So, another one of my goals is to bake or cook my way through a cookbook. Right now I am trying to decide which one to choose. I have a ton of cookbooks. Unfortunately most of them are packed away at my parents house, awaiting their move. I have maybe 4 or 5 different ones that are in my possession right now. One of those is a book that my brother and sister in law gave me for Christmas this past year called Baking by James Peterson. I hadn’t had an opportunity to cook any of the recipes out of it though, because it was also at my parents house, awaiting the chance to be mailed to me. I ended up picking it up on my trip back home and bringing it back with me.
I really love this book. It is simple to read and the recipes have useful information next to a good handful of them. This morning I decided to make popovers, as yesterday Russell and I were able to find one at an estate sale for $3! It was very exciting, since I’ve been wanting to make popovers for quite a while, but have never wanted to spend the money on a pan. The book informed me that you definitely either want a popover pan, or to double up your cupcake pans to make it extra heavy. The heat that the thicker pan makes is what makes it ‘pop’ up, and apparently if you don’t have that initial heat from the pan, they won’t rise.
Overall I think that the popovers were a success! They were very egg-y, almost omelet-like. With butter they reminded me of an English muffin, only fluffy instead of dense, although we preferred jam (homemade by my best friend!). I want to experiment with them more, since I think that they could have risen more. I also struggled with the temperature on my oven, since it’s very old and temperamental. Both Russell and I foresee many more popovers in our future. Russell and I pigged out and shared the 6 between the two of us. We are now very full and satisfied! I would double the recipe to make a family sized portion.
Recipe: Popovers with Jelly
Makes 6, just enough for 1 pan
1 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/3 c. milk
1/4 c. butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit with popover pan in the oven (you want it to get hot as well)
Whisk together the flour, salt, and eggs. Slowly whisk in the milk, making sure to get out any lumps. Add the butter, continuing to mix until everything is incorporated. Let sit out on the counter at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Take the hot pan out of the oven and brush with oil (I sprayed with pan). The oil should have a second to heat up. Quickly pour the batter into the pan, filling each cup 3/4 of the way full. Toss in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden. At this point turn your oven down to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and cook for another 10 minutes.
Serve hot with butter or your favorite jam/jelly. Enjoy!