A few months ago I purchased a popover pan and was excited to try my new baking toy. I studied a few recipes and they all seemed complex and a little daunting at the time so I pushed my popover pan to the side and focused on a few other baking projects. A few weekends ago I decided that is was time to stop putting off testing out my new pan and get to making popovers. I must say I was extremely pleased with the outcome!
If you don’t have a popover pan, no worries. I tried popovers for the first time about year ago but I didn’t have a pan, so I used my muffin pan which worked well. You won’t get the puff that you get with a popover pan, but your popovers will taste just as good.
For this recipe I took a basic popover recipe and added a little vanilla and some orange oil. Those two flavors coupled with the honey butter took these popovers to the next level!
Orange Popovers with Honey Butter adapted from The Kitchn
1 cup milk ( whole or 2%)
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon orange oil or zest from one orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon honey
Place the butter and honey in a bowl and mix with a fork until the honey is incorporated into the butter and smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use on the popovers.
In a medium sized bowl add the milk, eggs and one tablespoon of the melted butter. Whisk the ingredients together until blended. Once the milk mixture has been blended, add the flour and salt and blend until the liquid is bubbly.
While the batter is resting, place your popover pan or muffin pan in the oven while it’s pre-heating at 450 degrees. Once the oven has finished pre-heating, remove your pan and evenly distribute the remaining melted butter into the cups. Give the batter another whisk then add the batter to each cup, filling halfway.
Place your pan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. While the popovers are cooking be sure not to open the oven during this time as the popovers will deflate.
After the first 15 minutes of baking have completed, turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees and cook for another 15 minutes. During this second 15 minutes of baking, you can open the oven door to check on the popovers. The popovers are ready when they are golden brown.
Once the popovers have finished baking, turn them out onto a cooking rack. To allow the steam to escape the popovers, pierce the bottom of each popover. Cool for a few minutes then serve with honey butter or your favorite jam. Enjoy!