I posted a popovers recipe in 2010… can’t believe it’s been a decade! This version is slightly modified with cooking temperature, ingredients and method, but yields much better results. You can make them in a traditional popover pan or muffin pan; you can even make mini popovers. I’ll provide some basic guidelines for all three, but as always, ovens vary, so I suggest keeping an eye on them. And remember, do NOT open the oven door at all while they’re cooking.
- 4 large eggs, warmed in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes before cracking
- 1 1/2 cups milk (skim, low-fat, or whole), lukewarm
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp. melted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
- Preheat oven to 450 F. Position an oven rack on the bottom shelf, with plenty of room for them to rise.
- Grease the pan you’re using thoroughly (I use butter), covering the area between the cups as well as the cups themselves. Make sure the oven is preheated before you begin to make the popover batter.
- Using a wire whisk, beat together the eggs, milk, and salt. Whisk the egg and milk until well combined, with no streaks of yolk showing.
- Add the flour all at once, and beat with a wire whisk until frothy; there shouldn’t be any large lumps in the batter, but smaller lumps are fine.
- Stir in the melted butter, combining quickly.
- Pour the batter into the muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 to 3/4 full.
- For standard muffin pans, bake the popovers for 20 minutes without opening the oven door. Reduce the heat to 350°F (again without opening the door), and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until they’re a deep, golden brown. If you’re using a popover pan, increase time by 5 minutes. For mini muffin pans, decrease cooking time by 10 minutes. Reminder: keep the door closed.
- If you plan on serving the popovers immediately, remove them from the oven, and stick the tip of a knife into the top of each, to release steam and help prevent sogginess. Slip them out of the pan, and serve.
- If you want the popovers to hold their shape longer without deflating and settling quite as much, bake them for an additional 5 minutes (for a total of 40 minutes) IF you can do so without them becoming too dark. This will make them a bit sturdier, and able to hold their “popped” shape a bit longer.
To reheat popovers, preheat your oven to 350-400F and bake them for 5-10 minutes on a cookie sheet.
You can also freeze popovers in an airtight bag or container for up to three months.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour
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* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.