Muffin Pan Popovers
Popovers, America’s version of Britain’s Yorkshire pudding, are pastries that rise impressively over the rims of the pans they’re baked in. Good popovers have crisp exteriors and soft, pillowy insides, perfect for serving with a juicy slice of our Rosemary Rib Roast with Cipollini, or slathering with jam and serving with tea. For this recipe, all you need is a blender and a regular old muffin pan—no specialty popover pan needed.
Equipment note: If you don’t have a 12-well muffin pan, you can use two 6-well muffin pans. Just be sure to bake them side by side in the oven.
These were featured in our recipe for Horseradish Rib Roast with Mushroom–Red Wine Sauce, and our story 9 Recipes That Prove Your Muffin Tin Is Your Best Friend.
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
1Heat the oven to 425°F. Remove all of the racks from the oven except one arranged in the lower third position. Place a baking sheet in the oven while it heats.
2Place 1/2 teaspoon of the butter into each well of a 12-well muffin pan; set aside.
3Place the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, eggs, milk, sugar, and salt in a blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Turn off the blender, add the flour, replace the lid, and blend until just smooth, about 30 seconds. Set the mixture aside in the blender.
4Place the prepared muffin pan in the oven on the heated baking sheet and bake until the butter sizzles, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the muffin pan and the baking sheet from the oven. Pouring from the blender, fill the wells of the muffin pan halfway up with batter.
5Return the muffin pan and baking sheet to the oven. Bake until the popovers are puffed and the tops are starting to brown, about 20 minutes. (Do not open the oven door during the baking time.) Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake until the popovers are golden brown all over, about 15 minutes more. (Do not open the oven door until the popovers have baked at least 35 minutes.)
6Remove the muffin pan and baking sheet from the oven and place them on a wire rack. Remove the popovers from the pan and serve immediately.
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