I have one back-pocket recipe that can save any breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Special birthday breakfast on a school morning when we have to get out at 7:00 a.m.? Popovers. A soup pulled from the freezer that’s not quite as delicious as I remember it? Serve with popovers. Friends coming over with picky kids? Anything + popovers. Of course, I wish all my meals were flawless and delicious, and all my experiments came out cookbook-worthy. But for the meals that don’t quite make it, popovers save the day.
This is also a great recipe for kids, because once it’s in your blood, you can rely on it for life.
The blender, along with the hot oven, creates a lofty popover with a hollow center. Although you can buy a special fancy popover pan, this recipe works just fine in a regular muffin tin. If you prefer a more custardy popover, mix the ingredients by hand and bake in a 375°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (360 ml) whole milk or buttermilk
1 1/2 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick/56 g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
Safflower oil or melted butter, for greasing the pan
Optional: 1/4 cup fresh herbs; 4 ounces (115 g) chèvre
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Combine the eggs, milk, flour, salt, and butter in a blender. Blend until you have a smooth batter, 15 to 20 seconds. Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes.
2. Generously grease a 12-cup muffin or popover tin with oil. Divide the batter evenly among the cups, filling them most of the way. Add a pinch of fresh herbs and a dollop of chèvre, if using, to the center of each muffin cup. Bake until puffed and golden, WITHOUT OPENING THE OVEN, 25 to 28 minutes.
From The Homemade Kitchen by Alana Chernila, Clarkson Potter 2015.
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