Friday, December 20, 2013

Sourdough Popovers

If revenge is a dish best served cold than it's not popovers.  Popovers are best eaten right out of the oven or no more than 5 minutes after.  This might explain why I was never a fan of them. True, right out of the oven they are a treat unlike anything else, a fleeting and ephemeral treat, crusty on the outside and barely there on the inside, thus able to take on any kind of filling you like, from butter to chicken stew.  But wait five minutes and the popover loses all its best qualities.

Of course, we're not talkin regular popovers today.  Today we are talkin 'bout Sourdough Popovers.  Because this month's Sourdough Surprise is popovers.  And a sourdough  popover is a whole other animal.  While they are still crusty on the outside, somehow the inside is soft and doughy and the whole thing has a more complex, pleasingly tangy flavor.

I used the King Arthur flour recipe suggested in the Sourdough Surprises post.  I followed the recipe exactly (which I almost never do) so no need to re-post here. And did they ever pop over.  I don't know if it's because I have a convection oven, but even the popped part popped!  I must admit they were delightful right from the oven with a smear of butter and a spoonful of blueberry preserves.  And later in the day I gave them a re-heat and they made the perfect accompaniment for juicy roast chicken.

Once again I have to thank Sourdough Surprises for opening my eyes to new culinary vistas.  I will definitely be making these again.  I would love to make an herb and cheese version in mini muffin tins for some quick hor d'eouvers or a chocolate popover to warm up those cold winter mornings!

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  1. Wow they really popped didn't they! I might have to get myself a proper popover pan instead of relying on muffin or friand tins for the proper effect!

  2. I love how tall they are! You're right, such a great recipe - i cant wait to make them again either :)

  3. `You're making me want a popover pan! LOVE how tall they are.

  4. Your photos are gorgeous, and the popovers reach for the sky. What a treat! These inspire me to try another batch... and follow the recipe.

  5. Oh my gosh, your popovers are picture perfect. They look amazingly delicious!! Great job!

  6. Wow! Boy did they ever pop! They look fabulous.