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March 10th is National Blueberry Popover Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then pop on over to your kitchen because today is National Blueberry Popover Day!  Almost like a blueberry muffin, but not quite!  Let's get right into celebrating National Blueberry Popover Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Today is a holiday for the same reason that most food holidays are celebrated... people love blueberry popovers! They're easy to make and they are a great breakfast food.  Popovers have been around since before the 1850's, but from that year you'll find the oldest known reference to popovers in a letter written by E.E. Stuart. And it wasn't until 1876 that the first popover recipe was printed in a cookbook called Practical Cooking. But what exactly is a popover?

Well, it's made from an egg batter that is pretty much an Americanized version of Yorkshire pudding. So you're not starting off with a buttery muffin mix. But you do bake them in a muffin pan and as they cook you'll start to see why they're called popovers. They start to rise above the pan and "pop over" the edges. And as they do this the center is actually lifting up with it, which leaves a hollow dome on the bottom of each popover. It's kind of surprising if you take your first bite and are expecting a full muffin texture.  To make blueberry popovers all you do is pour your batter in your muffin tin and then sprinkle a few fresh or frozen blueberries into each compartment. Now as they rise, the tops will be a little distorted as the batter rises around the blueberries. Then you just pop them out of the pan and sprinkle them with something sweet like honey or powdered sugar if you like.  Enjoy this not so unhealthy version of the blueberry muffin!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, you can search around for a local bakery or grocery store that bakes up blueberry popovers daily.  If you're lucky enough to find one then celebrating today will be pretty simple for you.  That way if you don't really enjoy them then you only paid for one and didn't waste your time making a whole batch... but I'm sure you'll enjoy them!  Or you could take a stab at making some yourself!  You can find popover mixes if you want to make these as quickly as possible and then just get a bag of frozen blueberries.  Or you can make the batter from scratch, which really isn't that difficult at all.  This is one of the easiest recipes I've made so far this year and I made it from scratch.  If you can plan a little in advance you can whip these up while everyone else is sleeping and then have them wake up to the smell of blueberries.  Then pop a popover down in front of them and start their day off right!  That's probably the best way to get someone to enjoy celebrating a holiday like this every year.  And why not get a little creative with that dome on the bottom?  Flip your popover upside down and fill it with something special.  Maybe some butter, a tiny scoop of ice cream or some whipped topping.  Enjoy your day and see how many people decide to "popover" once they know you're cooking!





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