Monday, February 1, 2010

Perfect Gluten Free Popovers Recipe

I remember the first time I had popovers as a little girl. I was reading the Winnie the Pooh cookbook and I begged my mom to make them. I don't remember how they turned out, but I definitely remember reading the book and being in awe over Piglet's popovers.

I made popovers several times before I went gluten free and I remember them being "okay", but nothing spectacular.

But these gluten free popovers? Oh my goodness they are SO delicious. Light, airy, and crispy to the touch on the outside with a lucious warm custard on the inside. They are similar in taste to pancakes, but have such a wonderful crisp texture and flavor. We like them best right out of the oven hot and steaming... but they are also delicious with casein free margarine and jam.

Either way, I think if you make these once... you'll be hooked.

You can certainly buy a popover pan which would yield much higher rising popovers... but it isn't necessary. They are just as delicious short in a muffin pan! There are several things you can do to make your popovers rise higher:
  • Get your muffin or popover pan HOT before you add the batter. I actually just add my muffin pan to the oven as it's heating, so it gets REALLY hot before I add the batter.
  • Use eggs that are at room temperature. The colder the eggs the less rise you'll have on the popovers. I'll pull my eggs out of the fridge about an hour before I plan on making them.
  • If possible use a blender to mix your batter. Blend it by pulsing it just for about 30 seconds. Do not overbeat your batter. You don't want the structure of the eggs to break down. If you use a blender for about 20-30 seconds, you'll get just enough air added into the eggs to create a great rise on your popovers!
  • Do not open the oven for a full 25 minutes while baking!
  • Pierce your popovers with a knife as soon as they come out of the oven to release the steam. This will help the popovers to keep their height.
But no matter how your popovers come out, whether they are short and stocky or highly risen... they are incredibly tasty either way. These have become our favorite breakfast bread. Enjoy these easy popovers for breakfast, with your dinner, or just because!

Perfect Gluten Free Popovers
By: Carrie Forbes @
Gluten Free, Casein Free, Soy Free

4 eggs at room temperature
1 cup casein free milk (I use vanilla hemp milk)
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup all purpose gluten free flour mix (see below)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place your muffin tin or popover pan in the oven to get very hot. In your blender add eggs, milk, and honey. Blend for about 10 seconds just to break the eggs and mix together. Add the flour and salt and blend another 20-30 seconds just until batter is incorporated and bubbly. When oven has preheated, remove hot pan with oven mitt. Spritz muffin cups or popover cups with non-stick cooking spray or brush with olive oil. Pour batter in hot muffin cups 2/3 full. Place pan immediately in hot oven and cook for 25 minutes and DO NOT OPEN the oven during that time. You want a completely draft free baking period! Remove the popovers from the oven after 25 minutes. Prick them with a fork or a knife to release the steam. Eat immediately plain or with casein free margarine and fruit jam!

All purpose gluten free flour mix:
2 cups white rice flour
2/3 cup potato starch
1/3 cup arrowroot starch (or cornstarch)

Mix together and store in an airtight container. Makes 3 cups of all purpose gluten free flour. This is a very starchy, low fiber gluten free flour mix, that is not necessarily healthy. But it does work well in recipes like this that need less dense flours for a light and airy end product!

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This was the bottom of one of Michael's popovers this morning.
He said he felt guilty eating it because it had personality! :-P
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