Saturday, September 1, 2012

National Cherry Popover Day

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By Nurse Diane

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Long before George Washington could not tell a lie and confessed to chopping down the famed cherry tree, cherries were a wildly popular fruit. Not only were they eaten right off the stem, but they were also baked in pies, cakes and popovers.  I love cherries, but I don’t eat that many of them, they are very good for you and full of melatonin, a substance that aids in sleeping.  In fact the only time I eat a cherry is when it is in a bowl of fruit cocktail, or on the top of some cheesecake.  My husband loved them, and would take a jar of them, stab them with toothpicks and devour the whole jar.

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I am talking about cherries today because today is National Cherry Popover Day.  A popover is similar to a muffin.  It is light and airy, and filled with cherries.  It may seem like a difficult dish to make, however there is a simple recipe from foodnetwork.com that will help you celebrate this day.  So if you have never tried a cherry popover, what are you waiting for?  Make a batch today and celebrate!

Cherry Popovers
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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus 1 teaspoon room temperature for pan
  • 4 3/4 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature


Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 6-cup popover pan with the 1 teaspoon of butter.
  3. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender and process for 30 seconds. Divide the batter evenly between the cups of the popover pan, each should be about 1/3 to 1/2 full. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 40 minutes. Remove the popovers to a cooling rack and pierce each in the top with a knife to allow steam to escape. Serve warm.


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