Some things I don’t kid about- and one of those things is popovers. Definitely in my top 5 favorite foods. My love of these guys is quite unreal. If you haven’t had one- envision bread- but a hundred million times better. Fluffy, light and incredible. I actually always pass on bread – because unless is extraordinarily made/incredible – I’m not into it. I find most bread boring. BUT POPOVERS- total game changer.
Background where my story began with popovers: In high school I would go to this super fancy restaurant with a friend (every day) and order a garden salad and multiple baskets of popovers (which came free on the table). Looking back those waiters most definitely hated us. 15-18 year old girls (yes this continued for years), coming in every day and ordering only a garden salad at a fancy restaurant- wowzers. But how nice were they to keep bringing the popovers endlessly without complaining?! Shout out to Luigino’s in Orlando, FL if you all are ever around that neck of the woods.
Anyway, now that I’m older I have realized just how easy they are to make. I recently ordered a popover pan on amazon. I highly recommend purchasing if you plan on making popovers. A cupcake tin does not work as well- they don’t expand and they’re not nearly as fluffy. So for fifteen dollars, I think it’s absolutely worth it. Here is the one I purchased- https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Metallic-Professional-Popover-15-5-Inch/dp/B003YL3DWO/ref=sr_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1513207241&sr=1-4&keywords=popover+pan.
We make popovers all the time- with soup or as an appetizer before dinner and they are soooo yummy. I love them with a little butter and homemade strawberry or blueberry jam. As you become a popover pro, you can start adding spices, cheese, chocolate, nuts and jam to the center of the popover- then bake. But I am a simple girl and like them the original way best! But play with it and see what you like!
Popover Recipe from Neiman Marcus Cookbook
- 3 1/2 Cups of Milk – we used almond
- 4 Cups of All Purpose Flour- we used half whole wheat and half regular flour
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
- 6 Large Eggs at room temperature
Of note: the key to the best popovers is having the eggs and milk warm before mixing
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Place milk in bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes
- Sift flour, salt and baking powder together in large mixing bowl
- Crack the eggs into the work bowl of an electric mixer – beat on medium for about 3 minutes until pale and foamy
- Turn down the mixer to low and add warm milk
- Gradually add the flour mixture and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes
- Turn the machine off and let the batter rest for 1 hr at room temperature (I know this is annoying but it is worth the wait- if you can’t wait continue without letting it sit but if you can- complete this step!)
- Spray popover pan generously with nonstick spray
- Fill the popover cups almost to the top with batter
- Bake popovers for 15 minutes
- Turn oven temperature down to 375 and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes or until popovers are a deep golden brown on the outside
- Immediately serve hot with butter and homemade jam
simple jam recipe
- 3 cups of blueberries or strawberries (fruit of your choice)
- 1 cup of sugar (or 1/3 cup + 1.5 Tablespoons of Truvia)
- pinch of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Place all ingredients in small pot and heat on stove for about 20-30 minutes (low/medium heat) + mix occasionally. Should become smooth/jelly like consistency. If you like your jam lumpy like me – take off a bit earlier.
I hope you enjoy this delicacy as much as we do! When Patrick tried a popover for the first time he was thoroughly impressed! Who doesn’t love the delicious light/airiness of a yummy hot popover?! If you all try this recipe, please let us know what you think!
-The Neilan Family-
P.S. Don’t forget to order your popover tin