Saturday, July 24, 2010
Popping for Popovers!
I know it has been awhile since I have posted. It has been one busy week! I have only used my new stove and oven a few times and I feel so guilty. I haven't gotten down to my cookbooks yet! AGGGHHHHH! I promise I will start soon. In the meantime here is a quick post to satiate any craving you have been having!
Instead of the average dinner roll with dinner, why not try popovers! The idea and beauty of popovers have always tantalized me. How can these morsels bake up hollow and yet have a creamy interior at the same time? I still don't know how that works, magic maybe? The results? Delicious!
Growing up, my mother always had a Moosewood cookbook. I believe she had the original one. Quite a few years ago I purchased the "Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special", by The Moosewood Collective. The cookbooks come from a restaurant in New York that offers vegetarian and organic soups and salads. The restaurant has been around for some time now and it's many chefs have published quite a few cookbooks. I have never been to the restaurant, some day!
11/2 cups white flour ( you can substitute whole grain flour)
1 1/2 cups milk
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons canola or other vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, (optional)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Generously butter a standard 12- cup muffin tin.
When the oven reaches 450, heat the empty muffin tin for 5 minutes. It should be smoking hot; a very hot pan is the key to successful, high rising popovers.
While the muffin tin is getting hot, place the flour, milk, eggs, oil and salt in a blender and puree until smooth. Use a spatula to scrape down any flour that clings to the sides of the blender.
Stir in herbs by hand.
When the pan is hot, immediately fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way full and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes. Serve hot.
I used freshly chopped basil and it gave the popovers a wonderful smell. My four year old kept breaking them open just to smell them!