My Seth is not a breakfast eater. I have come to terms with this a long time ago. I doesn’t stop me from trying though. It is my quest to get something in that little tummy if it kills me. He never was one for 3 square meals- he is a grazer. He will nibble and eat little bits all day long. There are about 4 things on my breakfast roster that he will go for; one of them is waffles. You kind of have to be in the mood to make waffles and quite often I am not in the mood, and he does not fancy the ones out of the box. Mind you, he is not a picky eater; he just does not like to eat breakfast. Popovers to the rescue! You can add many things to a standard popover recipe to change it up. I like to add tangerine zest to make these tasty breakfast treats. I have made many versions of popovers in my day. If you have a window on your oven it is fun for your kids to watch as they start to pop and rise. First I have to get Seth out of bed, but that’s another story…
(He’s gonna hate me for this, but I could not resist this cute sweet face!)
(yield: 6 popovers)
1 Cup All purpose flour
pinch of salt
3 large eggs
1 Cup whole milk
2 tangerines; zested
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
2 Tablespoons butter;divided into 6 equal pieces; kept cold
1. Preheat the oven to 425° degrees. Spray a popover pan with non stick spray.
2. Blend flour, salt, eggs, milk, tangerine zest, sugar and melted butter. Whisk to combine; about 1 minute. Pour batter into a 2 Cup glass measuring cup. Set aside.
3. Place the popover pan in the oven and heat the pan for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes open the oven and drop a cold piece of butter into each well of the popover pan. Close the oven door and let the butter melt for about 1 minute.
4. Open the oven door and carefully pour batter into each well to 1/2 full. Bake the popovers at 425° for 20 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR!
5. After 20 minutes, reduced the of the oven to 325° and continue baking for an additional 20-25 minutes. After 20 minutes check the popovers; insert a bamboo skewer and the popovers are done when the skewer comes out clean; if not done continue baking for a few additional minutes. Once they are done; insert a skewer into each popover to release the steam (this will ensure they keep their shape) and let the popovers cool in the pan on a wire rack until cool enough to touch.
6. Serve warm plain, with butter or a drizzle of honey.