One of our favorite series is Mr. Putter and Tabby by Cynthia Rylant. The characters are well formed and the stories are a delight to read. I would highly encourage anyone who hasn’t read these books to read them, and anyone who has read a few to read all of them.
One of our weekly traditions was inspired by this series. After reading about Mr. Putter making popovers, we decided to try to make one ourselves. It sounded good in the book, and I wanted to eat one. We experimented with the recipe to add different flavors such as blueberries and chocolate chips. We even tried making a chocolate chocolate chip popover.
We also had to adjust the recipe in terms of the base ingredients when I became lactose intolerant in 2013. Milk is one of the main ingredients, but we have experimented with almond milk, coconut milk, and buttermilk as well. I wouldn’t recommend almond milk.
Our sons decided they liked the chocolate chip popover the best. We thought since they liked it so much, we would make it every Sunday morning to highlight the fact that in our family Sunday is a feast day. It has become a tradition now that we have had in our family for over 3 years.
Our sons still look forward to eating popover every Sunday morning and we have even had to increase the ingredients now that our youngest son is eating too. My sons even help me make the popover on occasion, which can be an interesting experience. They have become excellent egg breakers though.
I am sharing the recipe we use below and encouraging readers to try it out!
Chocolate Chip Popover
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 eggs (can be replaced with 4 tablespoons of flaxseed and 12 tablespoons of lukewarm water if you can’t have or don’t have enough eggs; chill before adding)
- 1 cup buttermilk (can be replaced with milk or coconut milk)
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 2 tbsp of butter in the batter
- 2 tbsp of butter in the pan
Heat oven to 425 °F
Melt butter in iron skillet (or pan that can go into the oven). Then add batter to skillet and keep under medium heat for a minute or two (just enough time to add chocolate chips or fruit or nuts). Finally place in oven and cook for 15 minutes or until edges brown.
Feel free to comment if you try out the recipe or have any questions