Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Early Morning Chow - Army Survival, Popovers and You

Popovers, Waffles and Pancakes are a favorite breakfast on the weekend and I'm constantly experimenting with the recipe.

I finally got the Popovers almost perfect, yet decided to mess with them again.  What about adding cornmeal, for a crunchier, corny texture, but still keeping the custardy, delicate bread like interior?

It took several baking  runs, just making 2 or 3 popovers at a time.  Too little cornmeal, they tasted like regular ones (which is still good).  Too much, they were a corn muffin on steroids, not a popover (anyone need a boat anchor?)
It was tall,  full of eggy floury buttery goodness in the middle but with a decided cornmeal/corn bread like snap to the top, like the best part of the edges of cornbread.

I tried them out on Partner in Grime. He had his head buried in a 1991 Army Survival Tips ("you know, most women have "Twilight" on their end table") when the popovers came out of the oven.
He tore into one and of course there is the expected female query.

Me:  "what do you think?"
Partner: (long pause as he finishes it)  "Well it IS better than what's in the Army book".

Me (picking up book)  ". . . the lizard meat is done when the skin bubbles and cracks."

He grinned and quickly polished off the remainder, making me promise to write down the recipe.

So ladies, for a man pleasing bread that's better than lizard on a stick, try HOTR Corn Popovers (makes 3 popovers, to double the recipe use the amounts in the parenthesis).

1/2  cup milk plus two Tablespoons, at room temperature  (1 and 1/4 cup)
2 eggs at room temperature (4 regular eggs)
1/2  tsp wild honey (1 tsp)
1/2 cup fresh flour MINUS 2 Tablespoons  (3/4 cup)
1/4 cup cornmeal   (1/2 cup)
1/4 tsp. salt (1/2 tsp)

1 and 1/2 Tablespoons butter  (3 Tablespoons)

Preheat oven to 450 and place un-greased popover pan inside.

Mix flour, cornmeal and salt in a medium bowl.

Whisk milk egg and honey in small bowl.

Nuke butter until it's melted.

Whisk liquid into flour, JUST until combined (there will be lumps).
Oven should be about preheated now, remove pan, pour in butter into 3 TINS  (for the smaller serving recipe) and swirl around.  Spray top of tin and RIM with non stock spray and immediately pour batter equally into the three tins.

Bake at 450 for 15 minutes. WITHOUT OPENING OVEN
Lower Heat to 350 and bake for 20 minutes more.

Eat immediately!  (like that's a problem).  These would be really good at dinner with chili or stew.

For an easier and just as tasty version (which bakes up quite crisp on top but not quite as high), cook at 375 F for 30 minutes.


  1. You're the most dangerous woman I know... Those popovers are hard to resist...

    Dann in Ohio

  2. I'm going to have my wife try those.

    But how do they rise if there's no soda or baking powder in them?

  3. Dr. Jim - it's the little things, room temperature ingredients (you can always put the eggs in a bowl of semi warm water for 15 minutes and nuke the milk 15 seconds, but leaving them out for 30-45 minutse while you walk the dog or whatever, is better.

    Prehat the pan, use fresh flour and butter. Trust me, it will rise.

    Speaking of which, I have to get up in 6 hours. Night!

  4. I do not have a popover pan. What can I use instead?

  5. Dead.

    You kill me.



  6. Linda- you can use a muffin pan but the results won't be the same, but still a tasty product, but not nearly as high and they'll be more "dense". The deep, steep sides of the popover pan do the trick, as well as the air that circulates around them. The one I use was only $19 and change, and it's been used enough to be worth the money. Here's a link to the order site.|popover|1|best|0|1|24||1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Feature_Recipe_Rule-_-

  7. I would hope they'd be better than a lizard on a stick!
    Looks delicious.

  8. ooooooh, yum! Those look marvelous! Thanks for sharing the recipe. And I've got a guy here who reacts the same way.... I love him anyway. ;)

  9. "1/2 cup fresh flour MINUS 2 Tablespoons (3/4 cup)"

    Should that be 3/8 of a cup, not 3/4? Not trying to be persnickity, just clarifying ...

  10. "1/2 cup fresh flour MINUS 2 Tablespoons (3/4 cup)"

    Shouldn't that be 3/8 of a cup, not 3/4? Not trying to be persnickity, just clarifying ...

  11. Personally, I've HAD lizard and snake on a stick, and it's not bad.

  12. Nancy - Above the recipe it states "makes 3 popovers, to double the recipe use the amounts in the parenthesis", 3/4 cup IS the amount in the parenthesis.

    So 1/2 cup flour minus 2 Tablespoons DOUBLED is 1 cup minus four Tablespoons (3/4 cup)

    Since there is no 3/8 cup measure 1/2 cup minus 2 Tablespoons is the easiest for people to use to make the small batch. And it doubles even easier.

  13. Lizard on a stick?

    You had lizard on a stick and you didn't post the recipe?!?!?!?

    JK...the popovers look divine.


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