i am embracing the “new” in new year and trying to cook things that i haven’t cooked before. as i’ve indicated, i don’t have much of a sweet tooth so desserts are definitely out of my comfort zone. in fact, baking in general, gives me the heebie jeebies. it’s so precise and everything has to be so… exact. i am more of a dash here and a dash there kinda girl – tasting along the way to make it perfect. you can’t really do that with baking.
so i chose to start with something not too daunting, popovers. those light, fluffy “muffins” that use everyday household ingredients and are ready in under 30 minutes. i saw alex guarnaschelli making these on her show, ‘alex’s day off’, and she just made them seem so dang easy.
and guess what… they were! the only thing i would do differently is maybe leave them in a little longer to get them just a little more golden brown. okay & maybe add some cheese… but i need to test that before i post… so hold up on that idea!
here’s the recipe (from alex):
1 cup – all purpose flour
¾ tsp. – kosher salt
2 – eggs, room temperature
1¼ cup – whole milk, room temperature
1 tbsp. – lightly salted butter, melted & room temperature (plus a little more for greasing)
preheat the oven to 450º. grease the non-stick muffin pan and place in the oven to heat while you get everything else ready. in a large bowl sift the flour and salt. In a smaller bowl whisk the eggs, milk and melted butter until blended. pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk. that’s it! now just fill each muffin tin about ¾ of the way. bake for 10 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350. bake for an additional 15 minutes, until they develop a deep golden hue. DON’T OPEN THE OVEN DOOR or the they will deflate. simply use your oven light and keep a steady eye on them.
remove the tin from the oven and turn the popovers out. pierce the sides with a small knife to allow the steam to escape and serve immediately.
these were so tasty and easy. light, buttery goodness. it really made the whole baking thing seem not so scary. to celebrate me getting out of my comfort zone, we opened up a fresh jar of nancy anne’s peach butter and went to town. simply delicious.