Popovers- 7 Tips for Mile-High Success!
Popovers are a fantastic treat to serve for a Sunday brunch, or with a Sunday roast. They are slightly hollow on the inside but soft and chewy, and crispy on the outside. They take minimal ingredients and can be a cinch to make if you follow my 7 Tips for Making a Great Popover below!
What's The Difference Between a Popover and Yorkshire Pudding?
Yorkshire pudding and popovers are essentially the same thing with one key difference. Yorkshire puddings are baked in beef fat, typically the drippings from a roast, whereas popovers are baked in melted butter or oil. Yorkshire pudding came first, and popovers were the American version developed by the early colonists who set out to recreate their beloved Yorkshire pudding in their new home. They were called popovers because of the way they rise up and "pop over" the baking tin.
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Tip#1: The Eggs and Milk Must Be At Room Temperature
- Keeping the eggs and milk at room temperature, or even using slightly warmed milk, will give these ingredients a "head start" in the oven.
- This will help them rise quicker, than if they were chilled and had to "catch up" with the heat with the oven.
- To speed up the process, place the milk in the microwave at :30 interevals until warmed through to lukewarm.
- For the eggs, submerge them in warm water for 10 minutes.
Tip#2: Mix the Eggs and Milk First
- The other secret to a great popover is to mix the eggs and milk first, before adding the flour.
- This will allow the eggs to become incorporated well without over mixing the flour.
- You don't want to over mix the batter once the flour is in or you'll have a gummy popover.
Tip#3: Use a Popover Pan
- Certainly you can make these in a muffin tin, but they will be denser, and your yield will be more than 6 popovers. So it's best to have 2 muffins tins at the ready. It will probably stretch to 10-12 popovers depending upon how much you fill the wells.
- But for mile-high popovers that are sure to impress, a popover pan is what you need! The wells are twice the size of a muffin tin, allowing the popover to reach great heights!
- My favorite is a Non-Stick Popover Pan. The kind where the wells are suspended among rods. This helps the heat circulate around the well, to create a wonderfully crisp exterior.
- Alternatively, you could also bake this recipe in a heat safe skillet, which would be a savory version of my Dutch Baby Recipe.
Tip#4: Grease with Oil Not Butter
- While butter tastes pretty good, it's trickier to get an easy release from the pan when greasing with butter!
- Instead, I use vegetable oil, and save the butter for when the popovers are baked!
- The vegetable oil allows them to just slip out of the pan, once they are done! Or you could also use another high-heat oils like avocado oil.
- But be sure you allow the popovers to bake all the way through the full baking time. Because an underbaked popover will also stick to the pan.
Tip#5: Heat The Pan Before Adding The Batter
- This is another secret to great popover success! Preheat the pan.
- It's important to allow the oven to be preheated and come up to 450F first. Then put in the greased pan for 15 minutes.
- Not only will this also prevent the popovers from sticking to the pan, it will also give them a head start on the rising too!
- Hot pan + warm batter=Sky High Popovers!
- Do not over fill the wells! Or your popovers won't rise as much and they will be dense and not airy and light. Only fill them ⅔ of the way up.
- If you see any oil has collected at the top of the filled well, whisk it back in to the batter with a fork. Otherwise they will rise up unevenly.
Tip#6: Bake the Popovers in Two Stages
- A great popover has two distinct characteristics. A crispy exterior and a slightly hollow, light and airy interior.
- So it only makes sense that it would require two stages of baking to get these results!
- Stage #1 involves baking the popovers at 450F for 20 minutes. This is the rising stage and where the popovers will reach the greatest heights.
- At this stage Do Not Open The Door. Or they will deflate and you'll have a dense, eggy popover.
- Stage #2, reduce the heat to 350F and bake for 10-15 minutes more. During this stage the popover will bake inside, hollowing out and browning on top.
Be sure to set your oven rack on the lowest level possible to avoid burning the tops of your popovers during the stage#2 baking.
Tip#7: Poke the Popovers to Release the Steam
- As soon as the popovers come out of the oven, pop their tops with a pairing knife to release the steam.
- This will prevent them from deflating quickly, while also will keep them crisp.
- Serve with butter and jam or with your favorite Sunday roast
Storage and Reheating Popovers:
- Popovers are best enjoyed immediately out of the oven. But I have found a little trick for storing them that yields pretty good results!
- Once cooled, place the popovers in a resealable plastic bag and place them in the freezer for up to a month.
- Then place them in your air fryer at 375F for about 6-10 minutes until crispy and hot throughout.
- Alternatively, you can also place them in a 300F oven to reheat. But I would not place them in the microwave, they will deflate a bit more and loose their crispness.
These popovers are crispy on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside! Serve them with raspberry jam for a brunch, or with your favorite Sunday roast.
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ cups of milk
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil for greasing
- Place the oven rack on the lowest level. Preheat the oven to 450F.
- Allow the eggs and milk to come to room temperature or better yet, for quicker preparation, place the milk in the microwave at :30 intervals until lukewarm. Submerge the eggs in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes.
- Whisk together the eggs and the milk until combined well.
- Slowly add the flour a little at a time until combined and smooth. Don't over mix, small lumps are OK.
- Grease the popover pan with the oil. Be generous with the oil!
- Place the popover pan on a sheet pan, and place it in the oven, empty, in order to "preheat" the pan, for 15-minutes.
- Meanwhile you can transfer the batter to a pitcher for easy pouring of the batter into the pan.
- Only fill each well ⅔ of the way up the pan. The less the wells are filled the higher the popovers will rise.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 450F, then reduce the heat to 350F and bake for 10-15-minutes more.
- Do not open the door while they are baking or they will deflate!
- Try to go the full 15-minutes on the second stage of baking for crispier exteriors and easy release! Underbaked popovers will stick to the pan!
- Serve immediately!
If you would like to serve these with a roast, bake the popovers while your roast is resting.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g
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Hi Beth. This recipe is what I use (my mother’s) for Yorkshire Pudding served with roast beef. We love this English side. Never thought of them in any other context, but now I will try them with jam!
Oh yes! They are really great both ways! I hope you enjoy!
My family is bigger than just for 6 popovers. Other than buying more than 1 pan can you make these ahead of time?
Sure! What you could do is make them ahead of time, allow them to cool and then freeze them in a Ziploc bag. Then place them on a sheet pan, with a roasting rack if you have one to elevate them, and reheat in the oven at 300F for about 15 minutes or until crispy and warmed through. Hope you enjoy them!
I love popovers, but they stick every time! I bought a new popover pan; they still stick. I'm going to try your recipe and leave them to bake the full time you suggest. Wish me luck.
Yes bake the full time and use the oil! 🙂 Keep me posted! I hope you enjoy!!
Wouldn't preheating the pan with oil/butter at 450 for 15 minutes cause a smoky mess?
You're popovers look perfect, however.
With the butter yes! And then the butter starts to burn before the pan is hot enough! This is why I like the oil. Just choose a oil with a high-smoke point (Vegetable oil, Avocado oil, Canola, Sunflower etc) grease liberally, but don't overdo it, and you'll be smoke free. Hope you enjoy!