Friday, August 14, 2015

Popovers and Strawberry Butter

Every Christmas my mom and I go to Neiman Marcus for their Christmas buffet.  It's August....the only way I'm surviving the current heat wave is by dreaming about cooler times.  After walk across a chilly parking lot and through the Christmas bedazzled store, you start your lunch with a popover and a little container of strawberry jam.  I've made different versions of this before, but I decided to try out this copycat recipe from justonecook.  It's about 50 degrees too warm, made the day seem a little more bearable!  The original recipe makes 12, I actually cut mine in half, but...12 pop overs is a bit much, even for me.  You can save them for a day or two in a bag, but I definitely like them straight from the pan....preferably on a plate a Neiman's while it's cold outside, but....this'll do.  
Neiman Marcus Popovers and Strawberry Butter
Popover Ingredients:  3½ c. milk, 4 c. flour, 1½ tsp. salt, 1 tsp. baking powder, 6 eggs (room temp),  non-stick spray
Strawberry Butter Ingredients:  ¾ c butter (room temp), ½ c strawberry preserves

Popover Instructions:  
  • Place the milk in a bowland microwave on high for 2 minutes (should be warm to the touch).
  • Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together into a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, beat eggs on medium for about 2 min. Should be foamy and pale in color.
  • Turn down the mixer to low and add the warm milk (make sure it's not too hot or it will cook the eggs).
  • Gradually add the flour mixture and beat on med. speed for 2 min.
  • Set bowl aside and let the batter sit for 1 hour at room temperature.
  • Heat oven to 450F. Spray popover pans.  Fill almost to the top with batter.  
  • Bake at 450F for 15 minutes. Turn down the oven temperature to 375F and bake for 30 min.  Popovers 
  • While the popovers bake, place the butter in the stand mixer and beat on high until light and fluffy. Add the preserves and beat until well combined. Serve with warm rolls.