Who doesn't love eggs fresh from the hens? And all the better if they come with warm holiday wishes and the makings for popovers.
One of our great pleasures is sharing food we love. For the holidays, we often try to pack up a mini-meal in a basket. Time is scant for everyone, and if we can give friends a tasty meal—and also help them shift a few minutes toward relaxing by the tree—well, that's two kinds of nourishment, isn't it?
Christmas breakfast is one of our most anticipated meals of the year. (We'll show you why tomorrow.) It delights us when we can contribute a little something to another family's holiday morning. Last year, when our hens were in the full vigor of laying (as they are not this year), we made popover kits.
We mixed a cup and a quarter of flour into a treat bag with a quarter-teaspoon of salt.
We nestled three eggs next to a sweet loaf of apricot-orange-cranberry bread (for nibbling while the popovers baked).
We added lemon curd (from Amy's yummy recipe) or our cherry-pie jam and tucked it all in a tin with instructions (see below) for how to mix up the popovers and bake them.
Holiday-morning Popover Instructions
In addition to the kit you will need…
1 ¼ cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into dabs
a muffin tin
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and set rack in the middle.
Butter or spray the muffin cups with oil.
Pour the dry mix into a blender. Add the three eggs and milk. Blend a minute or two – until the batter is bubbly and about the same consistency as heavy cream. (You can do this the night before, but let it come to room temperature before you use it.)
Stick the EMPTY muffin tin into the oven for two minutes. Then place a small dab in each muffin cup, return to oven until the butter melts and begins to bubble, about ONE MINUTE.
Fill each cup half full with the batter and bake 20 minutes, then reduce temperature to 300 degrees and continue baking 20 minutes. (Watch carefully toward the end.)
Makes 12 popovers. Serve with butter, jam, and spreads like lemon curd.
ENJOY…with love from all of us at Four Green Acres, including our flock of chickens.