As I write this, it’s Tuesday night, and I SHOULD be packing for my trip to California. I’m heading out to Monterey to see where my Dole Salad comes from…and as you can imagine, I can’t wait!!
As for packing, alas, I can not possibly leave you all without a Popover Recipe. You are expecting one, I know. So packing will have to wait. (Look at me, taking one for the team.)
This week’s Popover recipe is a different one for me. Different in many, many ways. First – it has dried fruits in it. I don’t think I’ve offered you one of those before. Plus, one of the fruits is dates. I know for a fact I have never presented you a recipe including dates. So there’s that. I used Bob’s Red Mill brand – and they were SO good. I kept popping those tart cherries in my mouth as I whipped up the batter – it was addictive! So, in case you didn’t know it – Bob’s not only makes flour, they have a great selection of dried fruits.
But I digress. The biggest difference this week? I baked these popovers in my microwave.
As you may know, I have been renovating my kitchen for the last millenium few months, installing some new cabinetry, new countertops, and of course, new appliances from KitchenAid. One of the new appliances is a gorgeous stainless steel microwave slash convection oven that – to put it mildly – I have fallen in love with. We’re just getting to know one another, but I think it’s going to be a long and meaningful relationship.
Despite the attraction, even though it says it’s an oven, I have a hard time buying it. An oven? Call me old fashioned, but come on. Microwaves are for reheating leftovers, making popcorn, and catching poptart wrappers on fire. NOT for baking.
I pushed around on the buttons on the computerized screen. Bake. Temp. 375. Start Preheat.
13 minutes later, the microwave was to temperature (weird, but true), and in went the popovers. I closed the door and walked away, expecting a soupy mess upon my return.
I was wrong. (That hardly ever happens.)
It baked! It popped over! It tasted great, which means…success! The only difference I noted was that the tops did not brown. However, that’s something I can live with. Small price to pay to have a microwave that BAKES and looks pretty.
Go KitchenAid, it’s your birthday…
Now, you may not have this fancy space-age contraption in your own home, so, feel free to use your oven. Or your toaster oven. They’ll work just fine! (Do NOT use your toaster toaster, though. I can’t recommend that.)
Just make them!
Disclaimer: KitchenAid supplied these appliances in my kitchen, but I was not paid for my opinion. All thoughts are 100% my own.