We, being we, talked about how long it had been since we'd had popovers. They are so good yet is seems that they aren't too common. I used to make them occasionally with dinner. Because I didn't own an actual popover pan, I simply used a muffin tin and they were fine. In a muffin tin they do end up a bit wider and not quite as tall, but they are still delicious.
Because we love nothing more than a good souvenir to commemorate just about any event and actual popover pan went on our shopping list. A few days later I found a mini sized pan. The regular pans make 6 huge popovers, this one is the same size pan but makes 12 still large popovers.
Maybe because they are so closely identified with ladies who lunch and bridge clubs they aren't more popular. However, they are much easier to make than most breads served along side a meal. All the ingredients go into a bowl together and are given a quick whisk and baked. That's it! No creaming or cutting in, no kneading or rising. Just mix, pour, bake and eat.
Seems like we should all be baking these more often.
Plain popovers are wonderful with butter and jam. If you prefer more savory options stir in some cracked pepper and parmesan cheese, or toss in some chopped herbs. The different combinations could keep us in popovers for a long time.
Adapted from the packaging of a mini popover pan. Makes 12 smaller popovers.
For years I didn't own a special pan to make these. A muffin pan will work instead, the popovers will just be a bit wider and shorter.
2 T butter cut into 12 pieces
1 1/4C flour
1/4 t salt
1 1/4 C milk
1 T butter, melted
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place a piece of butter into each cup of the pan and place in the oven to pre-heat.
Whisk together flour, salt, eggs, milk and melted butter until smooth.
Remove popover pan from the oven when the butter is melted and bubbly. Pour batter into the pan so that each cup is half full.
Return pan to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake an additional 20 minutes.
Serve hot with butter, jam or other favorite spreads.
printable version: popovers.pdf