I've never had a popover before, in fact the first time I heard of a popover was when I was watching Gordon Ramsay helping a British Pub owner revive his dying business. You would think being a native Aussie I would have some clue about these, but apparently my family wasn't big popover fans. I am disappointed, not in the popovers, but in the fact that I had never had one UNTIL NOW! I love them! I put some organic butter and organic maple syrup on mine but I can see how these could be adapted for any taste buds, sweet or savoury. I especially loved the gooey centre, it reminded me a bread pudding, one of my favourite desserts that I haven't had since going wheat free. I know I can make bread pudding gluten free and now that I have tasted these popovers I am much less intimidated.
I adapted these to be gluten free, simply by adding 1 cup of King Arthur gluten free flour for the 1 cup of All purpose called for in the recipe. I also added a 1/4 teaspoon of Xanthum gum to help in the binding process, with no gluten it can make baked goods a little crumbly and I didn't want this to happen here. I'm still learning when it comes to baking gluten free, but things are getting easier, thankfully.
My popovers didn't rise quite as dramatically as some of the other cooks or the pictures I have seen, I think I could add some more batter to the pan. I did have a little left over batter but didn't want to overfill and end up with a huge mess in the bottom of my oven. I know now that I would have been safe filling the pan a little higher. Additionally I didn't use a muffin pan, instead I used an actual popover pan, because I had a feeling I would like these, therefore I figured it was worth the investment and who doesn't love new kitchen accessories :) I'm so glad I was right and can justify the purchase. Win. :)
If you would like the recipe from Baking with Julia please pay a visit to Paula's and Amy's blogs for the full recipe. If you want to see how everyone did this week go here and browse through the many gorgeous blogs from the TWD baking group. When you are done, go and make popovers, you won't be disappointed!
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