Saturday, October 30, 2010

Popovers, anyone?

Chocolate Popovers with Sweetened Vanilla Cream Cheese

I told you on my Thursday post that I got two popover pans from CSN Stores. A popover is a roll made with an egg batter. They are extremely light and fluffy. The name comes from the fact that the steam makes them rise about the popover pan, muffin tin, or custard cup that they are cooked in. They "pop". Well, not literally, in the sense of a loud noise in the kitchen. Good thing! That would be a zoo around here. My big dog would growl and go crazy. The smaller one would send me to get a mop! (Hunting season is interesting.)

I have made popovers since I first tasted them in Colonial Williamsburg as a teenager. I guess that means I have only made them for about ten years. Did you believe that? If so, I'd like to sell you a bridge...
The most common type of popover is plain. I have seen some variations. There's cinnamon, cheese, and chocolate.The same plain batter is used to pour into hot roast beef juices to make Yorkshire Pudding.

This morning, I made chocolate popovers and served them with cream cheese that I had beat with a bit of vanilla sugar and a splash of vanilla. I used a base recipe that recommended heating the oiled popover pan just prior to pouring the batter in. I've done this before and they raise a bit higher. I have recently started pouring into a cold oiled pan and found them to be almost as good with no risk of me getting distracted and letting them go too long in the oven empty. For my money, I'll do the cold pan method. Both work.

Basic Popovers:
2 eggs
1 cup unbleached flour (Bread flour makes them rise higher because of the extra gluten to trap the steam.)
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Spray oil or grease your 6 popover pan, muffin tins, or custard cups.
Beat eggs.
Beat flour, milk and salt into eggs JUST until the consistency of thick cream.
Pour evenly into 6 pans. If using muffin pans, make sure they aren't more than 3/4 full.
Bake for 20 minutes. Turn oven to 350 degrees and bake another 20 minutes longer. (15 min. for muffin tin)
Remove from oven and get them out of the pan right away. You will want to serve them hot. (Butter and honey are seriously good with the plain popovers!)


Chocolate Popovers:
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon melted butter
1 cup flour mixed with 1/8 cup cocoa, 2 Tablespoons sugar and 1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray oil or grease popover pan, muffin tin, or custard cups.Place them in oven just as you are going to mix the batter or they will burn.
Beat egg.
Beat dry ingredients into egg, alternating with milk and butter. Just beat until smooth.
Use oven mitts and get your pan out. Pour batter in quickly and place back in oven. Bake 20 minutes.
Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake 20 more minutes.
Serve hot.
My cream cheese was good, but honey butter would also be enjoyable!

Barn Appetit!tm
*Dear George,
See, dear, a popover is not the same as popping over. I guess one could popover for a popover though. If there wasn't a huge pond between us I'd invite your mom and dad over for a popover. Or a popover. I'd have  to create a liver flavored popover for you. (My dogs would insist on sharing.)




9 comments:

  1. You are too funny (teenager 10 yrs ago, indeed!)

    I guess this is what we're headed for as we age - we go from a muffin top squishing over our waistband to popover, hanging out over our waistband! :)

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  2. BOL!!! I'm gald you see the funny side lol!!!
    I'm also gald you put muffin tin in there cus we don't do popover tins in the UK!! maybe I could start a business importing!!!
    I'm also gald you cleared up about how loud the pop is!! they sound like fun. I'll get mom to make some soon
    Thanks for the recipe
    See Yea George xxx
    PS Thanks for popong over ;) don't forget to pop back on the 1st, I've got to go and lay down my sides are hurting BOL!!!!

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  3. They look wonderful and the cream cheese looks yummy, I could eat anything with cream cheese in it.
    Thank you for your kind words. I agree though, when I had to put my horse down, that was by far the hardest things I have ever done. I still can hardly write about it.
    It is kinda like if you are going to have animals you have to have heartache too. I love animals to much to ever live without them.
    Have a wonderful Saturday.

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  4. You have now inspired me to buy a popover pan this weekend. Been meaning to for some time now. Thanks!

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  5. Lol,I have never made popovers.Thanx for sharing the recipe,am going to make some tomorrow morning!
    xoxo

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  6. I agree with farm girl, I could eat anything that had cream cheese with it, in it, on it. You name it, I'll eat it. :) But I must say I've never had vanilla cream cheese, I'm very curious about this!! :) I hope you have a great weekend!!

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  7. I am going to have to try this and see how Miss Bear likes them. They just might make the tea party menu for her birthday!

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  8. Wait.... HOLD IT RIGHT THERE!

    *tear* You didn't save any for ME? *cries*

    If you don't make them again soon, when I'm not at the Farmers Market... then... then... then... I'll have to do something drastic.

    ... Like ummm, something drastic.

    Another-wards, I'm now hungry.

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  9. Don't be drastic, dear! Mom will make you a popover. I'll popover and see you!

    LOL
    LOL
    LOL

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