Popovers with Cake Batter Butter

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Well, would you look at what we have here. Baking popovers was on my resolution list! Analysts are predicting this “go-get-’em” attitude will dissipate by tomorrow.

I specifically requested a popover pan for Christmas this year. I’d never even seen a popover in real life but gorgeous photos online were tempting me. But no more! Let the tempted be the the tempter! Or something like that.

But humans, listen. These popovers were so easy to make, and so rewarding! Look at how impressive they are! I feel like a robotic version of Julia Child! It is a bit of the wait game, letting the ingredients come to room temperature and then letting the batter rest for an hour, but that’s why Netflix released all seven seasons of The West Wing on instant. For robots like me, and people like you, who want to bake popovers. So we can watch an episode or two (or… an… entire… season…) during our baking. Thanks, Netflix, for thinking of the bakers. We owe you some popovers.

Oh, and the butter? The butter that I’m claiming tastes like cake batter? It does. It really does. It’s weird. It’s tasty. It’s sooo weirdly tasty.

I’m not saying you should slather this butter on every blueberry muffin in sight. (Or maybe you should.) It’s a novelty butter, used in moderation. It would be perfect for birthday toast! Birthday toast is what all of my friends are getting as gifts this year. Spoiler alert.

Popovers
makes 12
from Authentic Suburban Gourmet

3-1/2 cups milk
4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
6 eggs, room temperature

1. Warm milk in the microwave.

2. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

3. In the large bowl of a mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk eggs on medium-speed for about 3 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Turn speed down to low and slowly add warmed milk. Gradually add flour mixture and mix until combined. Cover bowl and let rest for one hour.

4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Generously spray popover pan with non-stick spray. Fill each popover cup about 2/3 of the way full. Place the popover pan on a cookie sheet to catch any drippings.

5. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375 degrees for the last 15-20 minutes of baking. Popovers should look very golden brown and light and airy. Eat warm.

Cake Batter Butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 tsp sprinkles

1. Cream together butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Stir in sprinkles. Refrigerate to harden.

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