|Easy to Make and Fun to Serve|
Recipes by Philippa and Mom
As the years go by, I appreciate my cousins more and more. Most are far away but remain close to my heart. A few years back, after a 30-year hiatus, I visited my cousin/godfather Dick, and Philippa, his wife of nearly 50 years, in Pennsylvania. Both had inspired my early study of music by their interest and by their own musicianship. Amongst the catching up, Philippa whipped up the most amazing meals, including a light and airy popover pancake for breakfast one morning. She assured me that it was easy to make. It didn’t seem possible that its puffy, soufflé like proportions could be easily duplicated. But surprisingly this impressive dish takes little time and effort and uses few ingredients.
|Serve with Strawberries, Maple Syrup, or Both|
|Every Bite a Triumph of Flavor and Texture|
|Oven Monster or Popover Pancake Baking?|
Expect to hear some ooohs and ahhhhs when you present the popover pancake at the table. Don’t be surprised if diners ask for seconds. Let us know in a comment how you and yours like the giant popover, or if you have some fun topping ideas.
|Fun Food for All Ages|
serves 6 - 8
1/3 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/8 tsp. salt
Double recipe of strawberry sauce
Make the strawberry sauce ahead of time or during the time when the popover pancake is baking. You will need 2 pints of strawberries and sweetener to taste.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Put butter into 9” x 13” pan. You may use a round 3½ - 4 quart pan as long as the sides measure 2” or less.
Beat eggs in a medium bowl with a pouring spout. Beat in milk. Beat in flour and salt, using a hand rotary mixer or stand mixer, until batter is consistent and lumps are gone.
Put pan in oven and melt butter. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn. Slosh butter around in pan to melt evenly if necessary. A little browning of the butter is okay. This will take 3 – 5 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and pour in batter quickly and evenly. Immediately return pan to oven.
Bake until puffed and evenly brown, 20 – 30 minutes. Check at 10 minutes and rotate 180 degrees if one side is rising faster than the other. Check at 20 minutes and bake longer as needed.
Remove from oven. Spoon on strawberry sauce and cut into pieces. Serve with warm maple syrup.
|Spoon on Strawberries|
|Cut and Serve|