I had honestly never heard of these until I saw the recipe in Williams-Sonoma Bread. When I saw the side note, it made me want to go and buy the special pans, but seeing as how I had never even heard of these, I decided to just use my muffin pans. They still got a really nice shape to them, so I don't really think having the special pans is completely necessary.

"POPOVER PANS: While you can use a muffin tin or ceramic dishes to make crusty, hollow popovers, deep nonstick popover cups give more room for the crown to expand properly into a dramatic dome. The dark-finish cups are available individually or connected in a frame-style pan with 6 standard or 12 miniature cups."

*makes 6 large or 12 small popovers*

3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
1/4 tsp salt
butter, jam, apple butter, and/or preserves for serving

1) Have ready a standard 6-cup or miniature 12-cup popover pan, a 12-cup muffin pan, or 12 individual 3 1/2-inch soufflé dishes. Lightly grease the pan or dishes with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter. If using individual cups or dishes, place them, not touching, on a baking sheet.
2) In a deep bowl (preferably with a pouring spout), whisk together the eggs, milk, and the remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter until foamy. Beat in the flour and salt until smooth. Do not overmix. The batter should be thin. Fill each prepared cup two-thirds full with the batter.
3) Place the pan(s) on the center rack of a cold oven and immediately turn the temperature to 375F. Bake the popovers until they are puffed high, deep golden brown, and dry to the touch, 35-45 minutes for standard-sized popovers and about 25 minutes for miniature popovers. Do not open the oven door for the first 30 minutes of baking, or the popovers may not rise fully.
4) Remove the pan(s) from the oven and immediately pierce the side of each popover with the tip of a sharp knife to allow steam to escape. Let stand for 5 minutes. Run the knife around the rim of each cup and invert into a napkin-lined basket. Serve the popovers immediately with the spread of your choice.

Nutrition Facts (per large popover):
Calories 187, Calories from Fat 88, Total Fat 9.8g, Saturated Fat 5.2g, Cholesterol 125mg, Sodium 189mg, Total Carbohydrates 17.9g, Dietary Fiber 0.6g, Sugars 2.4g, Protein 6.7g

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