When I was growing up, my maternal Grandmother would make popovers for us, and they have always remained a favorite with me. Looking a bit like cumulous clouds when they come out of the oven, these airy treats were fun to eat and a big change of pace from our usual Bisquick biscuits.
But somehow over the years, I lost track of her popover pan.
So every time Sailor dragged me into Williams Sonoma (because he LOVES that store!), I would look for a popover pan. And finally one day, there in the baking section was the glorious popover pan. I didn’t even check the price; just grabbed it and dashed to the check-out counter!
I have since introduced Sailor to popovers, and now he is hooked too! I don’t make them all the time, for obvious reasons (see ingredients below), but I try to bake them enough so that he does not feel deprived.
The ingredient list is a simple combination of flour, eggs, milk, and butter. But that is where the creativity comes in. Add herbs, parmesan cheese, or lemon zest for a slight twist. Or simply serve them with a bit of room temperature butter and a small dipping dish of strawberry jam.
The magic happens in the alchemy of the heat in the oven, and the popover pan itself.
These are not quick! My recipe calls for 35 minutes in the oven, and this sometimes interferes with other components of dinner. But they are so very worth it!
They look like clouds, and they almost taste like clouds. They are light and airy, and fun to open up, bite into, tear apart – they can be eaten any way you choose!
Here’s the recipe that came with the pan I bought at Williams Sonoma:
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