Monday, September 27, 2010

Recipe: My Mom's Popovers

My mother's favorite ploy for a bit of peace and quiet in a house with four children .....

If you are loud when popovers are in the oven, they won't pop.


Of course I have carried on the tradition.

Now, these are not your traditional English popovers.  No roast drippings in sight.  For us, they are made to be filled with a little butter and plenty of jelly, honey, nutella... mmmmmmmm.

Make them, enjoy the silence, and be happy.

I use cast iron muffin pans, and they work great, but you can use popover pans or probably even large muffin tins.  The trick is to have enough pan coverage that you can do them all in one go, because you have to start with a cold oven, so you can't make two batches.
Before baking
They are magical.
After baking.  Pop!

My Mom's Popovers

4 eggs
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 c skim milk
2 c flour

Combine eggs, milk, and butter well.  Whisk in flour, but don't worry about small lumps.  Spoon into very well greased popover pans, filling about half full.  Put pans into cold oven.  Turn oven on to 425 F.  Bake for 30 minutes, and then turn off the oven and let the popovers dry out in the oven for about 10 minutes.  DON'T PEEK while they are in the oven.

When they come out of the oven, put a bit of butter in each one (there's a handy little hole on the bottom of each popover usually).  Serve hot with jam, jelly, marmalade, honey, or your other favorite filling.

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  1. Are they really that easy? My kids would love these.

  2. They are really that easy. Just use good pans and grease them well (I use a lot of cooking spray - though my cast iron pans are good and seasoned by now and don't need too much...)

  3. Making these right now! They look yummy!

  4. I thought there would be yeast and lots of time involved! I will have to try these!

  5. My Dad always made these on cool fall mornings to warm up the kitchen (because he was trying to convince my mom it was still too early to turn on the heat...), but he typically got up earlier so they were done by the time we got up. Now I only get cravings for them in the fall!

  6. My dad would make these on cool fall mornings to warm up the kitchen in an attempt to convince my mom it was still too soon to turn up the heat (fuel oil costs money, you know!). He always got up a little early though so they were done before we got up, for future reference I like the "be quiet or they won't pop" philosophy. Now I only crave popovers in the fall...