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Quick and Easy Popovers for Brunch and Beyond

Popovers are a baker's dream because they are made from simple ingredients that, when mixed together, result in a warm and satisfying treat. Popovers taste complex and look complicated, but they are super easy to make! With a few items from the pantry, you...

Popovers are a baker's dream because they are made from simple ingredients that, when mixed together, result in a warm and satisfying treat. Popovers taste complex and look complicated, but they are super easy to make! With a few items from the pantry, you can quickly whip up homemade bread to accompany any seasonal meal, from Easter Brunch to a summer barbecue. But, don't wait for a special occasion. Make them anytime your heart desires by gathering up butter, salt, milk, flour and eggs, pouring into a pan, then baking them in the oven. Here is a classic recipe, plus some variations to add even more flavor.

Basic Popover

Recipe courtesy Melissa d'Arabian (Food Network)

Makes 6 popovers in our Fox Run Popover Pan.

Double the recipe for our 12 cup Popover Bundt Pan.

Fresh From The Oven Popovers
Fresh From The Oven Popovers

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons melted  butter, divided
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Using a pastry brush, coat a 6 cup popover pan with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and put it in the oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the eggs in a blender until light yellow.
  4. Add the warmed milk and blend.
  5. Add the flour, salt and remaining melted butter, and blend until smooth.
  6. Pour the batter into the warmed popover pan and return it to the oven to bake until golden, about 35 minutes.

Variations:

Add 2 tablespoons of fresh chives for an herby flavor.  Coat the pan with bacon grease instead of butter and add 1/3 cup of grated cheese to the mix for a heartier popover.

The science behind the baking process makes them light and fluffy, but don't worry. You won't have to go back to high school Chemistry class to make a perfect popover. Here are a few hints to help you out.

  1. Use a popover pan instead of a muffin pan. The unique design allows air to circulate evenly around each popover while turning moisture into steam. This makes for even baking and rising.
  2. Be sure the milk and eggs are at room temperature, not ice-cold. Warmth creates the right environment to help bread rise. If you are in a rush, place eggs in a warm water bath for 10-15 minutes and warm the milk in a microwave for 30 seconds
  3. You don't want those warm ingredients going into a cold pan. Take the time to preheat the popover pan in the oven before pouring in the batter.
  4. Most importantly, don't open the door once the popovers are in the oven! You'll let the steam out, and steam is the key to giving those popovers extra height and fluffiness. Use your oven's window and light to keep an eye on them.
  5. Practice the baking time with each batch to determine the best cooking time for your particular oven. Some ovens only need 25-30 minutes baking time.

Enjoy a Crunchy Popover for Breakfast or Brunch
Enjoy a Crunchy Popover for Breakfast or Brunch

The possibilities with popovers are endless because the mild flavor can accompany breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. For Easter Brunch, consider baking a batch or two with chives and enjoy with ham, casseroles and salads. For a dinner gathering, add in some cheese and enjoy them with barbecue, grilled steak or seafood. You can find your perfect popover pan at our online store. Please feel free to contact us for other helpful advice and products.