NATIONAL BLUEBERRY POPOVER DAY
What better way to start March 10th than with National Blueberry Popover Day? Popovers are airy rolls that puff up when baked, popping over the edge of the tin. They are light and crispy on the outside while the insides are warm and often hollow. They can be filled with custards, creams, and fruits for a sweet treat, especially blueberries.
Popovers are similar to Yorkshire pudding and can also be served with savory combinations.
Most popover recipes are made using mostly eggs, milk, flour and salt. When making popovers, using eggs and milk that are at room temperature produces the best result. The resulting batter is thin but has enough air it that when it bakes the steam expands the batter, causing it to puff up and pop over the tin. The egg proteins help the pastry hold its shape and eventually the crust turns flaky and golden.
** 1850 – The oldest known reference to popovers in a letter of E.E. Stuart.
** 1876 – The first cookbook with a popover recipe was Practical Cooking by M.N. Henderson.
HOW TO OBSERVE BLUEBERRY POPOVER DAY
Make your home smell amazing with these homemade blueberry popovers. Another option is to visit your favorite bakery and surprise a friend or neighbor. Don’t forget to let them know what day it is and give your baker a shout out, too! Those are two great ways to celebrate. Let us know any other ways you discover by using #BlueberryPopoverDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY POPOVER DAY HISTORY
While National Day Calendar hasn’t identified the founder this tasty holiday, if we do, we’ll just pop on over and update the page so you’ll know.
Q. Can popovers be prepared ahead of time?
A. Yes. Just before you’re ready to serve, pop them in a preheated oven for a few minutes to warm them up.
Q. Can popovers be frozen?
A. Yes. As with most foods, seal them in an airtight, freezer-safe container before freezing.
Q. What do I serve over a sweet popover?
A. Popovers are delicious on their own. However, try these tasty toppings to make them spectacular!
- melted butter
- cinnamon sugar glaze
- fruit sauce
- maple syrup
- jam, jelly, marmalade
- fresh fruit
- whipped cream
- chocolate or caramel sauce
- powdered sugar