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February 07, 2016

POPOVERS WITH GARLIC HERB CHEESE

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A popover is a bread that is custardy and hollow on the inside and lightly crusted on the outside. With a garlicky and a mild cheese flavor, these popovers go well with almost any dish. They can be baked in specialized popover pans or regular muffin pans.

Popovers with Garlic Herb Cheese
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So, this was supposed to be a Valentines' Day dessert post, but as you can see from these images, it didn't work out that way. Some days you wake up with a plan but things have a way of taking their own course. I woke up to a messy, snowy morning the day I wrote this post. As I was scheduled to work a short day, the office was nice enough to call to let me know I didn't have to come in. THANK YOU!! So, I immediately got out of my work clothes, got into my comfy clothes, and washed the gunk off my face. Free day! Woo hoo!!

Now with the free time on my hand, I mapped out how to utilize it—some light housework, put the finishing touches on a blog recipe, conduct a photo shoot, and get the post ready in advance for publishing. Light housework was a little more involved then I had planned. Two loads of laundry and 2 1/2 bathrooms cleaned later, mission was accomplished. Not the way I wanted to spend my free morning, but it felt good to get it out of the way.


Popovers with Garlic Herb Cheese

Next on the agenda was to finish up the Valentine's brownie ice cream cake that was supposed to be the feature of this blog post. Clearly, something went awry because these popovers don't look anything like an ice cream cake! Sadly, the Valentine's treat I had visioned was not meant to be. 

It started out well. I had already assembled a cake that consisted of a layer of brownie, a layer of strawberry ice cream, another layer of brownie, and a layer of vanilla ice cream. It was supposed to be topped with a layer of chocolate ganache that cascaded over the sides. But much to my disappointment, when I added the ganache, it did not stick to the ice cream as expected. It slipped off the sides and broke under the pull of its own weight. Undaunted, I gave it a second try...removed the ganache, patched the ice cream, and gave it a new coat of chocolate. Again, it failed miserably! The ice cream cake was taking a beating, and I was feeling bad mojo, so I decided to call it quits.

Just was well—I was not looking forward to the photo shoot. Ice cream is not very forgiving. It is a subject that can morph in front of your eyes. If the photos are not taken fast enough, the ice cream cake becomes an ice cream puddle! Been there!!


Popovers with Garlic Herb Cheese

And that brings us to today's feature. After my failed attempts to embellish the ice cream cake, Plan B (making popovers) was put into action. True to form, Plan B was also not meat to be. My son, who has been on a milk and eggs kick, polished off the last of the milk and eggs in the house. My hopes of completing a dish and doing a photo shoot on my free day was shot. I wasn't about to brave the frozen tundra to get reinforcement! Popovers and completing a blog post had to wait. In the end, it all worked out: the shelves got replenished the following day and popovers were made.

Popover gets its name from the fact that the dough pops over the muffin pan it is baked in. Making the batter takes minutes, and you can use a blender, electric mixer, stand mixer, or by hand. These popovers get their flavor from Garlic and Fine Herbs Boursin cheese. (Not getting paid. I just like it.) I love the flavor and creaminess of this cheese.

This was the first time I used popover pans. They have straight walls and are much deeper than muffin pans. I filled the wells 2/3 full. Although you generally want to fill the wells no more ore than 2/3 full, for a more dramatic popover effect, I would fill them up 3/4 full next time. These didn't flow over the popover pans as much as I would have liked. In the past, I have always used muffin pans. The popover rose and turned out beautifully. One thing to keep in mind when using muffin pans: they hold less batter, so reduce the baking time about 5 minutes or so. 

Forgo the dinner rolls and make some popovers at the next meal. They are best eaten immediately but will warm up just fine the oven, so feel free to make plenty!


Popovers with Garlic Herb Cheese






POPOVERS WITH GARLIC HERB
CHEESE



INGREDIENTS:

1/2 pkg. (about 2 1/2 oz.) Fine Garlic Herbs Cheese from Boursin
1 cup warm milk
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup flour
1 rounded tsp. salt
3 tbsp. butter, melted and divided



INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. with the baking rack positioned on the lower half of the oven.

Beat cheese and 1/4 cup milk until smooth. Add the remaining milk. Beat until cheese is completely incorporated. Add eggs and beat until foamy. 

Combine flour and salt. Add to milk mixture. Beat until flour is incorporated. Add 2 tablespoon s butter. Beat to incorporated.

Brush the remaining butter into wells of 6-capacity popover. Place in oven to heat for 2 minutes. Do not leave too long as butter will burn. Remove from oven.

Immediately fill wells 2/3 to 3/4 full with batter (for a more dramatic pop over effect, fill up to 3/4 full). Bake at 450 F for 20 minutes (do not open door during baking). Reduce heat to 350  F and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Done when toothpick comes out with few crumbs attached. 

Immediately pierce a slit into the popover using a small knife to release steam. Unmold. Best served immediately. Makes 6 popovers.

Note: If using muffin pans, will yield about 9. Reduce baking time about 5 or so minutes.




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26 comments:

  1. I think these are the same as English yorkshire puddings which my kids love. I really fancy the idea of adding garlic cream cheese, this gives a really nice twist to a classic recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think they are essentially the same. Both are delicious...and even more so with garlic and herbs! Thank you for stopping by, Sam!

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  2. Awww, recipe fails happen to the best of us, Thao! And you are right, ice cream stinks to take photos of! Makes me wish I had a walk in freezer whenever I try to take pictures of it! ;) But I would say not all was a loss, because these popovers look DELICIOUS!! I love popovers and the touch of garlic, herb and cheese you have going on here is perfection! I could make a meal out of just these! Helllllo carb-y goodness! Cheers, my dear! xo

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    1. A walk-in freezer would be awesome! That's when you know you're hardcore! Ice cream is my nemesis...at least in the in the photography world, but in the gastronomic world, it's pure love! I was glad I had popovers as a backup, otherwise you would still be looking at pita chips this week! ooxx

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  3. The popovers really look delicious, I have never had any but I can pretty much imagine their taste by looking at them, I have to put them on my to-cook list. Sorry about the recipe fail, I know how frustrating that can be...

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    1. The ice cream cake didn't look as pretty a I had envisioned, but it did taste great! I was happy there was a backup. I'm excited that the popovers are going on your to-cook list! Hope you'll like them, Adina!

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  4. Yay for a free day at home but sorry to hear about your brownie/ice cream mishap :( Love these popovers though, they look so delicious! The garlic herb cheese is such a nice touch!

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    1. Free days are the best! It all worked out because I got to splurge on ice cream cake and popovers!

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  5. Recipe fails are a total bummer! These popovers are sure a great idea to make up for it! I hope your brownie ice cream business works out! Ice cream is so hard to photograph before it melts! sigh.....

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    1. The bright side is this one failed in the pretty category but it didn't fail in the taste! :) I think we all are fighting the same battle when it comes to photographing ice cream. 😬. Sorry about the game....maybe next year?

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  6. These are absolutely calling my name! Anything with carbs, garlic, and cheese has my name written all over it ;) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yeah! I'm glad that you are hearing them nice and loud, Kennedy! It's good to hear from you! :)

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  7. I have always had plain popovers with a sweet spread, like strawberry cream cheese. These look delicious and would work better as a first course than my usual. Yes, I have a popover pan and a dinner party coming up!!

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    1. Perfect timing! I hope you'll try these out! I'm loving your standard go-to...there's nothing wrong with popovers and strawberry cream cheese. Yum!

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  8. Ugh...recipe fails - I had 3 rounds of them last week...boohoo - no fun! You recovered splendidly - these popovers look amazing! I haven't had a popover in ages - I'm craving them BIG time now :)

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    1. I hope you won! It is a great feeling when you triumph over the obstacle. Popovers are a nice change from regular bread....not that anything is wrong it them! :)

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  9. Ha! Ha! Story of my life. . .we always have the best of intentions to get a gazillion things done. ..but the obstacles always seem to be never ending (I have a half done cake in my kitchen right now. . .and had to make a last minute dish to the 7 Eleven for paper towels).

    On the positive side. . .you got a full day off (and managed to accomplish tons). . .and the popovers became reality (even if they were a day later than planned). Well. . .it was worth the delay because they look absolutely scrumptious. As a matter of fact. . .I am already dreaming about all the delicious little morsels I can stuff into those bad boys.

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    1. Oh, it stinks to have to run out halfway through...and for paper towels of all things! It's always a treat to get a free day, but I think spending it on a comfy couch watching some of my favorite movies sounds awesome. I want to try that one day! You've got me interested in what you would stuff in the popovers. I'm sure they would be scrumptious!

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  10. Oh yum! I've never made popovers before. The garlic herb cheese flavor sounds especially good!

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    1. I think you would like popovers, Christin, and it's fun to watch them rise!

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  11. I'm so sorry about your ice cream failure! I've worked with ice cream as supporting player so far, but I already know how finicky it is. However, you pulled out a great save with the popovers. They look awesome! I love popovers, though I make mine in a muffin tin. They don't get quite so high, but they are still tasty. :)

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    1. Thank you, Annmarie! It's a good thing ice cream tastes so dang good otherwise I would have given up working with them a long time ago! You are so right: popovers are yummy no matter what shape they take!

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  12. These popovers look divine, Thao. Just love how beautifully they are bursting with so many awesome flavors. No one can say no to these gems.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Anu! Hope you had a good Valentine's Day!

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  13. The popovers look great and flavorful!!!

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