Sugar and Spice Popovers

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a morning person.  When I wake up, no matter how early it is, I am flooded with joy at the day’s prospects.  As a child, it was television that inspired me to rise. I’d walk out of my bedroom into a completely still house and quietly make my way downstairs, where I’d watch cartoons before the rest of my family awoke.  The stations flipped with a click of the remote, switching back and forth between episodes of The Muppet Show and Ghostbusters (yes, I’m a child of the ’80s). These were my hours to get lost in mindless programs and I cherished these moments.

Since my youth, the way I spend my mornings has changed.  When I’m not pressured to get out of the house, I curl up on the couch and read newspaper articles on the computer, with Maki sleeping by my side and a plate of fresh pastries on the table before me.

I like mornings because it’s my time. Time to relax and reflect, time to do what I want to do before work gets in the way.  And for that short period, my mind is clear. I can think and write and read.  I can sip and nibble and in no way do I feel rushed.  Most importantly, I can breath.  Slowly and steadily.

Sugar and Spice Popovers

Yield: 6 popovers


1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Special Tools

Popover pan


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter, let cool slightly.

3. Combine flour and salt in bowl.

4. Make a well in the center of flour and add eggs, butter and milk. Beat until smooth.

5. Grease popover pan (spray is fine) and fill cups half way with the batter.

6. Bake for 35-40 min, or until brown and crisp.

7. Melt the additional 1 tablespoon of butter.

8. On a plate, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.  Brush the melted butter onto a popover and then roll it around in the sugar and spice mixture.  Repeat with remaining popovers. Serve with butter and jam.




  • September 10, 2012 - 5:13 am

    sreebindu - dreamy and beautiful pictures :)

  • September 10, 2012 - 6:13 am

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - You’re killing me! I want these so much!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 6:46 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I seriously need to get myself a popover pan! These are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 8:14 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - Do I need a popover pan for these or can I use muffin tins? I’ve never made popovers, but seriously, you have made me think I need one NOW!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 8:14 am

    Gail - WHOA!
    That’s what I call taking popovers to the next level! Gorgeous shots, as usual, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 8:18 am

    thyme (Sarah) - Love this post. Love the popovers. Mornings are everything to me. I wake up about 5:45, brew my delicious coffee and watch the sun rise. Because I homeschool, I too can relax at the kitchen table and wait for my son to join me. I liken this morning time to what many people must experience with “praying” or “meditating” (even though I don’t do either). Oh, yes…and all breakfast foods are my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 8:38 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Brian, I can’t say popover with reverting to my best Elderly New Yorker accent… Pap ovahhhhh! It’s a bad habit, I know.

    These popovers make me want to cry with happiness.ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 8:42 am

    Aimee @ Simple Bites - Just amazing, Brian! I think I’ll make these for my boy’s dinner for a treat with some of our farm fresh eggs. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 9:19 am

    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies - I tend to be more of a morning person when I know there’s something delicious waiting for me for breakfast. I think these would fit the bill!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 10:45 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - oh wow Brian! Just lovelyReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Eliana - Have never seen a popover look for beautiful! Love them Brian.ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Jeanette - I haven’t made popovers in years – I don’t think mine ever came out as lofty as these – gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 11:42 am

    sippitysup - I’m a morning person too,though I do like to get the day going slowly. So be extra quite when you are plating these up for me. GREGReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    kickpleat - Popovers covered in sugar & spices? I’m in!!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - Oh my goodness, Brian–these look amazing. I’m a total morning person, and what better treat to have with morning coffee. I even love the name “popover.” Yours look divine! xoReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    Carolyn - Um, I want it. Now. Help!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Ashley - These look amazing. Perfect as fall is heading our way. I can’t wait to try.ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 8:01 pm

    Russell at Chasing Delicious - These look fantastic, boy. I love the styling in the shot too – makes me feel like I’m looking at a vintage cookbook.ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 8:52 pm

    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray - I feel the same way about mornings. Sipping coffee with the morning light, cuddled in my comfy robe, and surfing the web makes each day a perfect beginning. I make popovers daily at work but have never thought about SWEET popovers. What a treat! Thanks for sharing dear!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats - I had my very first popovers at Mayfare Tavern in San Francisco, last year. Talk about being outdated. I fell in love with it and since then had been craving for them ever since coming back home. I thought they were savoury, however I am loving your idea on sweet aroma popovers too. Can’t wait to make these to bring myself back to those memories. Have a good week ahead!!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 9:19 pm

    Sneh | Cook Republic - Your mornings seem so similar to mine except Maki and the pastries, lol. Popovers look like my kind of thing, I had never heard of them or seen them before, can you believe it? Is it an American thing? From the ingredient list, they look like they must be very similar to choux pastry? Thanks for the inspiration Brian!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2012 - 11:20 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some popovers, especially when they pop over.

    azúcar y especias y todas las cosas buenasReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 8:37 am

    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings - Love these popovers!!ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 8:46 am

    Monet - Hi love. I am a morning person too. I woke up at 6am just to start on my croissants. I can’t wait until I can sit down in a few hours with a big jar of jam. Now if only I had these in the oven too! They look just heavenly. And anything with a bit of sugar and cinnamon makes me smile wider. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 11:04 am

    chinmayie @ love food eat - Such beautiful pictures! Lovely morning light.ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    carrian - I just saw this over at tastespotting and I had to come check it out. Gorgeous photos, and I am totally pinning this.ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 1:14 pm

    Kelsey - love these shots, brian :)ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    JulieD - Absolutely gorgeous, Brian!! I want like 6 of these right now!!ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    A Brown Table - OMG, popovers for breakfast! I could eat this every morning. Also, I am excited to have discovered your site!ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Ah you see that’s how I feel about evenings. I’m a night owl from way back, it’s my quiet time when I relax and unwind.ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 4:58 pm

    Kristen - I feel the same way about mornings. Love this post and these popovers!ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 7:23 pm

    Kiran @ - So beautiful and dreamy photos, Brian!

    ps: share the same feelings about “morning” :)ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 7:50 pm

    Kasey - Brian, what are you doing to me?! These look heavenly. I recently bought a popover pan and have been making those suckers left and right…the sugar and spice? I’m totally sold. I agree with you about mornings…it’s definitely my favorite part of the day. What a way to welcome fall!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2012 - 2:29 am

    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious - It’s always nice to find a blog gem! Great recipe and I like your outlook on morning time!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2012 - 8:30 am

    Joanne - I feel absolutely the same way about my mornings! They are favorite part of the day and I hate having my “me” time interrupted. :) These popovers sound like the perfect way to spoil myself.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2012 - 11:31 am

    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking - Although I do love sleeping in late once in a blue moon I love my me time early in the morning before everyone wakes up. With a cup of tea and daily newspaper (old fashioned, love the smell of newspaper). The only thing missing is someone to make some pastries for me. The popovers look like a great morning treatReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Kimberley - I love mornings for that same reason, but am terrible at actually getting up early enough to appreciate the quiet before everyone else arises. And even though I stopped eating wheat, I cannot tell you how much I crave one of those popovers. Must be the season.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    Denise - I love eating popovers but have never made. You make it seem so easy with this recipe – I will definitely have to give it a whirl. I am completely like you – the mornings are my time. I have a ritual of making coffee. I grind the beans, boil the water and then let the mixture drip. I grab the first cup and enjoy the quiet time of coffee and my RSS feed!ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2012 - 9:24 am

    Liren - It’s my quiet morning right now and I may be still squinting from sleepiness, but what a treat to feast my eyes on. If only I could have one with my coffee!

    Hope your week is going well, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2012 - 10:41 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - I’m a morning person too and all I want for breakfast right now is a few of these delicious popovers:)ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2012 - 11:25 am

    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet - All I have to say Brian is…..YES PLEASE. :) Happy Thursday!


  • September 13, 2012 - 11:05 pm

    Aggie - Quiet still mornings are a treasure. I am a morning person wannabe.
    I bought my kids the original muppet show season on dvd earlier this year :)

    Those popovers look scrumptious.ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 5:55 am

    Cook Republic Files – Favourites List September 2012 | Cook Republic - […] recipe for Wholewheat Chocolate Chip Scones.   This indulgent dulce de leche yogurt.   Popovers, Doughnuts and Eclairs.    The Chobani Kitchen Conversion Chart.   This […]ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 11:44 am

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - Oh you have no idea how badly I want to bite into this right now!ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2012 - 9:17 am

    SSL: I Love Fall | EatingPlaces - […] Sugar and Spice Popovers from A Thought for Food […]ReplyCancel

  • September 24, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    Laura (Tutti Dolci) - I love popovers but I’ve only made the savory variety – love the sugar and spice here. Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • September 24, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Oh my, these look delicious.ReplyCancel

  • September 24, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    Ashley - Baker by Nature - These look so perfect for a lazy morning of baking, then breakfast in bed!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Eva - Ok…….I made these today for brunch and they are absolutely divine!!! They are perfect in every way and the cloves make them very special indeed!!! Thank you for a great recipe!!ReplyCancel

  • September 4, 2013 - 3:14 am

    Agnes - Soooo delicious!ReplyCancel

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