Saturday, October 4, 2014

Bernadette's Popovers

This is from the Hannah Swensen Mystery Key Lime Pie. These sound lovely!  These were served with Fancy Butters For Popovers.


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F., rack in the middle position. 
Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with Pam or other nonstick cooking spray. 
You can also grease them with clarified butter, or lard if you prefer. 
Hannah’s 1st Note: Before I got this recipe, my popovers always looked as if they’d been run over by Earl Flensburg’s tow truck . Now they’re high, light, golden brown, and gorgeous. 

4 eggs *** 
2 cups milk 
2 cups flour (not sifted) 
1 teaspoon salt 

Hannah’s 2nd Note: You should mix this recipe by hand with a whisk. If you use an electric mixer, it will add too much air to the eggs. 

Whisk the eggs until they’re a light, uniform color, but not yet fluffy. 
It should take no more than a minute or so. 
Add the milk and whisk it in until it’s incorporated. 
Measure out the flour and dump it in the bowl all at once. 
Dump in the salt on top of it. 
Then stir for a moment or two with a wooden spoon until all the flour has been moistened and incorporated. 
You will still have lumps (like brownie batter) but that’s fine. 
In this recipe, you actually want lumps! 
Transfer the batter to a container with a spout (I used a measuring cup). 
Pour the batter into the muffin cups, filling them almost to the top. 
Bake at 450 degrees F. for exactly 30 minutes. (Don’t peek while they’re baking or they’ll fall!) 
When 30 minutes have passed, remove the pan to a cold burner or a wire rack and pierce the top of each popover with a sharp knife to release the steam. 
Let the popovers stand in the pan for a minute or two, and then tip them out into a napkin -lined basket. 
Serve with sweet butter, salted butter, fruit butters, jams, jellies, or cream cheese. 
Yield: 12 large popovers that everyone will love. 
Hannah’s 3rd Note: These popovers are also good at room temperature. I haven’t done this yet, but I’m going to try filling them with egg salad, tuna salad, or salmon salad. If it works, it’ll be a great dish for a brunch.

Fluke, Joanne (2008-02-01). Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) (pp. 140-142). Kensington Publishing Corp. Kindle Edition.

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