Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Herb Popovers

How is the Holidays preparation going on? The Christmas tree is dusted once again and decorated with those glittering glass ornaments. The holiday spirit is spreading along with the cold weather.

This year, my son joined the school choir. Yesterday, they performed their first show in the shopping center and he has two more next week for this Holidays. He loves music and was pretty excited of his public show. I remember being once in choir in my school year but I never went after school hours to perform anywhere. I don't know if my parents would have allowed singing outside in public place :)
Ok, do you have any baking list for this holiday, cookies, cakes, pudding? I borrowed a baking book in my local library "Art & Soul of Baking" by Cindy Mushet for the holiday baking. The popover recipe was really too good to give a try. Hey, with only five main ingredients, no leavening ingredient and watery batter, this popover puff out in very hot oven. Literally, a kid can mix it and watch the magical popover puffing out of the pan. So let the magic moment begun right in your kitchen :)


1 cup of All Purpose Flour

1 cup of whole milk* (I used low fat)

2 large eggs

2 tbsp of melted butter

1/2 tsp of salt

 Optional (I customised) : herbs, spice of your wish

I added 2 tsp of chopped cilantro ( it is untraceable) because I mixed in blender (blame my laziness!)

Added approximately 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper.


Keep the rack in middle of oven. Preheat the oven at 450 °F. Butter
largely the popover tin or muffins tins. Once the oven is preheated , place the buttered tins in oven for 7 minutes.

I mixed the batter in blender, run the liquid first for 20 seconds: egg, melted butter, milk. Add the flour and salt and run the blender another 20 seconds. Here you go, the batter is ready.

You can mix herb (cilantro) and spice (black pepper) at this point. Run a second or 2 seconds.

In the book: Mix, AP flour, milk, eggs, butter, salt together until blended in a large bowl with a whisk ensuring there is no large lumps.

Pull the hot popover pan and close the oven door. Fill the tins 3/4 of the
 - I filled 6 tall tins and two regular muffins tins.

Return the pan /tins in the 450 °F oven settings and bake 15 min, without opening the oven door, after 15 min. Reduce the oven at 400 °F and bake another 15 min until the top is golden brown.

Once they come out of the oven . Take a knife/fork and poke holes to escape the air. They won't collapse later or at least during the photo shoot!

Important note: Don't be tempted to open the oven door during the temperature change. The hot air is key to puff this beautifully over crowned popovers.

For a classic popover use only the 5 ingredients and omit the optional ingredients.

Enjoy with some fruit butter or keep ready some spicy stew to soak this hollow popovers.

They don't store well and do not hold the shape for long - I promise they don't last longer in your table once baked. 


LG said...

They look so appetising. Perfect for tea time :)

Sayantani said...

no baking for me this season am just enjoying others preparing all the delish goodies for the season.This looks like soft white bread. dint know its so easy to bake. would love to give it a try.

Finla said...

Here too the tree is up and our tree is almost 22 yrs old :-)
I think it is wonderful kids taking intrest in music, shyama did violin and in her teenage period it helped her a lot.
The pop overs look so fluffy and soft and i love the mould too.

Priya said...

Those popovers looks super spongy and light.

sra said...

That "untraceable" line made me laugh a lot!

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious and tempting

Manasi said...

Loved the last picture, how lacy and airy...

Madhavi said...

Love popovers..this looks yummooo!!!


Laavanya said...

Yes our Xmas tree is all ready too and the kids had fun decorating it. Lovely to hear that your son has joined the school choir.

These popovers look magnificent - the texture looks perfect so airy and light.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Love the recipe...new to me

Bong Mom said...

I have always wanted to bake pop-overs since I feel they are simpler than other kind of bread and now you even have the herbed one to give me the push :)

Happy Holidays Cham and happy caroling with the son.

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

The pops are looking so soft and fluffy...Good amount of air in it..But I like your molds also...

ruchikacooks said...

Perfect for tea Chamka, how are you? You forgot me :( ???

Vikis Kitchen said...

Wishing you and family a blessed, prosperous and happy New year dear. The popover looks amazingly easy, fluffy and delicious. Like all the previous years, I tried ur fruit cake and we all like it very much. Thanks for that recipe Cham....ur recipe has got me a lot of fans and friends:) Keep writing more for all of us.