Troubleshooting popovers

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      I have a friend trying to make popovers but they are not rising. Never having made popovers I have no idea what could go wrong. I did ask about his baking powder and he said it is about three months old so that should be okay.

      What else can he check?


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      Mike Nolan

        Whose recipe is he using that has baking powder? Steam and the eggs are usually the rising agents in popovers. I use the recipe in the King Arthur Baking Companion:

        3 eggs (sometimes I use 4)
        1 1/2 cups milk (Usually 1%)
        6 1/4 ounces AP flour
        1/2 teaspoon salt
        4 TB unsalted butter (though I find 3 is sufficient in the batter, I use the 4th TB to grease the heated pan.)

        Best to let it hydrate for an hour or so.

        Maybe his oven isn't hot enough, for the mini-popover pan I do 20 minutes at 400 and then 20-22 minutes at 300.

        I haven't tried to keto-friendly this recipe yet, at 11+ carbs/popover (12 mini popovers per recipe) that's probably desirable. Like potato chips, it's hard to eat just one popover.


          My sister in law gave me a recipe that calls for skim milk. I have it at home. They always come out good. I guess fat is not the problem for the keto diet.


            I am not sure about his recipe. I will ask, including why he is using baking powder. Maybe I'll try making them with him.

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