Wednesday, August 24, 2011


These are delicious.  One of the great secrets of living in Minnesota. 
 I've searched for the perfect popover recipe. Living in Colorado brings about some challenges when it comes to making popovers.   I've tried probably a dozen.  Most turned out like hockey pucks.  And then I came across this one that actually works in high altitude.  And it's from Minnesota!
There was this restaurant in the old Dayton's department store called The Boundary Waters Cafe.  Then it changed to The Oak Grill when Marshall Fields took over.  Now that it's Macy's I'm not sure what the restaurant is called, but the popovers have lasted through all those years and changes.  I think that says something about how good they are.
 So when I found the restaurant recipe I was so excited.  AND IT WORKED!  The only popovers I've ever successfully made in Colorado, not for want of trying, mind you.  These taste exactly like the ones from the Minnesota restaurant.  They serve them with honey-butter, by the way.  Or they're good with syrup.  Or dipped in soup.   Or just plain.  Mmmmmmm......
Here's the recipe:
Boundary Waters Cafe POPOVERS
3 lg eggs
1 C milk
3 Tbsp melted butter
1 C flour
3/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Liberally butter or spray popover pans or deep custard cups. (Popover pans are sold all over the place.  See picture below.  They run about $10-$15.)
Beat eggs with an electric mixer until frothy.  Add butter and milk and mix well.
Add flour and salt and mix to just combine--batter will be a little lumpy.
Divide among prepared pan filling only half full.  Bake until puffy and well browned.
DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN WHEN BAKING!  It takes about 35-40 min.  And really, use your oven light to peek.  I can testify to that one too.  Many failures makes for a jubilant success when it comes!

Here's a what a popover pan looks like:

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