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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.




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  • sreebinduSeptember 10, 2012 - 5:13 am

    dreamy and beautiful pictures :)

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelSeptember 10, 2012 - 6:13 am

    You’re killing me! I want these so much!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarSeptember 10, 2012 - 6:46 am

    I seriously need to get myself a popover pan! These are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • shelly (cookies and cups)September 10, 2012 - 8:14 am

    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

  • GailSeptember 10, 2012 - 8:14 am

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

  • thyme (Sarah)September 10, 2012 - 8:18 am

    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

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveSeptember 10, 2012 - 8:38 am

    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

  • Aimee @ Simple BitesSeptember 10, 2012 - 8:42 am

    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

  • Kiersten @ Oh My VeggiesSeptember 10, 2012 - 9:19 am

    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

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.September 10, 2012 - 10:45 am

    oh wow Brian! Just lovelyReplyCancel

  • ElianaSeptember 10, 2012 - 10:57 am

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

  • JeanetteSeptember 10, 2012 - 11:24 am

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

  • sippitysupSeptember 10, 2012 - 11:42 am

    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

  • kickpleatSeptember 10, 2012 - 12:03 pm

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

  • Rosie @ SweetapolitaSeptember 10, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    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

  • CarolynSeptember 10, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    Um, I want it. Now. Help!ReplyCancel

  • AshleySeptember 10, 2012 - 3:29 pm

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

  • Russell at Chasing DeliciousSeptember 10, 2012 - 8:01 pm

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

  • Marnely Rodriguez-MurraySeptember 10, 2012 - 8:52 pm

    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

  • Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous TreatsSeptember 10, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    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

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicSeptember 10, 2012 - 9:19 pm

    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

  • Andrew FrishmanSeptember 10, 2012 - 11:20 pm

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

    azúcar y especias y todas las cosas buenasReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth@ Food RamblingsSeptember 11, 2012 - 8:37 am

    Love these popovers!!ReplyCancel

  • MonetSeptember 11, 2012 - 8:46 am

    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

  • chinmayie @ love food eatSeptember 11, 2012 - 11:04 am

    Such beautiful pictures! Lovely morning light.ReplyCancel

  • carrianSeptember 11, 2012 - 12:35 pm

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

  • KelseySeptember 11, 2012 - 1:14 pm

    love these shots, brian :)ReplyCancel

  • JulieDSeptember 11, 2012 - 2:58 pm

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

  • A Brown TableSeptember 11, 2012 - 3:27 pm

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

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenSeptember 11, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    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

  • KristenSeptember 11, 2012 - 4:58 pm

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

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.comSeptember 11, 2012 - 7:23 pm

    So beautiful and dreamy photos, Brian!

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

  • KaseySeptember 11, 2012 - 7:50 pm

    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

  • Gerry @ Foodness GraciousSeptember 12, 2012 - 2:29 am

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

  • JoanneSeptember 12, 2012 - 8:30 am

    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

  • Roxana | Roxana's Home BakingSeptember 12, 2012 - 11:31 am

    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

  • KimberleySeptember 12, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    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

  • DeniseSeptember 12, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    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

  • LirenSeptember 13, 2012 - 9:24 am

    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

  • Lora @cakeduchessSeptember 13, 2012 - 10:41 am

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

  • Heather | Farmgirl GourmetSeptember 13, 2012 - 11:25 am

    All I have to say Brian is…..YES PLEASE. :) Happy Thursday!


  • AggieSeptember 13, 2012 - 11:05 pm

    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

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  • Lisa | With Style and GraceSeptember 18, 2012 - 11:44 am

    Oh you have no idea how badly I want to bite into this right now!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)September 24, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    I love popovers but I’ve only made the savory variety – love the sugar and spice here. Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceSeptember 24, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Oh my, these look delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Baker by NatureSeptember 24, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    These look so perfect for a lazy morning of baking, then breakfast in bed!ReplyCancel

  • EvaMarch 23, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    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

  • AgnesSeptember 4, 2013 - 3:14 am

    Soooo delicious!ReplyCancel

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