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Dec 21, 2006 08:33 PM

Best Popover recipes?

I've just bought a pan especially for popovers, but am hesitant to try the recipe on the label - any solid ones out there?

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  1. i LOVE popovers, and i've had lots of popover help from the home cooking hounds. they are really simple to make, and totally delicious.

    i use the bittman recipe, which i summarized here (in my old board freddie incarnation): . Carb Lover also suggested a recipe on that thread, which i haven't tried.

    Other suggestions that were made that were very helpful:
    --Dusting the sides with grated parmesan (Pat Hammond's great suggestion). The baked cheese smell is heavenly, and these make a lovely savory variation.
    --NOT overmixing or food processing (see my popover follow up:
    )--Spraying the pan with that toxic aerosol cooking oil with flour does add to puffiness. I did an experiment baking 6 with and 6 without the stuff and they definitely added pop. (And I think I took a picture, which I'll post, if I find it.) But I'm ambivalent about whether that stuff is meant for human consumption.

    Adding cinnamon/nutmeg/etc doesn't work. These are too fluffy and light to withstand such treatment. Plain, or with cheese, is the way to go.

    Enjoy, and do report back on your adventures.

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    1. re: rose water

      Is the butter in your bittman recipe there only for greasing the tin or also for mixing in the recipe?

    2. rose water...
      Thank you so v. much. You are the first person to ever respond to me yet on this board when i've asked for help. i truly appreciate it and will let you know how they turn out!

      1. btw, i cannot for the life of me find bittmans recipe anywhere! help!?

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        1. re: lollya

          this is adapted from bittman's how to cook everything.

          preheat oven to 425. butter and preheat pan. it'll brown, but that's not a bad thing.

          mix 2 eggs, 1 tbsp melted butter, 1 cup milk, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt

          slowly mix in 1 cup flour. the batter should be smooth. i put the batter into a pyrex-y thing with a spout, because you want to work pretty fast to retain the heat of the pan. (i theorize that the hot pan and cold batter contribute to the puffing, but have no idea).

          bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then 350 for 15 minutes. no peeking, opening oven door, etc until 30 minutes are up. (if you bake at 425 for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat, they turn out crispier).

          i'd love to hear your experience with the popover pan, and if you think it makes a difference. i use a regular cheapo muffin pan. enjoy!

        2. I am also planning on making popovers, but thought about making them in a muffin pan. Is that ok? Or should I put in a casserole dish? I dont have a special popover pan

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          1. re: Lotus7

            Muffin pans work just fine for me.

          2. I cooked individual yorkshire puddings in a popover pan, to serve with beef tendnerloin, and they were delicious. I think they are moister than popovers and they stood up well to being drenched in a red wine/au juice sauce. As with popovers, the batter was chilled and the pan was heated in a 450 degree oven
            with some beef fat.