With the cold weather now well and truely upon us, I am reminded of the times Mum used to make "popovers" as a special treat for breakfast when we were young. I have asked Mum for the recipe and here it is. (Once I get around to making some I will post a pic)
Straight from the Book ...
These beautiful creations are like fragile shells – nothing but crisp golden crusts and air. Lavish them with butter and preserves. You can bake them in your choice of containers: lightweight, shiny metal muffin pans, dark heavy cast iron popover pans or ovenproof glass custard cups.
1 cup all purpose flour (sift before measuring)
¼ teasp salt
1 teasp sugar – optional
1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine or salad oil
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
In a bowl stir together flour salt and sugar (if used) until thoroughly blended. Add butter milk and eggs; beat until; smooth (about 2 ½ minutes) scraping bowl frequently with a rubber spatula (– or just put it all in the Kitchen wiz – and wizzzz!!!
Fill greased ovenproof glass cups about half fill with batter – 12 1/3 cup size, 10 ½ cup size, or 8 or 9 6 ounce size.
(I heat gem irons in the oven, put a dab of butter into hot irons to grease them, and fill to brim with mixture – makes 12 sometimes with a bit to spare)
For a richly browned shell with a fairly moist interior bake on centre rack in a 400 F oven for about 40 minutes or until well browned and firm to touch. For a lighter coloured popover, drier inside, bake in a 375 F oven (about 180 C) for 50 – 55 minutes (Keep oven door closed: popovers may collapse if a draft of air hits them just as they are swelling above the cup – usually about ¾ way through the baking time). Remove from pans and serve hot. Makes 8 – 12 popovers.
If you like the interior of the [popovers to be especially dry, loosen them from the pan but leave sitting at an angle in cups; prick popovers’ sides with a skewer and let stand in th turned off oven, door slightly ajar for 8 – 10 minutes.
(Well it is quite a science - I am finding out a bout all the things to do that I do not do!)
My serving instructions – split and butter, fill with strawberry jam and top with lashings of whipped cream
Note from Brenda: Popovers and the Muppets is an especially good combination.