What a funny holiday. Waking up with your morning coffee, eyes glued to the television to see a furry, fat rodent pop out of the ground to predict the future of a national obsession, the weather. If the iconic groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, he scurries back into his hole and there will be six more weeks of winter. If he does not, he hangs out for a bit outside of his hole, meaning spring is on its way. Phil’s pop out of the ground inspired us to make a batch of popovers for breakfast. The light, fluffy irregular shaped pieces of dough are airy and a perfect accompaniment to a decadent meal or simply paired with jam and butter for breakfast. We sought inspiration from Julia Child’s famed recipe:
Punxsutawney Phil’s Popovers (adapted from Ms. Julia Child’s Baking with Julia)
1 c whole milk at room temp
1 c of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs, at room temp
2 T unsalted butter, melted
Extra softened butter to grease the popover tins
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a popover pan generously with butter and place in the oven for 2 minutes. If you do not have a popover pan, a muffin tin is a nice alternative.
Mix all ingredients together with a whisk to form a thin, runny batter. With a pitcher or measuring cup, pour the batter into the hot popover pan, about 3/4 full. The tin will sizzle, don’t worry! Bake the popovers in the oven for 30 minutes until golden and popped. Do not peak during baking! Will make 8-10 popovers, depending on the size of your tin.
Although Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter, these buttery, golden popovers will surely distract from the cold!