The Magic of Popovers

When my son was a toddler, my sister-in-law gave us a wonderful cook book for kids by Mollie Katzen and Ann L. Henderson called Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes.

I think it’s the BEST cookbook for young kids out on the market.  Whenever I come across it in bookstores, I am so glad that it is still in print (it was first published in 1994).  It’s beautifully illustrated with whimsical paintings by Mollie herself.  The design is very accessible to children.  There are easy, illustrated step-by-step recipes that go along with an adult version.  We sometimes read Pretend Soup at bedtime for fun.  My son loves to read all the quotes of the kids who made the dishes, which are quite funny and genuine (e.g. “This has a happy taste.”–Emma).  Every recipe we’ve tried has become a favorite (Bright Pink Fruit Dip, Zucchini Moons, Carrot Pennies, Chocolate Banana Shakes, Hide and Seek Muffins, to name a few).

Recently when my mother was visiting, we made Popovers for her for breakfast.  The process of making popovers is so fun and satisfying even for grown ups.  This simple recipe just has five ingredients:  butter, milk, flour, eggs, and salt.

"Painting" with melted butter

Learning how to crack an egg

Pouring the milk

Pouring the batter into the tin

When I think of when I was a single gal living in Manhattan and going to the Popover Café in the Upper West Side and ordering a basket of popovers for $7.25 ($2.25 for a single popover), it makes me laugh.  Never again!

Sprinkled with some powdered sugar.

Recipe for Popovers from Pretend Soup:

2 tablespoons melted butter

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

¼ teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and melt butter.
  2. Brush the insides of 12 muffin cups with melted butter
  3. Break eggs into the mixing bowl.
  4. Add milk and beat well.
  5. Add flour and salt and whisk until reasonable well blended – it doesn’t have to be perfect.
  6. Use a ¼-cup measure with a handle to pour batter into each muffin cup. They should be one-half to two-thirds full.
  7. Bake 30 minutes without opening the oven.
  8. Remove muffins from the pan and prick with a fork to let the steam escape.  Spread with butter and/or jam, and eat!

Makes one dozen.



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19 responses to “The Magic of Popovers

  1. chris

    yum is right!!! I’m going to make this with my gran son Coady…maybe the night before his 4th bday if he stays the night. 🙂 and will pass on to my NON cooking Manhattan daughter too… something she can WOW with some time. 🙂
    yum…. c

  2. Thank you for this very sweet post! Love your photos as well as your painting. w/ Appreciation, Mollie K.

    • Thank YOU! I’m a long time fan of yours and have enjoyed reading and using your cookbooks over the years! I’m honored to get a message from you, and thanks so much for the tweet!!

  3. That sounds like so much fun! I have one of Mollie’s books, I think it’s Let’s Get Cooking, and would love to add a child cookbook to my collection. Thanks for sharing. My son is less than two and I can see us cooking together!

  4. So glad I found your site from Mollie Katzen’s tweet this afternoon! Thanks for the popover idea…we are having these tonight for dinner. I added spinach and fresh mozz. inside. We’ll see how the turn out.

    • Wow — I didn’t know you could put anything in them because of the steaming —
      sounds like a great idea!

      • I tried it and it worked pretty well. They didn’t steam up as much as regular ones do but they were still yummy! Would you mind if I linked up to your post to show where I got the idea? Have some fun pics too.

        Glad we’ve connected. Look forward to more from you.

  5. I love popovers! Obachan is so lucky to have had her grandson bake for her! What a wonderful cookbook. I can’t wait to buy this and cook with my own little one when she’s old enough. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    My favorite popovers are at the Halekulani Hotel on Oahu and I saved the little recipe card for this that they give you complimentary in the room, but I’ve never tried to make them because it seemed so difficult to make. Thank you for motivating me once again! 😉

    • Obachan loved them — I think she ate more than anyone else! 🙂 I don’t think I’ve been to the Halekulani, but I know they have amazing buffets in hotels there, and my mouth is watering just thinking about them! Hope you try out the popovers — these are sooooo easy, not difficult at all!

  6. It’s so great to get kids involved in the kitchen from a young age. I’ve noted down the title of the book and will definitely pick up next time I’m at the bookstore because I love cooking with my nieces and nephews.

  7. These look so wonderful, and not too complicated! I’m sure they are better fresh out of the oven, but I wonder how long they would keep?

  8. Will have to make these soon….and perhaps serve with some strawberry jam!

  9. That must have been a blast for your son.

  10. These look delicious! I haven’t had a good popover in way too long 🙂

  11. Popovers are indeed magical!

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