Popovers that Puff Up Magically

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When you want a little something different to serve with dinner, Yorkshire puffs make a nice addition to the menu.

Yorkshire puffs or popovers are a great accompaniment to roast or turkey dinner. These puffy menu items are also known as Yorkshire pudding; although no actual pudding is involved. This is likely a reference to the beef gravy used to fill the centers of the puffs. Pop these into the oven, watch them magically puff up, and then fill them with gravy. Pop-overs whip up quickly. These have the "wow factor" and your family will request them often.

Pop-overs really are completely unique. They do not have the texture of a biscuit, they do not have the texture of cake, they are unlike anything that is commonly served at table.

The secret is in the air that is incorporated into the batter, prior to cooking. As pop-overs cook, they puff or pop up to almost magical proportions.

Yorkshire puffs take minutes to make. You put all ingredients into a blender, mix on high speed, then pour into greased muffin tins.

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How to Make Yorkshire Puffs

Making Yorkshire Puffs

Place into blender or food processor:

3 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup sifted flour

1/2 tsp. salt.

Set blender on high and beat until frothy, 1-3 minutes. Pour into muffin tins that have been sprayed with PAM (Make sure you do this because puffs will stick using other oils). Fill tins about half full with batter.

  • Bake in a hot oven (400 degrees) about 30-50 minutes, until puffs are golden brown. (Reduce heat, as needed, if you test middles and find they are still raw.)
  • Popovers need to bake long enough to hold their shape.
  • Remove from oven. If puffs have to sit for any length of time, make a small slit in the side to let steam escape.

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Yorkshire Pudding Popovers

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How to Serve Pop-Overs

Pop-overs can be eaten a number of different ways.

  • The more commonly known Yorkshire Puffs are traditionally served with a roast beef dinner. Puffs are slit and roast gravy is poured into the hollow cavity.
  • Puffs can also be enjoyed served warm from the oven with butter and jam.
  • Puffy pop-overs are a "kid favorite" because the centers can be filled with a dollop of syrup.
  • Popovers can be cooked for breakfast or brunch and are delicious filled with strawberries and whipping cream.

Different Ideas for Pop-Overs

  • Fill puffs with berries and top with whipping cream
  • Fill puffs with fruit cocktail
  • Fill puffs with custard and fruit for popover trifle.

If you are serving puffs with fruit inside, serve immediately so they don't become soggy.

Yorshire puffs make a charming and interesting addition to any meal. This recipe for puffy pop-overs is fail-proof.

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© 2008 Athlyn Green

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