in a blender or food processor; process for about 40 seconds. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple of times and blend until the mixture is completely smooth.

To make by hand, whisk together the eggs, milk and butter in a large bowl. Add the flour and salt and beat until very smooth.

Pour the batter into the greased cups, filling them half to two-thirds full. Bake until the popovers are puffed and golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Do not open the oven door during baking or the popovers will collapse.

Yields 6-8, depending on the size of the baking cups

Per popover: 105 calories, 4 g protein, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fat (2 g saturated), 61 mg cholesterol, 177 mg sodium, 0 fiber.

From Flo Braker, who began writing The Baker column for The San Francisco Chronicle in 1989. She is author of "The Simple Art of Perfect Baking" and "Sweet Miniatures."


Blogger Liz said...

Love love LOVE popovers! They are, as you say, the "icing on the cake." One of my favorite places in NYC serves them with strawberry butter, yum yum. My folks used to make these when we were kids.

Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try it out at brunch on Sunday!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Willa Frank said...

dear liz,

if i were feeling more dexterous and up to using my oven, i would be joining you in that happy task, believe me! :-)

12:18 PM  

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