Sunday, May 15, 2011

Popover Goodness

Popovers                                                                    May 15, 2011

Have you had them?  Have you ever made them?  They look like such a gourmet treat, and they can be filled with so many types of goodness that they can be totally fancied up or simply enjoyed hot out of the oven with butter.
Just like the Cream Puffs that I wrote about for Mother’s Day, Popovers are one of those easy-peasy recipes that just look difficult.  They’re made with 4 simple everyone-has-them ingredients, and can be made in muffin tins

Gordmans is great for bakeware... this was only $4.99.
or custard cups, as well as the special popover pan that I’m gonna use today (Thanks, D!).

Here are your ingredients...

Yep.   2 eggs, one cup of milk, one cup of flour, and a teaspoon of salt (any salt will work, I just prefer the popcorn salt myself).
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Beat the eggs, but not too much; stir in the milk; stir in the flour and salt;  you’ll get a lumpy, gloppy looking mix.  Strangely, that’s just what you’re looking for.

Grease your pan of choice (today I used Baker’s Joy),
Baker's Joy

and fill the cups half full.  

Bake at 450 for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for 20 more.  When the timer goes off, you’ll want to be ready, because they are amazing just out of the oven!

Break one in half, and watch the steam waft out...

Wafting steam is very difficult to capture on camera!  :(
Dab on some butter, and watch it melt down the sides... and then eat it!  
Popovers are versatile creatures.  Besides being a great bread before dinner, they can be dessert (add a few drops of vanilla to the batter and then sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon over the buttered insides when serving), or even the entree (fill with asparagus in cream sauce... mmmm).  My kids all like hard boiled eggs in a white sauce, 
Creamed Eggs

and that makes a fancy looking brekkie when you serve it with popovers.  
We usually use toast points.  Hey, not every morning has time for the fancy!

Now, you may recall that I am on a diet, and I said there would be no popovers in my house.  Well, the very best thing about this delicious treat is that each one is a puny 68 calories!  Even if you eat a whole pat of butter (36 cals) on each one, that is only a hair over 100 calories apiece!  I've found that about half a pat is sufficient for me, since these are so tasty all by themselves.

The diet is going well, and I will tell you more about that tomorrow.  Today, make yourself a little treat, and enjoy!