Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Popovers!

If you have never made popovers you should try this recipe. They are crusty and delicious, served straight out of the oven, with whipped butter. Though butter is often the topping of choice, some like to top with honey, jam or maple syrup as well. They are really very easy to make and the presentation is spectacular!

Here is what you need to make six popovers.

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk

Position oven rack near the bottom, but not in the lowest position. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Mix together the flour and the salt in a LARGE bowl.

All wet ingredients should be at room temperature. The milk may be slightly warmed in the microwave. Eggs will warm to room temperature by placing them in a bowl of warm water, while still in the shell.

Whisk together the eggs and milk in a SMALL bowl.

Stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring the batter until just mixed. The batter will have small lumps (Do not overbeat).

Preheat a popover pan (or muffin pan, or individual ramakins) on a cookie sheet just until hot.

Brush the cups with melted butter (or canola oil) and fill them half full of batter.

Once they are placed back in the oven on the preheated cookie sheet, bake for 20 minutes at 450°F. Without opening the oven, turn the heat down to 375°F and bake for an additional 20 minutes until they are a crispy golden brown. It is very important that you do not open the oven during the baking time.

Makes 6 popovers. Serve immediately and enjoy!