Have you ever had company show up at the last-minute with nothing much to feed them? What about if you’re short on time to cook but want something homemade??
Want to serve something fancy that is deceivingly simple? Try popovers!
Popovers are one of the few baked goods that I hesitated to make for a long, long time. They just seemed too “hard.” The truth is, they should have been the first thing I ever tried because I’ve had success with them every time and the batter can be made in 5 minutes.
I’ll throw a batch together when I want rolls but don’t have time to wait for a yeast dough to rise. The flavors are so complimentary to any dish that they go with anything they are served with.
The batter is oddly similar to the Dutch Baby recipe I use for Special Pancake celebrations, so this makes it the perfect recipe for kids to both participate in making and eat!
The best way to describe the texture of Popovers is to say that they are a cross between croissants+sweet yeast rolls+soufflé+yorkshire pudding. I mean…does it really get any better than that?!
Take a look at our 2-minute video and then try the recipe below!
Easy Holiday Popovers
Yield 12 popovers
Popovers are the perfect last-minute holiday baked good because they can accompany any meal and they come together quickly with pantry staples. If you don’t have a popover pan, don’t fret. A muffin tin makes a great replacement.
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
1 cup flour
In a blender add eggs, milk, sugar, salt and flour.
Blend for a few seconds until smooth. Set aside (or refrigerate for up to two days).
When ready to bake popovers, preheat oven to 425 F.
Prepare popover pan: slice 5 Tbsp butter equally into 12 same-sized pieces. Watch our video on our Vie Facebook page to see this exact process.
Place buttered pan in the oven to melt butter for 5 minutes.
Remove and pour (or use a large cookie scoop) to fill equal portions of batter into each mould, filling up each mould halfway.
Place in the oven for 15 minutes, then without opening the door, reduce oven temperature to 350 F for another 10 minutes.
Check popovers for doneness: they should be slightly stiff when pushed gently and will be golden brown and crunchy.
Remove from oven, dump out popovers into a serving bowl and serve hot.*
Watch the popovers carefully once they are in the oven, but do not open the oven or shake the pan, which can cause the delicate popovers to fall & deflate.
*I’d suggest jam and butter, compound butter or even just lemon and powdered sugar. Think of these as mini Dutch babies that can go either savory or sweet!
Feel free once you’ve made a few batches and gotten the hang of these to try different flavor combinations: shallot + rosemary, bleu cheese & bacon, smoked cheddar & chive.