I did not know about popovers until I met my husband. A lot of people in my circle had never heard of them before I started singing their praises. I describe them as a biscuit made out of love and shaped like a hot air balloon (if you do it right).
My in-laws had always made them from a mix. The mix used to be a small box with enough powder to prepare six popovers. It cost less than $1.00 and they were able to buy it at the grocery store. They gave me a few boxes, but then I ran out. I could not find the mix anywhere. I finally found it at Whole Foods but you know that box cost over $10.00. For awhile, I was buying the boxes on Amazon, but even those became prohibitively expensive. I needed to learn how to make them myself.
I’ll admit that I was not very efficient when it came to duplicating the recipe. I developed a recipe that worked, but it involved a lot of ingredients (powdered milk and such) and was really a substitute for the “just add water” mix. It was also expensive to make. I was dumbfounded to learn that these are actually very simple to make and only require five ingredients found in every kitchen.
The problem with popovers is that they are a finicky pastry. Several conditions need to be met in order to make them “pop.” Sometimes I will prepare a batch that still tastes good but it lacks the magical texture because they did not rise in the oven.
Here is my recipe. Before you begin, you should invest in a popover pan. I have heard that others have had success using regular cupcake tins, but I have not tried this. This recipe takes about an hour, but it is worth it.
Popovers (makes 6)
1 cup name-brand flour (like Gold Medal)
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 TBSP butter (melted), +1/2 TBSP butter (melted) for brushing the pan
1. Preheat oven and popover pan to 450 degrees.
2. Melt 1 TBSP butter and set it aside to cool.
3. Combine milk and eggs in a microwave-safe container and heat for 20 seconds to bring them to room temperature.
4. Add eggs, milk, flour, salt, and 1 TBSP melted butter to a blender and blend well. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the blender and then run it again.
5. Remove the popover pan and brush the sides and bottom of each cup with melted butter. Work quickly as the pan needs to stay as hot as possible.
6. Pour the batter into each cup, slightly more than half way.
7. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn on the oven light because you are going to want to watch, but do not open the oven at all.
8. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 20 minutes. Do not open that oven!
Were you successful? Popovers are an amazing treat. We eat them with butter, but they can be enjoyed plain or filled with goodies of your choosing.