Sunday, December 20, 2009

Eye Popping Popovers

As Christmas approaches and the feasts begin, I would like to give you a recipe for something a little different but that can be incorporated into your holiday meal. Popovers! These are puffy muffin-size bread with a crisp brown crust and a somewhat hollow, moist interior. They are absolutely delicious for breakfast, tea, dessert, or anytime in between, and are ridiculously easy to make. This recipe is for a sweet popover with apples and cranberries but you can also make savory ones by adding cheese, herbs or spices and substituting them for traditional rolls. They are called popovers because as the batter bakes and expands it “pops over” the sides of the pan and results in a very impressive looking puff ball that will wow your guests.

Please enjoy and happy holidays!

Juicy Apple Popovers
Yield: 10 to 12

2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons plus 8 tablespoons butter
1 Granny Smith apple or similar, peeled, cored, and cut into ½ inch cubes
1 cup raisins currants or cranberries (whichever you prefer)

1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees
2. Add eggs, milk, four, salt, sugar and 2 tablespoons melted butter in a blender and blend well until everything is combined
3. In each cup of a regular sized muffins tins, divide cold butter, apple and raisins. Place the muffin tins in the oven for 5 minutes to melt the butter and cook the apples slightly.
4. Remove the tins from the oven and pour the batter into each cup filling them half way up. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 degrees and bake until puffed and golden brown, 15-20 minutes more. Serve hot.

Recipe courtesy of Sur La Table

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