Sunday, April 18, 2010

Custardy Popovers

Pouring the batter into the tins.
The cookbook review for today is one I have had on my shelf since I was in my early 20s. The Moosewood Cookbook is a great staple for making tasty meals with no meat. This is great if you are cutting back on meat for health or economy. I would not recommend going out to buy one just for cooking with toddlers but if you have one, it has a number of great recipes to use. Audrey and I love to bake, mainly because the heat source is not a concern and also because the results are usually tasty. We made Custardy Popovers and they were wonderful. This is an easy project for young cooks with great results.

  • 2 to 3 tbsp melted butter for the pan 
  • 2-4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush the insides of 12 muffin cups with melted butter. Beat together the eggs and milk in a medium-sized bowl. Add the flour and salt. and beat with a whisk until reasonably well blended. It's fine if the batter has a few lumps. Fill each muffin cup about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake 25 minutes if using 2 eggs, 30 minutes for 3 eggs, and 35 minutes for 4 eggs. Try to refrain from opening the oven during baking. Remove the popovers from the pan immediately, and prick each with a fork to let the steam escape. (This helps them hold their shape.) Serve as soon as possible, either plain or with butter and jam. 

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Crack the eggs (she went a little nuts today and almost lost this privilege)
  2. Pour the ingredients in the bowl
  3. Whisk the batter
  4. Pour the batter into the muffin cups
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Help pour ingredients into bowl
  3. Place popovers in the oven
  4. Prick each to release steam
This was a fun and easy project. I recommend you keep these ingredients at hand and put them together first thing in the morning. You can get ready for your day while they bake and you will then have a tasty, warm breakfast.

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