Monday, September 15, 2014


To me, popover is an American version of Yorkshire pudding. Being not American or British, I have to say that popovers or Yorkshire puddings are typically not the food that we always eat.

Then, why am baking these? Little for my curiosity but mainly for our bake-along with Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena from Frozen wings. Thanks to Joyce and bake-along, I can be out of my comfort zone, exploring many interesting recipes.

In order to bake the most 
traditional looking tall kind of popovers, I was thinking of buying popover pan but didn't buy it eventually because I know that I won't bake popovers very often. Instead, I have baked mine using a standard muffin pan yielding these small and rather short popovers...

popovers muffin pan
Popovers baked using muffin pan

Prior baking these, I like to gather some information that I can find to bake the best popovers with good successful rate. Based on my reading at Martha Stewart, Food Network, Betty Crocker and America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book, I was surprised to find that these popovers recipes are the same! And, typically, all these recipe contain 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of flour, 15g of melted butter and salt to season. Is this an coincident or what?

Accordingly to the book, America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book, high oven temperature is the most critical to bake high rising puffy popovers. Plus, these are the mentioned steps and tips that maximize the success of baking popover.

In a mixing bowl, place eggs and milk together.
Then add these...
Whisk until batter is bubbly and smooth.
While the batter is resting at room temperature for 30 mins, I did these.
Yes! High temperature setting is important and required.
Next... Nothing much to do but fingers crossed, hoping that popovers will popped!
Yay! They popped!!!
A "short" kind of success! Still nice crispy outside and moist and spongy inside :)

Here's the recipe from the book, The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book.
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Makes 6 large or 10 small muffin-sized popovers

2 large egg
1 cup whole milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil (I have used rice bran oil)

Blend the eggs and milk together in a blender until smooth. Add the flour, melted butter, and salt and continue to blend on high speed until the batter is bubbly and smooth, about 1 min. Cover and let the batter rest at room temperature for 30 mins. - Instead of using a blender, I have used a hand whisk to whisk my batter.

While the batter is resting, measure 1/2 tsp vegetable oil into each cup of the popover pan or muffin pan. Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position, place the popover / muffin pan in the oven, and heat the oven to 430°F or 220°C fan forced.

After the batter has rested, pour it into a 4-cup liquid measuring cup or another container with a spout. You will have about 2 cups batter.

Working quickly, remove the pan from the oven and divide the batter evenly among the 6 or 10 cups in the pan. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 20 mins (do not open the oven door).

Lower the heat to 350°F or 160°C fan forced and continue to bake until golden brown, 15 to 18 mins longer - I have baked my small popover for another 5 mins. Gently flip the popovers out onto a wire rack and let cool slightly before serving.

Tip: If you are using a 12-cup muffin pan - 1) You will need an extra 2 tsp of vegetable oil to grease the 10 muffin cups. 2) Fill only the 10 outer cups of the pan with batter - I have forgotten this tip and used the cups in the center and they still worked. I didn't divide the batter well enough and had made 1 extra thin popover with no much batter.

To make ahead: The popover batter can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 24 hrs. Let the batter come to room temperature and stir thoroughly before baking as directed.

Happy Baking
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  1. Hi Zoe, I've not baked Popovers although I've seen some recipes ... there's one in my cookbook too. Your nicely browned crispy outside and moist inside Popovers look so yummy :D

  2. I've seen Jamie Oliver made Yorkshire pudding, something similar to this but I've never thought of making. Your popovers look lovely.

  3. Hi Zoe! It is interesting as I have taken a look at Lena's and Joyce's and now yours - all three look different but I bet all taste very good!

  4. so yummy and drool worthy.............. :)

  5. Hi Zoe, your popovers and Joyce's look similar in texture, I remembered the ones I made years back was just like lena's and deflated a lot!

  6. mmmm.. now yours look different from lena's.. but i like both as much... yours remind me of a muffin... different ways to eat these...

    pack it up for me

  7. Interesting! I personally don't think I've ever eaten a yorkshire pudding but it seems quite dry and hard sometimes in photos or videos I've seen. I think these babies you've made are much more like something I'd like to dip into gravy or eat with a roast!

  8. wow, have heard of popovers but never tried them.

  9. Hi sweetie.. Was bz in the morning.. I dont know what popovers are, but I've heard of them.. Sounds like popcorm but I know it's not..Hehe.. Your popovers look so delicious, like cream puff with spongy insides.. Yummzzz

  10. I don't see much difference between those names and things.. The way I look at things.. if it tastes good, doesn't matter what is that :D

  11. I usually just use muffin pans and they rise up really high. Popovers are yummy and easy to bake! :)

  12. hi zoe , i hv just seen joyce's ones and i now know what she meant by high. Remember she told us that hers rose really high up! all the recipes look like similar , and yet there's a little difference that makes all of our popovers look very different from one another :D

  13. Hi Zoe, I just came over from Lena's blog, these popovers really interest me (wish I can pinch one from the 1st pix, it looks so inviting!) and I hope I can find some time to join you all for the bake along.

  14. I always wondered what popovers were! I make yorkshire puddings with a similar recipe. These look great :o)

  15. I yet have to make popovers...I like the idea of crispy outside and moist on the inside...
    Have a great week Zoe :D

  16. Zoe, you made them sound so yummy ! I wanna make some too.

  17. Hi Zoe,
    Yes, popovers are made with the same basic ingredients. We love the savoury ones, and they make a lovely snack for tea-time. We love popovers and hopefully I'll have time to make a sweet version and the classic ones too! :)

  18. Interesting Popovers party going on here ;)
    Beautiful bake Zoe :D

  19. Hi Zoe,
    I love the soft , fluffy texture of your popovers . I'm really tempted to make some today as I've 2 hours to spare . Instead of cleaning my home , I'll bake ! What an awesome idea ! LOL

  20. I wish I can pop a few into my mouth right away after looking at the soft airy texture

  21. Popovers is really interesting!
    Yours looks so yummy!

  22. Zoe, I'm back tracking to catch up with posts that I've missed. Your popovers are perfect, and super airy texture. The last time I made it and in the typical popover pans, was at least two years ago...I don't think that would qualify to link up with you (looks like your linky is still open)