Spring holidays are right around the corner, and it’s time to set your brunch menu!
Typically, Spring brunches include dishes like French toast or pancakes. Some brunches include heavier dishes, like bacon jam burgers, and sandwiches. It’s popular to see salads and seasonal fruits as a side dish.
Egg dishes, like quiches and eggs benedict, are always a hit. These are especially wonderful if paired with a delicious, fresh out-of-the-oven, popover.
What is a Popover?
Popovers are a delicious American treat with distinctly British roots.
Essentially, they are a light and fluffy roll that is made from an egg-heavy batter, very similar to that of Yorkshire pudding.
They are baked in muffin tins or cute dedicated popover pans, and can be served with delicious spreads, like:
- Salted butter
- Fruit preserves
- Strawberry butter
- Pumpkin butter
- Garlic and herbs
- Pepper jam, and more.
They have always been a favorite at brunches, year round. However, brunch is never complete without BACON!
So, if you are wondering how to use bacon jam in a unique way, this recipe is egg-y, fluffy, air-filled, and maple-bacon-y sweet!
MAPLE BACON POPOVERS
Here is a fun TBJ twist on a fun maple bacon popover recipe
from Food & Wine Magazine:
- TBJ’s Uncured Maple Bacon Jam
- ¼ cup unsalted butter - melted
- 1 Cup all purpose flour (or flour of your choice)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ Cup whole milk - room temperature
- ¼ cup of maple syrup - plus some for light brushing on tops
- 4 large eggs - room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Mix 2 tablespoons melted butter with bacon jam. Spoon 1 teaspoon of this mixture into each cup of a large muffin pan. Place the pan in the oven to heat.
- In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together milk, maple syrup, eggs, and remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large bowl.
- Gradually whisk flour mixture into egg mixture until almost smooth; fold in 2 tablespoons of bacon jam.
- Transfer batter to a 4-cup spouted measuring cup.
- Carefully remove the hot pan from the oven. Pour batter into popover cups, filling each two-thirds full. Bake in the preheated oven until popovers are puffed and golden brown, for 18 to 20 minutes.
- Lightly brush tops with additional maple syrup. Remove from the pan, and serve immediately.
The Final Bite
Popover recipes have been found in American cookbooks dating back all the way to the 1800’s. They are a sweet and soft roll, simply perfect for afternoon tea, brunch, or lunch.
Paired with sweet and savory (and spicy!) toppings, they are sure to be a hit when gathering with your family this holiday season. They taste especially delicious with TBJ’s Bacon Jam selections. Try caramelized onions and bacon jam or apple bacon jam.
Have fun experimenting with new spreads!
*Be sure to visit TBJ Gourmet to find bacon jam for sale (THE best bacon jam to buy!). You can find more bacon jam serving suggestions and delicious bacon jam uses, bacon jam appetizer recipes, bacon onion jam burgers ideas and more, on their website!