Nothing beats the look on a face when you bring these huge popover out on a serving platter to feed your guest and family. The popovers above were baked and as you can see I went a little dark on the crust. The missing one in the photo, we that was a test to check for doneness. It was so yummy it never made it back into the pan.
Popover are similar to British made Yorkshire pudding. I have never had Yorkshire pudding, but from all the pictures I have seen it appears to be larger dishes and it does not rise as high. But the ingredients are very similar.
This is a standard size popover pan. Clicking on the picture links to amazon.com. This is the pan that I have used.
The batter for popovers is very similar to a runny pancake batter. There is nothing hard about it, it just takes a little time to make it smooth.
Prepare you popover pan by greasing or spraying it with oil. To help the popovers come out easier melted butter gets added to each cup before filling no more than half way with batter.
Remember to put these puppies in the lower 1/3 of the oven since they will rise a few inches above the pan while baking and no peaking during the initial 20 minutes. It is actually best is you can keep the oven door closed until you are ready to remove them.
You have a wide option of how to serve these. You can serve with butter, jelly/jam, pancake syrup, fresh fruit and cream cheese or whipped cream.
How about adding in some sliced strawberries or chocolate chips to the batter.
If you want to be on the savory side, how about some creamed chipped beef or roast beef and a mushroom gravy. Even a sausage gravy. Oh my.
Let me know you favorite way to eat these bad boys.
Popovers Browning too Much
If you find you popovers are browning too much like these, place a rack on the highest level of the oven and place an empty baking sheet to shield the popovers from the heating element. The picture below show my first batch of popovers where I did not have a shield pan on. A word of caution, just make sure you have enough room for the popover to rise.