Cooking with Kids | Popovers

by , posted on December 20th, 2011 in Cooking

A popover is a light, airy bread that is best described in one word—delicious. According to wikipedia, these unusual muffins are an American take on Yorkshire pudding. My introduction to them came when I was a kid by way of a Winnie-the-Pooh cookbook.

Recently, I introduced them to my kids. I have at least one picky eater who I knew would scoff at the idea of an eggy bread. So, I crafted a sales pitch. “These are uniquely awesome muffins. Each one has a secret chamber you can fill with honey, jam or butter. It’s like a little secret compartment for sweetness!”


For regular readers, you may remember a couple weeks ago, my daughter started making them. She’s since become a pro.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

Nonstick cooking spray
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 cup all-purpose flour

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400º. Spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2
Crack two eggs into a large bowl.

Step 3
Add 1 cup milk and 1 tablespoon cooking oil.

Step 4
Mix well.

Step 5
Add a pinch of salt.

Step 6
Add 1 cup flour.

Step 7
Mix until combined.

Step 8
Fill muffin tins half way with batter.

Step 9
Wipe off any excess batter. Bake for 25 minutes.

Step 10
Once they turn golden brown, remove from the oven and serve pipping hot.

Turn your popovers over to reveal a hollow chamber you can fill with butter, jam or honey. Delicious!

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15 Responses to “Cooking with Kids | Popovers”

  1. wendy Says:

    December 20th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    seems way easier than I expected. thank you!!! this is a great little tutorial.

  2. Bridget Says:

    December 20th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I made them a while back and they were “PopUnders”. Tasty but they didn’t rise…Since them they have intimidated me. Thanks to Ellie’s expertise I will have to try them with Sydney. Thanks for the nudge!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    She’s excited you and Syd are going to give them a go. Something I read to help with “popping”:

    1. Don’t over mix them
    2. Make sure no one jumps around while the popovers are in the oven

    Have fun!

  3. Pablo at Family Wilds Says:

    December 20th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    We are doing it! We have a 21-month old, she can help with several of these steps :-)

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:


  4. LoveFeast Table Says:

    December 22nd, 2011 at 9:43 am

    This is actually one of my favorite childhood memories. My mom would make popovers anytime we had roast. They were the center of the meal as far as I was concerned.
    Have a wonderful holiday!!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Kristin. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  5. Greta Says:

    January 28th, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Well now, I am ready to drive to Target at 11 pm and buy myself a popover pan so we can have popovers for breakfast tomorrow.
    Hi! I’m new to your blog and I have already fallen in love.
    I too, love cooking with kids.
    My 3 year old and I just made lemon, arugula pesto the other day.
    She loved it.
    My other 2, the picky ones, scoffed at it.
    But we were licking the spoon.
    Can’t wait to explore your blog.
    Love from,

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Yay Greta! So happy you’re here!!

    The pesto sounds delish. Do you have the recipe?

    Greta Reply:

    It’s sooo good!
    Here’s the post with the recipe:
    Hope you like it.
    Love from,

  6. Greta Says:

    January 28th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Jennifer, I am planning a post on it this week.
    If you’d like, I can put the the link here when I do.
    It is amazing.
    We’ve been using it on everything.
    Love from,

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Oh, I’d looooove if you could! Thanks so much!

    I’ll also keep an eye out for the post on your blog.

  7. Jillian Says:

    February 1st, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Those look so great. A little like the sweet version of yorkshire puddings. I have a great recipe for Belgian chocolate spread for bread which I’m pretty sure would be fantastic paired with these popovers ( Thanks for the recipe! Jill

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Um, I may have just drooled on my keyboard. THAT chocolate spread recipe looks delicious.

    I think it’s only fair that we test your theory that they’d be fantastic paired together. Mmmmmmmm!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing the recipe!!

    Greta Reply:

    Hi Jill,
    Here’s the pesto recipe.
    It’s fabulous!!
    Love from,

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