Enjoy these simple but delightful popovers as a sweet treat with maple syrup, whipped cream and fruits or as a side to a savory dish. Either way, these light and airy treats will satisfy you, and their unique, fluffy appearance will make you smile.
Popovers are a special kind of rolls that are unique because of their distinct texture and appearance. One look at them and you will think that they are made with special ingredients and a complicated process. But actually, these light, airy and crisp bread is made of ingredients that you always have on hand.
No complicated techniques. No special method is required to make popovers. All you do is mix all these ingredients in a large bowl, combine them by using a blender or a hand held beater and bake them until they are all puffed up.
The batter is a basic and simple recipe that yields a neutral base. Popovers are not really sweet. This makes them perfect for pairing with both sweet and savory food.
To enjoy them for breakfast or snack, we usually drizzle them with maple or pancake syrup with fruits or berries on the sides. These hollow and crisp bread are best enjoyed warm out of the oven. The crispiness and puffiness are at their best when served fresh. For leftovers, you can re-heat them quickly in the microwave.
Notes for Making Popovers:
- While there are dedicated pans for making popovers ( popover pans, custard cups), I used these large muffin cups and arranged them in two baking sheets with about 2 inches of space in between each cup. You will need 10 of these.
- You can also use regular muffin pans to bake the popovers. Just leave one slot unfilled in between the slots that are filled with batter so to give room for the popovers to expand as they bake.
- The milk and eggs should be at room temperature for best results.
My daughter calls these muffins but eats them like pancakes with maple syrup. She even calls them big lips as soon as she sees the all puffed up popovers fresh out of the oven. The unique appearance of these rolls will delight kids and adults alike, and with the simple preparation, making these popovers at home needs no effort at all!
Enjoy this recipe and happy baking!
Popovers are light and airy rolls that are versatile for serving as a sweet entree or as a side to savory dishes.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tbsp melted butter plus more for greasing the muffin pans
- 1/2 tsp salt
Place your oven rack on the lowest position. Pre-heat oven to 425 F. Grease ten large muffin cups with melted butter. Place them on a large baking sheet(s). Position them with about 2 inches or more space in between to allow room for the popovers to expand.
Add all the ingredients in a large bowl and using a hand held beater, beat the mixture until smooth. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the cups. Divide remaining batter into the cups until all batter is used up. If you are using a regular muffin pan, you have to leave one slot in between that is unfilled so to give room for the expansion of the popovers.
Bake for 15 minutes without opening the oven door. The popovers should be all puffed up, crisp and golden brown. Lower temperature to 350 F and bake for 10-15 more minutes.
Popovers can be served with butter, honey or maple syrup and whipping cream, together with some fruits. They are also great sides to savory dishes like steak and stew.
Recipe from book Baking with Julia, written by Dorie Greenspan.
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