Homemade Popovers Recipe

Posted on Feb 27 2013 - 12:01am by Demelza Young

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This is one of my dad’s favorite recipes, as popovers remind him of his childhood.  Popovers are kind of like a roll or a muffin, only much lighter.  They’re hollow in the middle and have a crispy outer shell.  You can bake them in a popover pan, like mine (I received one for Christmas a few years ago…funny, how several of the kitchen items I’ve acquired over the years are for things I normally wouldn’t bake for myself, eh?), or simply use a muffin pan.  Popovers have a slight eggy taste, and are delicious with butter or jam; cheese; or even garlic, basil, oregano, and parmesan.  They’re best when served hot from the oven, but given how popular they are leftovers shouldn’t be a problem (mine didn’t last more than a couple of hours in the kitchen before they’d all been devoured).

Another great thing about popovers is that, while they look like they’d be difficult to make, they’re actually very easy!  They use only a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.  Like my recipe for chocolate donuts, this one also comes from King Arthur Flour.

Popovers Recipe


  • 4 Large Eggs Room Temperature or warmed for 10 minutes in warm water
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk Lukewarm
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour or Bread Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Melted Butter


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Position a rack on a lower shelf. The tops of popovers, when fully risen, should reach about midway up the oven. If they’re too close to the top of the oven, they’ll burn.
  2. Grease your popover pan thoroughly (nonstick spray is fine), covering both the area between the cups as well as the cups themselves. If you don’t own a popover pan, then you may use a standard metal 12-cup muffin tin, whose cups are about 2.5″ wide x 1.5″ deep. Make sure the oven is up to temperature before you begin to make the popover batter.

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  3. Using a wire whisk, beat together the eggs, milk, and salt. Whisk until well combined and no streaks of yolk are showing.

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  4. Add the flour all at once, beating with a whisk until the batter is frothy. It’s okay to have smaller lumps in your batter, but there shouldn’t be any large ones.

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  5. Stir in the melted butter, combining quickly.
  6. Pour batter into muffin/popover cups, filling each about 2/3 to ¾ of the way full.

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  7. Ensure that your oven is at 450°F, and then place the pan on a lower oven shelf
  8. Bake for 20 minutes WITHOUT opening the oven door. Reduce heat to 350°F (again, DO NOT open oven door), then bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Popovers should be a deep, golden brown. If they seem to be browning too quickly, you can position an oven rack at the very top of the oven and place a cookie sheet on it to shield the popovers’ tops from direct heat.

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    Note 1: If you plan on serving the popovers immediately, remove them from the oven and stick the top of each popover with the tip of a knife in order to release steam and help prevent sogginess. Note 2: You may bake the popovers for an additional 5 minutes to hold their shape longer without deflating and settling quite as much, IF you can do so without them becoming too dark. This will make them a bit sturdier, and able to hold their “popped” shape a little longer.


Demelza Young is a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Her current plans are to attend graduate school and to study clinical psychology in the hopes of one day working with eating disordered patients.

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  1. Monique Seibel February 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm -

    These are so cute! It looks like it would be complicated but it actually sounds quite easy to make.
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  2. Melody February 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm -

    I've heard of popovers, but I've never tried them before.  I think I'm going to have to try them now!  Thanks for the recipe!
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  3. Nicoyle February 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm -

    This is something different that I haven't seen. Looks really easy to do too. May have to give this a try one dayl.
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  4. Samantha February 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm -

    Those look DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  5. Amanda February 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm -

    Those are so cool and they look delicious! I have never seen anything like them before. 

  6. Holly Waterfall February 27, 2013 at 8:58 pm -

    I've never tried popovers but have always wanted to. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Spencer February 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm -

    I’ve never heard of popovers but they sound really good. Can you fill the hollow centers because you could possibly make mini pot pies if you could and that sounds good.

  8. Jo February 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm -

    I was waiting for you to upload this! *pins it* 😀

  9. Jenn February 28, 2013 at 6:39 am -

    These look delicious

  10. veronica lee February 28, 2013 at 10:45 am -

    Yummmmm!!!  They look really delish!

  11. Garf February 28, 2013 at 11:40 am -

    looks really yummy…thanks for the recipe

  12. Jennifer February 28, 2013 at 11:55 am -

    Haven't had a popover in a while. May just have to make these :-)

  13. maria @close to home February 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm -

    pinned this thanks for sharing

  14. Pam February 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm -

    I have never heard of a popover pan before. These do look delicious and simple to make.

  15. Nikki February 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm -

    Definitely going to have to make these, my husband would love them. Thank you for sharing the recipe! :)
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  16. natalie andrews February 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm -

    Yummy.  I have never made them myself before.  Maybe I will have to give it a try.

  17. Nickida March 1, 2013 at 10:23 am -

    Those look yummy.  I need to give it a try.
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  18. Nicole Becker March 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm -

    I always thought that these were hard to make. It looks so easy and delicious!!

  19. Rich Hicks March 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm -

    I cant wait to try these.  Look so tasty and not too hard to prepare!

  20. Mary W. March 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm -

    These sound really yummy.  I think I will make them this weekend.  Thanks for the recipe

  21. Michelle S March 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm -

    I love that muffin tin! But this recipe sounds good a quick breakfest on the go option.

  22. debbie campbell March 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm -

    These look really delicious; going to try them tomorrow.

  23. Jennifer McLean March 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm -

    these look much like yorkshire pudding. I love them, I'll try this recipe and fiddle and see if I can make is gluten free. Crossing fingers, I haven't had Yorkshire pud for a long time!

  24. Mendy Dinsmore March 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm -

    My Mother in law received a pop over pan as a gift.  She has tried several times to make them, but they never turn out right.  I am going to give her your recipe and see if she can make them and they pop up and over. :)  Thanks for sharing.

  25. Peggy Greco March 3, 2013 at 1:23 am -

    These look fun to make and to eat. I love baking!

  26. San March 3, 2013 at 6:03 am -

    I've never heard about popovers before, but it looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Darlene Ysaguirre March 3, 2013 at 10:40 am -

    Me and baking anything never really works out to well but this seems simply enough i just might be able to give it a shot 

  28. Kelly Tanner March 3, 2013 at 10:58 am -

    I have never heard of Popovers but they look great! I have pinned it to my Pinterest, thanks!

  29. Susan Bewley March 3, 2013 at 11:50 am -

    I hope you enjoy them! We have them most holidays and they are sooo yummy!

  30. Susan Bewley March 3, 2013 at 11:55 am -

    They are very easy to make. The trick is just not opening the oven too soon!

  31. lisa March 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm -

    I've never tried them. Sounds easy enough to make.

  32. Pam March 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm -

    These sound wonderful and they look like a lot of fun to make.  Can't wait to try out the recipe.

  33. Heidi March 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm -

    These look delicious and not too hard to make.  I am going to try them this week.  Thank you.

  34. Jennie Yuen March 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm -

    Looks so delicious. I gotta gry these someday!
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  35. Tara L March 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm -

    Never heard of popovers before they look quite tasty looking.

  36. Raeanna Cierocke March 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm -

    These look really good and easy to make. I'm definietely going to have to try to make these soon and see how good they taste. I'm sure others in my house wouldn't mind trying them either.

  37. Judy L March 4, 2013 at 12:02 am -

    I.'ve seen popovers made  on TV, but this  recipe looks  doable.  Thanks for the tip at the end – I would probably have ended up with flat popovers andd steam burns.


  38. Heather McD March 4, 2013 at 12:09 am -

    Those look so delicious!  I have never heard of popovers before. 

  39. Megan Blumenthal March 4, 2013 at 1:47 am -

    I love making these. They are so easy and delicious. 

  40. sam dock March 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm -

    I love popovers, my mom makes some super amazing ones!

  41. ne-knopka March 7, 2013 at 8:41 am -

    Look delicious !

  42. susan March 7, 2013 at 10:55 am -

    this looks complicated but worth it! thanks for the recipe

  43. Susan Alban March 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm -

    Wow great recipe! I can't wait to try it out. I have never made popovers before and they look so tasty

  44. Melissa S March 9, 2013 at 10:53 pm -

    I've never made my own before, but I have tried them, thanks for the recipe I will give it a try.

  45. kisha cotton March 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm -

    this looks yummy! im gonna have to try it

  46. Agnes O. March 13, 2013 at 10:53 am -

    My husband LOVES popovers. I'll have to show him this recipe.

  47. Holly Uhler March 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm -

    !! Just reading this recipe made my mouth water and my stomach growl!

  48. Wanda Tracey April 4, 2013 at 8:59 pm -

    Your pop-overs look amazing and I will be trying your recipe.I have made them before and we really enjoy them with roast beef and gravy.

  49. Susan Bewley April 5, 2013 at 9:00 am -

    I will tell Demi! THat will really make her day :)

  50. Maria Iemma April 15, 2013 at 11:55 am -

    I've never made Pop overs but I am going to give your recipe a try since I have all the ingredients – wish me luck!

  51. Elle Briarson April 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm -

    Thanks for the recipe! I know my family will LOVE these! YUM!

  52. Julie G. April 29, 2013 at 8:41 am -

    I actually think I could make these.  Thanks for making it look so simple to create!

  53. Susan Bewley April 29, 2013 at 11:30 am -

    Demi is great at making cooking look so easy!

  54. Maria Iemma May 10, 2013 at 8:54 am -

    I have never made popovers but I love them. The recipe does not look difficult. I may just make them!

  55. Dianna Thomas May 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm -

    I haven't made these in years—we love them–guess I'm lazy– but they look so good that I am going to be making these tomorrow for lunch–thanks for the reminder of how good these are

  56. Lauren M May 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm -

    This sounds so delicious!! Definitely going to have to make these one day!

  57. marissa lee June 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm -

    I;ve never heard of popovers…i need to try these…thank you for sharing

  58. Carissa Joslyn June 20, 2013 at 7:59 am -

    These look good! I've never tried one before. whats the difference from a Turnover and a popover? haha I honestly have no idea! I'm not the best "cook" in the world. :p 

  59. md kennedy July 19, 2013 at 7:09 am -

    I've nver made popovers but I remember eating them as a ki when we went to an "old fashioned" restaurant in Massachusetts and they were served with Roast Beef – classic supper!  Your recipe looks easy, and I have a large-size muffin pan that may work, so I'll give them a try myself for old time's sake!

  60. Happily Southern July 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm -

    That looks really good. We might try it sometime soon.

  61. D Johnson August 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm -

    Oh…it's been forever since I've had a popover! Going to bookmark and attempt to make them at some point.

  62. Lilly August 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm -

    Wow these look so cute gonna have to try it ty :)

  63. Sherry August 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm -

    I've never tried to make popovers before but I can't wait to try these.

  64. Stephanie H February 17, 2014 at 7:56 am -

    I have always wanted to try popovers, but I haven't come across an easier recipe until now. Thank you!

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