Saturday, June 25, 2011

Perfect Popovers

I decided to make Eggs Benedict for brunch at our lake house for my husband and parents. However, I do not like English Muffins, and I am not a huge fan of biscuits. I am, however, a huge fan of Popovers! So, I decided to use popovers as the base for my Eggs Benedict as a fun change. It made for a bit of a mess, but that is why we have forks and plates.

Popovers: I was first introduced to these delicate and delicious puffs of pastry years ago at the Zodiac Room. The Zodiac Room is an essential part of the childhood of a Dallas girl; it is a rite of passage when your mom takes you to the Downtown Neiman Marcus for a day of shopping and lunch at the Zodiac Room. In this delightfully feminine and seemingly timeless department store luncheon spot, you dine upon fluffy popovers with strawberry butter. It is a treat for the taste buds and the soul. This recipe is adapted from Epicurious.

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4 Tablespoons of butter cut into 9 small even pieces
2 Large room temperature eggs, lightly beaten
1 Cup of whole milk, at room temperature
1 Cup of flour
1/2 Teaspoon of salt

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees for at least 20 minutes to make sure the oven is one even temperature.
2. Place one piece of the cut butter in the bottom of each muffin tin in the muffin pan. Place the muffin pan on a cookie sheet (this is to prevent the butter from oozing onto the bottom of your oven...creating an unpleasant mess).

3. Whisk the two eggs in a small bowl.

4. Whisk the cup of milk into the whisked eggs.

5. In another bowl, mix together the cup of flour and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

6. Whisk the egg and milk mixture into the flour and salt mixture. Whisk until only small lumps remain.

7. Before adding the batter into the muffin tins, place the muffin pan into the 400 degree oven for 4 minutes. This will melt the butter.
8.  Remove the pan from the oven after 4 minutes.

9. Immediately divide the batter into each of the 12 muffin tins.

10. Bake the popovers for 25 minutes.

11. Enjoy this puffy and delicious treats with strawberry butter or as Eggs Benedict!

This was the brunch spread...popovers, prosciutto, poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, strawberry butter, fruit salad, and chocolate chunk cookies!

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