Last March my husband and I spent a few days in Portsmouth, NH with no purpose other than explore a place close to home where we had never spent any significant time. While there we found a nice breakfast place named Popovers on the Square which had, among many other tasty things, really nice popovers.


Christmas morning I woke up with a desire for some popovers. Luckily the ingredients are pretty basic, we own a popover pan and my go to cookbook, Joy of Cooking, has a simple recipe. So here is a simple treat for you to enjoy.

Servings: 6 popovers
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Grease a popover tin.
  2. Mix together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, eggs and melted butter.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the flour and salt. Mix until it is just coming together. It’s OK to see a few lumps in the batter. Think brownie batter; you don’t need an entirely smooth batter here either.
  5. Split the batter evenly among the cups on the popover pan. Don’t fill the cups more 2/3s of the way full.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Reduce the oven temp to 350°F and bake for another 20 minutes.
  8. Take the popovers out of the oven, removing from the pan to a cooling rack and let sit for 5 minutes for so.
  9. Enjoy as is or gild the lily with a bit of butter and whatever jelly, jam or marmalade suits your fancy.

I wrote a short review of Popovers on the Square back in March. It can be found here.

The Joy of Cooking recipe suggests you can use a 12-cup muffin pan if you don’t have a popover pan. Haven’t tried it that way but it is worth a try sometime.

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