Perfect Popovers

The Star Tribune had a recipe for “Perfect Popovers” in today’s Taste section. Since I had planned on making soup for supper I thought these would be a good accompaniment. I had never heard of Popovers before moving to Minnesota, but they are pretty popular, especially in this town. They taste like a thin, light, buttery pancake. I absolutely love them. You can add cheese and/or herbs but I can’t guarantee they will rise up as good. Just look at this profile!

PERFECT POPOVERS

Courtesy of The Star Tribune

Makes about 1 dozen.

Note: This recipe must be prepared in advance. To prepare clarified butter, cut unsalted butter into small pieces and melt in a saucepan over low heat, simmering undisturbed for 10 to 15 minutes but not allowing butter to sizzle, until fats separate. Strain mixture, discarding white milk solids and retaining clear yellow clarified butter. Refrigerate in a tightly sealed glass container for up to 1 month. Rick Nelson’s formula, from 2009.

• 5 eggs plus 1 egg white

• 2 c. whole milk

• 6 tbsp. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and warm to the touch

• 1 3/4 c. flour

• 1 tsp. salt

• 6 tsp. clarified butter for pans (see Note)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat eggs and egg white until pale and frothy, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat milk in microwave oven (or in a saucepan over low heat) until it is just warm to the touch. Add milk to eggs and beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Add butter and beat until combined, about 30 seconds.

Reduce speed to low, add flour and salt, and mix just until batter is consistency of heavy cream (a few lumps may remain) and lightly bubbled, about 30 seconds. Cover with plastic wrap and let batter rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to lower third of oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place 1/2 teaspoon clarified butter in each popover tin. Loosely cover pan with aluminum foil, place pan on a baking sheet and preheat pan for at least 15 minutes. Transfer batter into a container with a spout. When pans are hot, remove from oven, remove and discard aluminum foil and carefully pour batter into prepared cups, filling just under two-thirds full.

Return popover pan to oven (keep pan on baking sheet) and bake 25 minutes. Without opening door, reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake an additional 14 to 18 minutes until popovers are golden brown. Remove from oven and let popovers rest 1 minute before gently lifting popovers from pans (some may require a little nudging with a dull-edged knife). Serve immediately.

One Comment

  1. Posted October 31, 2010 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    I love popovers! I guess that’s what happens when you grow up in Minnesota 🙂 I’m loving your blog! It’s a little taste of home while I’m so far away from it.

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