Shepard the Popover Baker

Popovers have been on my “Something I Want to Bake Someday Soon” list for a really long time. I only remember having popovers once in my life when I was pretty young. My mom made them and they were delicious. I think about them every once in awhile and then forget when I actually get to the kitchen. This morning, though, I was perusing Pinterest and came across a recipe where the blogger stated that her popover recipe is “the easiest thing she’s ever baked.” This definitely peaked my curiosity! It was morning, I was hungry, and easy is always good!

Shepard was the only one awake (Caden once again was up for a few hours in the night, therefore sleeping in much later than usual), so I decided to initiate him in the kitchen with his first baking experience. It’s not a big secret that I hate sharing my kitchen. Even with my kids. I know, I know, that makes me a terrible mom. I just like getting my recipes perfect – while keeping the kitchen clean. Which is nearly impossible with a three year old helper, and definitely impossible with a one year old! At any rate, the mixing process was pretty fast and Shepard mostly just watched. Only one spill occurred.

Shepard got pretty excited when he saw this brownie mix on the counter. It looked like a much better breakfast to him than this mystery bowl we were putting together!

Skipping to the finish product, they turned out pretty darn well. I wouldn’t say this recipe was super easy, though. First you whisk together two eggs and one cup of milk. Then you sprinkle in one cup of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Then add one tablespoon of melted butter and whisk until smooth and bubbly. Cover and let sit for half an hour. In the meantime, heat the oven to 450 degrees. Pour 1/2 teaspoon of oil in the ten outside cups of a muffin tin. Put the muffin pan in the oven to get hot. After half an hour quickly fill the pans with better and bake for 20 minutes. Lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 10 minutes. Never open the oven door!

Overall, it was relatively simple and I’ll definitely be making them again. They were good. Especially when you can live on bread products alone, like me.

Shepard very steadily ate his whole popover. I simply put butter on them, but they could be filled with jam, topped with powdered sugar, or even turned savory with some cheese melted inside. Caden and I put honey on ours, though I preferred the plain butter version.

He wasn’t sure what to make of it.

He declared it good, but then only ate a few bites. I, however, ate four. Caden told me I better save some for Daddy. Then he said I was going to get sick. I guess sometimes kids do pay attention. If I’m enjoying something so much, it’s probably bad for me. They were very good, though. Give them a try!


2 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tbs melted butter
5 tsp oil

Whisk together eggs and milk. Sprinkle in flour and salt and mix with a spatula. Pour in melted butter and whisk everything until smooth and bubbly. Cover bowl with a cloth and let sit for 30 minutes.

While resting, heat oven to 450 degrees. Pour 1/2 tsp of oil in the ten outside cups of a muffin tin. Put pan in oven. After 30 minutes take pan out and fill cups as quickly as possible. Bake for 20 minutes. Lower heat to 350 and bake for 10 more minutes until golden brown. Eat warm!

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