light as clouds: popovers


I’m back from my trip back to my hometown of London, Ontario. My mom underwent a pretty serious surgery and I wanted to be there to give my mom a hug before the surgery and be there for her and the rest our family afterwards. Between trips to the hospital, I cleaned the house and cooked meals and froze a bunch as well so that my mom wouldn’t have to worry about anything when she returned back home. My mom was in amazing spirits the whole time and laughed and sang and shared all of her favorite memories with us. The surgery went well and while things will remain difficult, I flew back to Vancouver with a renewed sense of strength and love for the ol’ family clan. Thank you so much for all of your well wishes and thoughts!

And now that I’m back in my own kitchen, I’ve been cooking up a storm…rescuing my husband for over a week of take-out pizza. This morning, I decided to make popovers for breakfast. I grew up eating yorkshire puddings for Sunday roast beef dinners but never imagined that those yorkshire puddings went by another name or that one could eat them for breakfast! What a fool I was! Popovers are impressive and simple to make which makes them ideal for long weekend brunch fare in August. Cornelius declared them light as clouds and requested that we make another batch. And while they may be light as clouds texture-wise, they are baked up in quite a bit of grease, so I passed on making a second batch to keep our waistlines in check. We served these with homemade preserves and it made for an elegant and special Sunday breakfast.

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26 comments to “light as clouds: popovers”

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    Joanne   August 5, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Oh Jeannette – welcome back!!
    I missed you and your blog… :)
    I’m glad to hear that things went well with your mom and now you are back home and in full swing with your culinary talents :) :)

    This morning I woke up and had a craving for buckwheat pancakes. We had Bob’s Red Mill buckwheat pancake mix and the other pancake ingredients but had no canola oil for frying…so I never did get my pancakes after all. I have never had popovers before and these sound really tasty. I think I would be inclined to eat the whole batch which might not be such a good thing in the long run. After all, I do have to be able to fit into my bikini in September where I’ll be frolicking on the beach in Santorini….yee-haw!!

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    Helios   August 5, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Glad to hear all went well. Best wishes for your mom’s recovery.

    And I might just have to try a popover one day soon – they do look yummy. :)

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    Bellini Valli   August 5, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Jeannette….Glad to hear that your mom is on the mend. I also grew up with Yorkshire puddings as a kid. I omitted the gravy in those days and opted for just butter. My mom would bake them in one large pan. I have still been unable to master popovers despite my best efforts and suggestions from others. But yours sure look “light as a cloud”!!

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    VeggieGirl   August 5, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    glad to hear that your mother’s surgery went well – that’s so great that you were able to be by her side, to help her get through it. those popovers are cute, haha :0)

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    Dawna   August 5, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Oh, popovers! What fun. I haven’t made those in AGES. I want some now!

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    Kristen   August 5, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    I am glad you are back. I am really sorry to hear about your mom. You are a great daughter to put everything on hold to be there for your family. I am sure you make your mom very proud!

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    Sarena Shasteen   August 6, 2007 at 7:04 am

    I am sorry to hear that your mom had to have surgery! I know that is rough, but I am sure she loved having you around to help take care of her! It is nice to see you back in action in your kitchen. The popovers look so great!

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    Patricia Scarpin   August 6, 2007 at 7:29 am

    It’s wonderful to know your mom is well!!

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    Meghan   August 6, 2007 at 7:58 am

    just stumbled onto your blog… i love it.

    i’ve never made a popover OR a yorkshire pudding but have always dreamt about eating them! you’ve got me convinced!

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    Lora   August 6, 2007 at 9:45 am

    I love popovers as well but I have to say, I’ve never made them the way I always read the recipes. I always just spray the pan with a vegetable spray (like Pam…is that in Canada, too? I have no idea) and I’ve never once preheated the pan before adding the batter. They turn out perfect every time! And using the spray helps cut down on the grease factor.

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    eatme_delicious   August 6, 2007 at 10:12 am

    That’s great to hear that your mom’s surgery went well. :)

    I also grew up eating yorkshire puddings with roast beef dinner (though of course now I just eat the yorkshires and other things). I never thought to eat them for breakfast either. That sounds like it could become a dangerous addiction! Yours look beautiful.

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    kickpleat   August 6, 2007 at 11:09 am

    thanks joanne, it’s good to be back! popovers are good…but they are best in moderation ;)

    dawna, i hope this gives you the incentive!

    thanks helios…they are yummy.

    thank you valli…yorkshire puddings with just butter! you should give them another try…i’m surprised to find out just how easy they are.

    thanks veggiegirl! cute and delicious :)

    thank you kristen, it was great to be at my mom’s side and it made her so happy that i was there.

    sarena, it’s good to be back in my pint-sized kitchen!

    thanks, patricia!

    meghan, make some and i promise that you’ll want to eat them all up at once. they are that good!

    lora, that’s a great tip! yes, we’ve got pam spray in canada but i’ve never bought it. good to know that it works with popovers!

    thanks eatme! i know, who knew that yorkshire puddings could be so tasty with jam! they are :)

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    Kit   August 6, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Glad to hear that your mom is doing well.

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    Lindsay   August 6, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    As soon as I saw this recipe, I had to go into the kitchen and make them… and we just ate them all up – some with jam, some with cheese & tomato on top. So good! How did yours rise so much? Mine ended up more flat on top, which wasn’t nearly as pretty.

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    Judy   August 6, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    I have never, in my 25 years, had either a yorkshire pudding or a popover. You make them look pretty good tempting though!

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    Anonymous   August 6, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Mmmm… my mom also made yorkshires for Sunday dinner. She made a big pan instead of individuals, and used the fat from the roast pan instead of butter. Delicious!
    …Anne L.

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    Lydia   August 6, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    Welcome back! I blog-missed you. Check out my blog, I copied your cake. (Imitation is…)

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    Powerfille (Get it?)   August 7, 2007 at 4:32 am

    With jam..YUM! (Welcome back!)

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    dynagrrl   August 7, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Glad to see you back!!!

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    May M   August 7, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    My very good friend just sent me an e-mail about your blog. I look forward to reading more entries!

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    Keli B.   August 8, 2007 at 11:27 am

    i came across your blog by randomly searching blogger,(a habbit some of my friends call ‘creepy’)!!! i love reading your blog, and just thought i’d let you know! and i can’t wait to try the popovers!

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    wendy   August 8, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Yum! I want to come to brunch at your house. Those look delish.

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    Sara   August 9, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Hope your Mom is doing well. Glad to see you back and thanks for the popover recipe, I’ve always wanted to try them.

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    aria   August 9, 2007 at 8:49 am

    omygoodness how simple and beutiful! i have strawberries that need a home. i might just try this later on, YUMS!

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    kickpleat   August 9, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    thank you kit!

    lindsay, that’s awesome that you made them! i have no idea why mine rose the way they did.

    that cake rocks, lydia! thanks for blog-missin’ :)

    judy, tempting isn’t even the right word for it. you’ve got to make them now!

    anon, yes, my mom made yorkshire puddings with the beef fat and they were so good…i just didn’t think beef fat would be good for breakfast ;)

    thanks powerfille…jam, of course!

    dynagrrl, it’s good to be back :)

    thanks may, i hope you stay awhile!

    nothing too creepy about that keli! thanks for the nice words :)

    anytime, wendy.

    let me know if you try them, aria. they’d be great with fresh strawberries.

    popovers rock, sara! give ‘em a go.

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    jenn   August 13, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Glad to hear things went well with your mom. I wish her a speedy recovery! Love your blog :) Missed ya!

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