Nana Recipe Wednesday–Popovers!

by Sarah on May 2, 2012

Who's ready for a popover?

There are a whole series of these family photos around—can you imagine trying to get 4 little kids to sit still and smile at the same time? Nearly impossible.  Consequently, not one of the photos is very good.  Nana looks about ready to pop these kids over the head.

Bill and Anne look pretty cute in this one, but Mike and Jill look like dorks.

Mike and the girls look pretty cute, but Bill got bored and Nana and Boppa look like they’re over it.

I can’t imagine trying to wrangle 4 kids under 10.  Good gracious!  How do parents of large families do it?  I’ll never know. I imagine it’s something like herding cats.

Maybe the food is the answer.  Perhaps Nana kept everyone in line with the promise of some good cookin’ later.  Popovers, maybe, with homemade jam?   I know the promise of a hot-out-of-the-oven popover might’ve just kept me in line as a kid.

All you need are 5 common ingredients and they can be yours.  Milk, flour, salt, eggs and shortening.

And a popover pan if you’ve got one.  If not, a muffin tin will do.

Grease ‘er up.  Lots of butter or shortening is good here.  Then put it in the oven as you preheat it to 425*.  You want to pour the batter into a HOT pan.

Beat the eggs thoroughly, then add the milk.

Sift in the flour and salt.

Melt the shortening, then pour it in.  Beat the batter with a fork until smooth.  Pour the batter evenly between cups in the popover pan.  This is enough batter for a 6-cup pan.  If you use a regular muffin tin, fill the cups about 1/3 full.  You may get a few more popovers using the smaller cups in a muffin tin.

I realize that these cups don’t look very full, but don’t let that fool you into filling them up with more batter.

Because they really puff up!

Popovers defy gravity!

Doesn’t this just look fantastic?  I wish you could see the steam and smell their perfect eggy-ness, and feel the crispness of the exterior.

Not to mention the almost-hollow softness of the interior.  Fill up the insides with homemade strawberry jam or whatever your little heart desires.

Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, snacktime, anytime, etc.

Nana's Popovers


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp shortening, melted


  • Preheat oven to 425*. Grease popover or muffin pan liberally, then place in the oven to get hot.
  • Beat eggs thoroughly. Add milk, then sift in the dry ingredients. Add shortening. Beat the batter until smooth. Pour the batter into hot popover pan, so that the cups are about 1/3 full.
  • Bake at 4258 for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven's heat to 350* and continue to bake for 30 minutes or until firm. Prick the popovers to let steam escape.

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