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September 1st is National Cherry Popover Day
you're looking for something to do today then it's time to exercise
those jaw muscles a little because it's National Cherry Popover Day!
Don't worry, it's not much of a workout at all! Let's get
right into celebrating National Cherry Popover Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well, people love cherries so you're not going to be able to
keep them from sneaking them into their baked goods. But when it comes
to a popover, the consistency pleases many on a level that a cake,
muffins and pie cannot. Perhaps they enjoy watching how it rises as it
bakes but I think the light, fluffy texture is what really draws then
in, especially when you round it off with the sweetness of cherries.
So, once again, the popularity of a food has sealed the deal and
cemented yet another food holiday for the archives. So, what is a
popover? Well, the name was chosen because it pops over the muffin pan
or whatever you're baking them in. It rises up above it and leaves a
pocket underneath. And what gives them this magical lift? Eggs! Their
dough consists of more eggs than most other dough and there's really no
need for other ingredients to lift it to new heights; the eggs have
that covered. If you've ever had Yorkshire pudding then you've pretty
much had the same thing. Popovers are kind of like the Americanized
version of Yorkshire pudding. This treat seems to have been
around since at least 1876 and is going strong in the culinary world.
But if you want a cherry popover then all you need are some fresh or
dried cherries. Once you have your batter in your pan you just sprinkle
the cherries on top. Usually they will leave a little tunnel where each
cherry was dropped because the batter rises up around it and the cherry
stays pretty still. It's a unique treat that is worth giving a chomp.
Are your taste buds ready for it?
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, you might be lucky
enough to have a bakery or even a small diner near you that pumps out
cherry popovers on the regular. If that's the case then you know what
to do! But if you can't locate them in their ready to eat form then you
might just have to make your own. So look up a recipe online and get
ready to be surprised with how simple the recipe is. Then head on
down to your grocery store to get your supplies and maybe even a
special, popover muffin pan. And if you want to have some fun while
they're baking then why don't you take bets on which popover is going
to rise the highest? Then just huddle around the window in the oven
door and see who wins. What is the winner's prize? Twice the cherry
popovers that everyone else gets! But if you like to get creative
with your popovers then flip them over and try to think of some good
ways to take advantage of that little pocket on the bottom. You pretty
much have a muffin bowl when you flip them over so why not slap some
whipped cream in there or cream cheese? You could even scoop in some
cherry pie filling or heck, go with a little ice cream. That pocket is
just screaming to be filled up with something delicious so shut that
thing up! Why the heck are your popovers making so much noise anyway?
Have a great day and enjoy the extra lift!