Friday, March 25, 2011

Basil and Parmesan Popover

Popovers are a great, easy quick bread for any meal. These popovers do not require a special pan, nor any unusual mixing method; just blend in a blender, and bake a dozen delightful popovers, ready in just about 30 minutes.

The secret to light and airy popovers is to not over blend/mix the batter, a very hot oven for baking, and not to peek for the entire baking time. Serve them alone as a delicious savory treat or filled with jam. 


2 tablespoons butter, melted for brushing popover cups
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons fresh basil or 3 teaspoons dried basil
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Brush popover cups with the melted butter.

2. In a blender or food processor, combine milk, eggs, flour, and salt. Process just until batter is smooth. With a spoon, stir in basil and parmesan cheese.

3. Pour batter into prepared cups, filling up to 1/4 inch below rims. Bake for 30 minutes or until puffed and browned. Remove from oven, let it cool for 2 minutes, and invert to release. Serve immediately.

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