Friday, June 5, 2015

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen #118: Popovers

Time for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen
(A weekly linky to share what you and your children have created in the kitchen.)


The linky is at the bottom.

I have to admit, I had never heard of popovers before. We have a book that we borrowed from the library called, Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook For Preschoolers & Up written by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson. When the older girls were teaching their siblings on Wednesday, Hannah wanted Tabitha to read this book to her. Yes, they were reading a cookbook. They were flipping through looking at all the tasty recipes. Tabitha kept coming up to me so I could see each recipe. Of course, they wanted to make many of them. I told them they needed to choose one, and it had to be one where we had all the ingredients. As we were having chicken for dinner, I thought the popovers would go well, and they agreed. Therefore, today I bring you

Tabitha, Hannah and a Mom in the Kitchen

2 Tbs butter, melted
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt

The girls did most of the work, as I supervised. 

Tabitha cut off 2 tbs of butter to be melted for greasing the  muffin cups. I did put it in the microwave as our crock pot was sitting there cooking our chicken.

The girls cracked the eggs into our medium mixing bowl. I didn't realize how good Hannah was getting at cracking eggs.

They beat the eggs and Tabitha measured out the milk.

Hannah added the milk to the eggs.

They took turns beating the eggs and milk. Mommy did take a turn to show them how to get them properly beat.

They then added the flour and the salt.

The batter was again whisked until well blended.

Tabitha and I poured the batter into the greased muffin cups.  We used a 1/4 cup measuring cup and filled the cups about 1/2 full.

Unfortunately, there was only enough batter for 10 muffins, though the book said it would make a dozen. 

These are to be baked in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes without opening the oven. Unfortunately, our oven picks inappropriate times to work incorrectly. It will come to temperature and then start cooling off while the food is in. So, we ended up cooking these for longer once the oven came back to temperature. I don't think they were quite right, as I looked at a picture on Google and they should have been darker. But we enjoyed them with butter during our meal. I guess that is what is important. We are going to try again though. 

Now, I thought our oven not heating properly was responsible for the weird shape of the popovers, seeing as the cookbook doesn't share photographs of the food. However, I discovered this is the normal shape when I was checking out the recipe on Google.


1- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2- Melt butter in microwave on medium heat for about 30 seconds. Careful, it will be hot.
3- Brush the insides of muffin cups with melted butter.
4- Break eggs into mixing bowl, whisk and add milk, whisking again.
5- Add flour and salt. Whisk until well-blended. Don't worry about a few lumps though.
6- Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour batter into muffin cups. 
7- Bake for 30 minutes without opening the oven. 
8- Remove from pan and prick with fork to let steam escape. (We didn't have to worry about the pricking step as our popovers stuck to the pan so as I was taking them out they broke up a bit. I believe the stuck because I used a paper towel to put the butter in as I don't have a pastry brush. Someone thought the one I had was a paint brush a while ago, and we haven't purchased a new one yet.)
9- These were delicious with butter. The author of the book also recommends jam or maple syrup. We will have to try those toppings next time we make them.

Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?

I'd love to see your posts, whether you have done something this week or some time in the past. Just link up below. This is a weekly linky.

I am linking up to:
PhotobucketMore the Merrier MondayFull Time Mama

Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Try a New Recipe Tuesday at Home to Four Kiddos
The Gathering Spot at Mamal Diane
Friday Food Frenzy at Close to Home
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Foodie Friends Friday at Robyn'sView
Family Fun Friday at Happy and Blessed Home

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