12/20/12

Popovers: The Perfect Christmas Breakfast

One of my favorite local restaurants is Popover Cafe. I didn't even know what a popover was until I went there and they served us those giant warm buttery puffs. You can order it filled with anything from strawberry butter, to eggs Benedict, to an ice cream sundae (here's some other ideas I found). I've tried them all! Delicious. I was thinking I'd pick up a few on Christmas Eve and serve with butter for breakfast the next morning. Sounds simple enough if I plan ahead which I never do so my kids will probably be served candy canes for breakfast but isn't it so fun to fantasize the perfect morning?

I've tried to make popovers myself, but they didn't turn out as big and billowy as the cafes. The founder of Popover Cafe, Carol Baer, gave me two tips. 1.) Preheat the cups/pan. 2.) Let the batter get to room temperature.  Also, I might have discovered why mine weren't as big: I accidentally bought the mini popover pan. Don't make the same mistake! Buy the grand size one for shock value.  Below is the simplest recipe I've found that comes close to the restaurants. If you don't live near Popover Cafe, follow the recipe below to make an impressive breakfast on Christmas morning. Or just forget this whole idea and order candy canes. 

Ingredients: 
6 Eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups Flour
1 tsp salt
4 ounces unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly

Directions: 
1. Place popover pan in oven, set to 450 degrees.
2. Measure the eggs, milk, flour, salt, and half the butter (1/4 cup) into the jar of a blender.
3. Mix batter until combined, around 25 seconds. *Let batter get to room temperature.*
4. Remove pan from oven, grease with remaining butter and fill each cup with batter. Anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 full depending how wild your popovers to get!
5. Place back oven, bake for 15 minutes.
6. Rotate tins, lower temp to 350 degrees, bake 10 more minutes.
7. Serve immediately or store.
I bought these popovers from the cafe this morning and brought them to work. they were devoured. Someone even said, "Wow, Sharon! You just made this the best morning ever!" haha work chat.

9 comments:

  1. Popover?? This is a Yorkshire Pudding!

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  2. Definitely a Yorkshire Pudding. The easiest way to make them huuuuge is in fact to heat some oil in the muffin tin holes while you make the batter and pour the mix into the hot tin, rather than heating the oven with them already in there!

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  3. We had Yorkshire Pud's with nearly every roast meal I had in England. I've never considered them as a breakfast food or to be filled with anything. Intersting...

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  4. Definitely a Yorkshire Pud to us Brits. Wonderful with a roast beef dinner. As kids, if there were any left over (rarely!) we would tear them open and spread jam (preserve) inside - yummy!

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  5. We make them for breakfast too. Sooo good. I made them growing up! I taught my kids how to make them too: http://www.classic-play.com/cooking-with-kids-popovers/

    Oh and I call them popovers too ;) And yes, they're delicious with butter and jam or honey.

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  6. In the south of Germany they are called "Pfitzauf" - love them!

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  7. what a great idea for breakfast on Christmas morning. I am having a few family members here and will have biscuits to throw in the oven, but these are a fabulous addition. i'm going to try to pop over there as well. thanks for the idea!

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  8. Oh wow!! These look fabulous, definitely going to give these a go!!

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  9. I used to hate my old apartment, it didn't have enough space for me to add an oven. It was a cold eight months since I've baked. Now that I'm in my new apartment, I am so glad to finally be able to make my mom's cupcakes!

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