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Archive for March 10, 2012

COOKING VIDEO: Make Popovers With Alton Brown

 

Today is National Blueberry Popover Day.

Crunchy and golden on the outside, moist and airy on the inside, popovers are a puffy delight like the Indian bread, poori. But the buttery, crunchy taste is uniquely popover.

You can use your muffin pan instead of a deeper popover pan, but you’ll end up with a flatter (though still delicious) product.

If you want the thrill of a fully risen popover, treat yourself: This popover pan will last a lifetime.

Alton Brown makes it look so easy in this video that you’ll want to order the popover pan post haste! The ingredients are already in the kitchen: 2 large eggs, 1 cup whole milk, 4-3/4 cups flour, 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt.

In honor of National Blueberry Day, you can add some chopped dried blueberries—or better yet, wait for June when blueberries start to come into season. We think popovers are magnificent plain; or with a bit of flavor from a tablespoon of chopped basil, thyme or Parmesan cheese added to the batter.

You’ll want to dig into the popovers as soon as they come out of the oven. Leftovers will last a couple of days in an airtight plastic bag. Microwave them briefly before serving.

Popovers As A Serving Dish

As you’ll see in the video, popovers are more than a delightful brunch or dinner roll. Just like a baked potato, a popover can be filled to create a dish that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Cut popovers in half and fill with scrambled eggs, chicken salad, fruit, yogurt or whatever appeals to you. You can even turn them into a dessert, with lemon curd or ice cream. If you’re making them specifically for a sweet dish, add a teaspoon of sugar to the batter.

   

   

How Many Different Types Of Bread Have You Tried?

Check ‘em out in our Bread Glossary.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Fresh Or Frozen Fruit

As we await the fresh fruits of spring and summer, we have the desire to bake a pie or two.

Should we use imported fresh fruits, or consider frozen domestic fruits?

Quick-frozen fruit, picked at the peak of ripeness, is a better bet than fruit that has been traveling for weeks in the hold of a ship.

Out of season, get your fruit in the freezer section, not in the produce department. The frozen fruit will deliver much more flavor.

Don’t thaw the fruit before baking. Just add an additional 5 to 10 minutes of baking time.

Have Some Pie Right Now

Take a look at our lovely Pie Glossary, and plan to bake a pie you haven’t tried before.

Find pie recipes in our Pie & Pastry Section.

 

Tons of sour cherries are quick-frozen during the short cherry season, so we can enjoy cherry pie year-round. Photo courtesy Cherry Marketing Institute.

 

  

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Green Mint Milkshake

Drinkin’ o’ the green: a delicious milkshake. Photo courtesy McCormick.

 

This classic milkshake can be transformed into a St. Patrick’s Day special with a hint of green food coloring. Here are two delightful recipes, both with a hint o’ mint: one that everyone will enjoy, one strictly for adults (using creme de menthe instead of peppermint extract).

Our first mint milkshake recipe, from McCormick, makes three servings; prep time is just five minutes.

EMERALD MINT MILKSHAKE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon green food color
  • Optional garnishes: whipped cream,* green sprinkles
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    Preparation

    1. Place ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and green food color in blender; cover. Blend on high speed until smooth.

    2. Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired. Serve immediately.

    *You can make green whipped cream, too. Make a conventional whipped cream recipe, adding several drops of food color before beating. Add it drop by drop, until you reach the desired color.

    THE NIBBLE’S ADULT ST. PATRICK’S DAY MILKSHAKE

    Ingredients Per Drink

  • 1 shot Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce green creme de menthe liqueur
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 drops green food color (more if desired)
  • Optional garnishes: whipped cream, green sanding sugar
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    Preparation

    1. Place whiskey, liqueur, ice cream and green food color in blender; cover. Blend on high speed until smooth.

    2. Pour into glass. Top with whipped cream/green whipped cream and sanding sugar, if desired. Serve immediately.

    Find more St. Patrick’s Day recipes.

      

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