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The Biggest Fattest Fluffiest Popover Recipe

The biggest fattest fluffiest popover recipe you’ll ever find. These popovers are light and airy, CRAZY easy to make (like you actually won’t believe it), and are probably my very favorite vehicle for butter. 

The Biggest Fattest Fluffiest Popovers you have ever seen all puffed up and still warm in the pan.

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THIS is a bucket list recipe! I have always wanted to make popovers. So I decided to try my hand at making you the biggest fattest fluffiest popover recipe, and I DID IT.

When I made the Biggest Fattest Fluffiest All Butter Biscuits, you guys went a little bit nuts about ’em. I mean really, what’s better than big ‘ol fluffy carbs? I am with you on that. Giant Cinnamon Rolls were also a hit. This popover recipe is right there in the realm of giant delicious carbs that will make people think you are some kind of baking phenom, but popovers are UNCOMPLICATED. I promise.  

This recipe is also a little bit dear to my heart. There’s a story attached. Haters of food blog stories feel free to scroll on down or Click HERE to Pin this Recipe for Later. [but also why are you reading a food blog ?]

Anyway. I’ve been wanting to make popovers FOREVER. They are eggy and intriguing. The insides pull apart in thin, almost spongy layers like magic. They fluff up like nobody’s business. And they are probably my most favorite vehicle for my friend Madeleine’s Bubbly Raspberry Rosé Jam. (not an affiliate link. I just really love Madeleine’s jams)

The Biggest Fattest Fluffiest Popovers vertical shot still in the pan so you can see just how tall they are

The Story. 

When I was a kid we would drive to southern Illinois to visit my grandparents a few times a year. I loved those trips, and recently made the drive again with my mom. I still love a good road trip, though this most recent one was much less chaotic than the trips of my youth, where my parents would load up a station wagon full of children and dogs, drive all night, and inevitably lose a suitcase somewhere in Indiana. 

Anyway, while in Illinois, my dad would always pick a day to drive across the river to St. Louis to visit his brother. Since I’m the oldest kid, he’d take me with him. 

Those trips always felt a tiny bit magical. We’d go to the fanciest shopping mall to get a Christmas present for my mom that we definitely COULD NOT afford. (my dad was ever an optimist)

We’d go to the St. Louis Museum of Art and wander for HOURS. I still get goosebumps when I see a painting by Monet. 

And on every trip, we’d go to the Zodiac, the restaurant at the top of Neiman Marcus, and eat the biggest, fattest, fluffiest popovers with strawberry butter, in a sea of white table cloths and crystal wine glasses. 

It was the fanciest thing I’d ever experienced. 

To fully appreciate this story though, we need to talk about how outside the norm all of this was. 

My mom was a waitress. And as soon as I was of age, I was, too. My dad worked in sales – mostly car dealerships – and was always trying to catch a break. JUST ONE MORE CAR to hit the sales goal and actually bring home a paycheck. Both of my parents worked crazy long hours and we had zero fancy things. Most days we had just enough groceries for that one day. We always had enough, but just barely. 

So going to art museums, and eating in fancy restaurants, and buying gifts that my dad would probably be paying off for the entire rest of the year – it all felt so extraordinary. 

That’s what popovers are for me. Completely extraordinary. 

Fluffy golden popovers still in the pan. So tall you won't believe it!

Making Big Fat Fluffy Popovers is EASY

The thing of it is though, they are NOT extraordinary to make! Popovers require just a few pantry staples. 

  • eggs
  • milk
  • salt
  • flour
  • butter

THAT’S IT!

Hopefully you have most of these things on hand pretty much any day of the week. If you DO need to run out and buy these ingredients though, none will waste away never to be used again like that spice you bought that one time for that thing you found on Pinterest. 

A huge popover on a plate with soft butter on the side just waiting to be eaten

Tools Required

You DO need a couple of tools to make this recipe successful, though, and that’s as fancy as we will get. 

  1. A good whisk
  2. this popover pan

Now listen. I am not usually one to tell you to go out and buy a thing. Here at Sugar Dish Me the goal is always easy and requiring just what you have on hand. And you CAN make popovers using a regular muffin tin. But they won’t be the biggest fattest fluffiest popovers. 

For the popovers to be sky-high, you’ll want the pan. Trust. 

Elbow Grease

Is that a thing people still say? I feel like it’s a grandma phrase. But this recipe calls for some serious whisking, so get your arm muscles ready. Also why is it called elbow grease when your elbow does none of the actual work ?

Whatever you call it, you are gonna wanna get ready to stir. 

Turn Big Fat Fluffy Popover with lots of melted butter

Bake, Serve, EAT WARM

Whether you are using the recommended popover pan or you are going with a muffin tin, you are going to bake the popovers on higher heat for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat for the last little bit of baking. 

In my humble opinion, popovers are best served warm. Carb-lover that I am, I will definitely not turn down a room-temperature baked good, just so we are clear about that. But these big fat fluffy popovers smeared with soft butter and / or sweet jam, will bring you like next-level breakfast-brunch happiness. 

Eat Popovers With …

  • I already mentioned Madeleine’s jam, (also try the Blueberry Lemon!)
  • I love this cranberry butter, especially in cranberry season! Frozen cranberries work well, too
  • Bacon Butter! YEP. There’s a scone recipe here, too. But bacon butter is as amazing as it sounds. 
  • soft butter and a sprinkle of kosher salt. YOU CAN’T BEAT IT. 

Other Favorite Big Fat Fluffy Recipes 

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies Recipe

Does it get any better than fluffy frosted Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies at Christmas? Really these cut out cookies are great any time of year – swap out those cookie cutters and get to decorating. 
Homemade Fluffy Pancake Mix is a long-time reader favorite! This tried and true quick mix for pancakes makes mornings easy. 

These popovers are big, fat, and fluffy! Still warm in the pan.
Yield: makes 6 BIG Popovers

The Biggest Fattest Fluffiest Popover Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

The Biggest Fattest Fluffiest Popover Recipe is SO easy! Just a few pantry staples and a really great pan turn out the biggest, fattest, fluffiest popovers ever!

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Warm the eggs by placing them UN-CRACKED in a medium bowl and cover with hot water (as hot as your tap will go). Let them sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°F and move the oven rack to a low position (to prepare for huge popovers!). Grease the popover pan thoroughly inside each cup as well as around the top edges.
  3. With your whisk, beat together the eggs, milk and salt until they are combined. The yolks should be completely blended in.
  4. Add the flour and whisk until the mixture is frothy and all large lumps are gone. Then quickly stir in the melted butter.
  5. Divide the batter between the prepared popover cups. They should be about 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Bake the popovers for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350°F. Bake for another 10 or 15 minutes. The popovers will be very golden brown.
  7. My preference is to serve immediately and enjoy them warm!

Notes

  • Do not top off the cups! ONE POUR to 3/4 full. Topping off can prevent a full rise.
  • If you can help it DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN!
  • If your popovers are getting dark too quickly, you can move one of your oven racks up to the top and place a baking sheet on it to shield your popovers from the direct heating elements.
  • This recipe is based on the popover recipe at King Arthur Flour. I love King Arthur as a resource for recipes, but I also LOVE their products.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 390mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 10g

Did you make this recipe?

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Vicky

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

I did something wrong and I’m a pretty good baker. Mine were oily and super eggy. I sprayed my pan with baking spray…that might have been the problem. Maybe I didn’t whisk them enough. I know it was something I did wrong because apparently everyone else has had success. I’ll try again.

Deb

Thursday 24th of June 2021

When I was a child and my family went on vacations we would pass through Eau Claire Wisconsin. We would stop and have dinner at a restaurant called the White House. They would circulate the dining room with fresh pans of pop over and put them directly on the customers plate. It was my favorite part of dining there. The restaurant is long since gone but the memory has never faded. This is the first pop over recipe that seems to be no fail perfection. I learned my lesson, you’ve got to get popover pan. Sometimes on the weekend I just make two for a nice breakfast treat for my husband and myself. This recipe can be made in 1/4 or 1/2 very well. THANKS!

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Thank you, Deb!

Sharon

Friday 28th of May 2021

Can you save the batter or should you use it right away?

Tanya Warren

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

@Sharon, actually I disagree...I have found that they actually rise hire after refrigerating for 24 hours...let batter come to room temp and then use.

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 1st of June 2021

Definitely needs to be used right away

Kat

Tuesday 25th of May 2021

Wish I could afford to buy the pan. Or any popover pan for that matter. These look incredible. Maybe one day 😕.

Dori R Blacker

Sunday 15th of August 2021

@Kat, ive gotten more than one cast iron muffin /popover pans at yard sales and flea markets for $5. They make amazing popovers. Good luck

lew

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

@Mal, @kat I also found my 6 popover pan at a thrift store for $3. Keep trying!

Kate Kowal

Sunday 8th of August 2021

@Kat, this works great in regular cupcake pans as well! If you look at king Arthur's original recipe they say to put them in the cupcake pan and have a separate tip if you choose to use the popover pan. I just made them in both pans and couldn't really tell a difference

Mal

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

@Kat, idk if you caved and bought one yet, but I just lucked out and was able to buy a 6 set and 12 set popover pans for $4 a piece at goodwill! Keep your eyes peeled!

Moey Anderson

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

I made your recipe, it’s so delicious!