Blender Popovers – Half White Whole Wheat!

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Do you have a recipe or two that’s good in a pinch?  Maybe something that uses simple ingredients.  Or that that rounds out dinner (when you’re out of everything).  How about blender popovers?  Delicious, family pleasing—and (truly), a snap. 

Blender popovers bake while you prepare the rest of the meal and are easy, tasty and healthier with half while whole wheat flour!

Blender Popovers

Now that I’ve made blender popovers a few times, I can share my techniques for success—and for healthier popovers.  My recipe uses half white whole wheat flour! 

Now I will issue one caveat on my “a snap” comment.  On occasion, you may get funny looking popovers. One time I had a batch that rose on two sides with a canyon in the middle—like a herd of craggy mountain goats.  Yes, they were ugly–but delicious!  

Blender popovers bake while you prepare the rest of the meal and are easy, tasty and healthier with half while whole wheat flour!

Blender Popovers in a bowl

Imperfect puffing actually generates a lot of discussion on the internet around the exact right way to make a popover.  It’s kind of like being in the room with a bunch superstitious football fanatics.  “You wore the team hat last game, not the jersey—aarrgghh.” 

Blender popovers bake while you prepare the rest of the meal and are easy, tasty and healthier with half while whole wheat flour!

Fill cups about 3/4 full

One argument centers around the filling height of the cups.  Here I am convinced that you need to go fuller– about ¾ full.  My mountain goat popovers (and other ugly but tasty popovers) were from half full cups. Next discussion is around greasing—I have had success greasing the pan with Pam, butter (seemed to get a bit browner), or not at all (non-stick pan), so I ignore those discussions. 

Next up is the question of pre-warming your popover pan.  I have succeeded with both hot and cool pans, and since working with a room temperature pan is safer, that is what I recommend. Warming ingredients is a “requirement” I haven’t challenged—I don’t warm my eggs, but I get my milk above room temperature so that will bring my eggs up (this will probably be tested in my next batch). 

Blender popovers bake while you prepare the rest of the meal and are easy, tasty and healthier with half while whole wheat flour!

Blender Popovers out of the oven

Finally, (almost) everyone says don’t open the oven door.  I am just inclined to trust them on this.  And because I have zero willpower, as soon as I put the popovers in, I turn on the oven light for peeking with the door closed. 

Blender popovers bake while you prepare the rest of the meal and are easy, tasty and healthier with half while whole wheat flour!

Blender Popovers

My recipe is (mostly) from King Arthur.  I substituted half white whole wheat flour (when I tested with regular whole wheat, it changed the flavor too much).  Then I added just a little sugar and vanilla to try to counter any bitterness in the whole wheat.   

Blender popovers bake while you prepare the rest of the meal and are easy, tasty and healthier with half while whole wheat flour!

Blended Popover closeup

Finally, I mix everything in the blender.  (Martha Stewart says hand whisking yields better results, but Martha raises her own chickens, so…) 

Yup, blender popovers are easier that making a loaf of bread.  And bake while you prepare the rest of the meal. That’s a win any night! 

Blender popovers bake while you prepare the rest of the meal and are easy, tasty and healthier with half while whole wheat flour!

Blender Popovers on the table

Blender Popovers
Yields 6
Blender popovers bake while you prepare the rest of the meal and are easy, tasty and healthier with half while whole wheat flour!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
247 calories
29 g
114 g
10 g
8 g
6 g
127 g
260 g
5 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
127g
Yields
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247
Calories from Fat 93
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
16%
Saturated Fat 6g
28%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 114mg
38%
Sodium 260mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 29g
10%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
9%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. • 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  3. • ½ teaspoon salt
  4. • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  5. • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  6. • 3 extra-large eggs
  7. • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  8. • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Position oven rack in the bottom of the oven (to reduce risk of over-browning).
  2. Mix flours (spoon and level to measure--you don't want a heavy batter), salt and sugar in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until just warm to the touch.
  4. Blend milk, eggs and vanilla in a blender until frothy.
  5. Add flour and blend until well combined. Add butter and blend again.
  6. Spray popover (or muffin pan--see note) pan with non-stick spray and fill cups about 3/4 full.
  7. Bake on lowest oven rack position for 20 minutes at 450F, then lower heat to 350. Bake an additional 10-20 minutes until brown and very set (may vary by popover size). Do not open the oven (unless they are going to burn, then slide a cookie sheet into a rack above and start at 425 F next try).
  8. Remove from oven and take out of pan immediately. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. Makes 12 small popovers or 6 large--serving size is 2 small or 1 large. Many people use muffin pans rather than popover pans with good results, though if you are a popover fan, the pan can be a good investment.
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protein
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13 Comments

  1. You aren’t going to believe this but I just had my popover pan in my hands! I thought, I need to make popovers soon! Thank you for this, Inger – I will probably make them with all white flour because I have no white wheat on hand.

    • I was good with the all purpose flour, David, until I realized how often I was making them! I should ask you if you start with warm ingredients–if not, I can eliminate my next test 😉

  2. I need to get a new popover pan. Your pictures just made me want making them again. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • I got mine at TJ Maxx for a great price. I kept my eyes open there for a couple years to get a few pans to serve a crowd (or my immediate family when they’re really hungry)!

  3. I’ve been wanting to make popovers for a while now, these look delicious Inger!

  4. i haven’t made those in years. They are a great idea.

    • I hadn’t done them in a long time either Tammy. I was glad to get something in the blog that I can reference if I have another big gap (which may happen when the kids go back to school–I can’t believe how much they eat!).

  5. Popovers! One of my favorite things. What a super idea to use whole wheat flour as well as apf. They look marvelous, Inger!

  6. These look good! Easy too. Perfect.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

  7. This looks so darn good!

  8. i know that it’s futile to try to make popovers without a popover pan, so i’ve never tried! they always look SO good, though!

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