This Jordan Pond House Best Popover recipe is sure to be a hit at your house! These popovers are known regionally as the best popovers in all of New England. If you’ve never tried a popover before, you’re in for a real treat.
What Are Popovers?
A popover is a light, fluffy muffin made from a thin eggy batter that rises to form a hollow shell when baked. That airy shell is typically served hot and slathered with butter and strawberry jam.
You can easily buy an expensive gourmet popover baking mix, but since there are only 5 ingredients — flour, milk, eggs, salt, and baking soda — why not make your own? The taste is just as delicious, and popovers are so easy to make.
The baking technique for making popovers is a crucial element to this recipe. There’s lots of beating with your electric hand mixer. And absolutely no opening the oven door and peeking! This could cause the popovers to deflate, similar to a soufflé.
The Famous Jordan Pond House at Acadia National Park
Jon and I visited Acadia National Park and The Jordan Pond House seven summers ago when we spent a romantic long weekend in Bar Harbor, Maine, celebrating our anniversary. We stayed at the Primrose Inn in Bar Harbor, which is a gorgeous 1878 Victorian-era bed & breakfast. Acadia National Park is a stunning park with beautiful trails, mountain vistas, and incredible views.
On our way home from the long weekend, we stopped at The Jordan Pond House for popovers and a glass of iced tea. They serve afternoon tea with popovers every day from 11:30-5:30. We heard about the popovers over the weekend. And after savoring one, we “popped” into the gift shop to buy a popover pan that included the famous Jordan Pond House “Best Popover Recipe.”
These popovers are known regionally as the best popovers in New England, and they’re not hard to make. Just follow the easy directions below from “The Story of Jordan Pond,” published by the Acadia Corporation.
You only need 5 ingredients to make the best popovers ever at home! As far as dry ingredients go, you’ll need to sift together all-purpose flour, salt, and baking soda. For the wet ingredients, all you need is whole milk and room temperature eggs. That’s all!
How To Make the Best Homemade Popovers
These popovers take less than an hour to make, and only require 5 simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now. So, get to baking!
- In a large bowl, add the eggs and mix at a high speed until they are doubled in size, which should be around 2-3 minutes. You want to incorporate a lot of air into the eggs (especially the egg white) so that the batter is light and fluffy. Once the eggs are whipped, turn the speed down. Pour the milk in, and whisk until everything is fully incorporated.
- Continue mixing, and add the sifted dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking soda). Once everything is mixed well, but not overly so or to the point that the whipped eggs have deflated, add the remaining milk, and continue whisking for another minute.
- Grease the muffin pan, and add it into the 425 degrees F oven to preheat for 5 minutes. While the pan is preheating, strain the batter to prevent lumps, and then divide the mixture equally into the muffin pan.
- Bake in the middle shelf for 15 minutes, and then reduce the temperature to 350 F. Bake for another 15-20 minutes, then carefully remove from the muffin tin, and serve warm with softened butter and jam. Enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- Popover pans can be substituted with a regular muffin pan, but there will be a slight difference in the height of the popovers since the muffin pan is shorter.
- Have your eggs sitting at room temperature for at least an hour before mixing the batter for best results.
- To get a smooth batter, sift the flour before mixing it into the eggs. And also, strain the batter before adding it to the muffin pans.
- Avoid opening the oven in the first 15 minutes so the popovers get the right form and texture.
What To Serve with Popovers
Popovers are traditionally served warm or hot with butter and strawberry jam. They can also be served savory with butter, sliced ham or turkey, or even taco filling. They can be served sweet with Nutella, chocolate ganache, sweet marscarpone, or pie filling.
More Baked Goods Recipes To Try
- Fresh Strawberry Crepes
- Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
- Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
- Birthday Cupcakes
- Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins
Jordan Pond House Best Popover Recipe
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup sifted all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Speck of baking soda
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Sift and measure flour, salt and soda. Set aside.
- Beat the eggs at high speed until lemon colored (2-3 minutes).
- On slowest speed, very slowly 1/2 cup of the milk. Beat until well mixed.
- Add slowly (with mixer going on slow speed) the dry ingredients.
- When mixed, stop beating.
- Scrape sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- Beat at medium speed and slowly add the remaining milk.
- Beat 2 minutes.
- Place well-greased muffin tin or popover pan into oven to warm up for five minutes.
- Turn mixer to high speed and beat 5-7 minutes.
- Batter should be smooth and about the thickness of heavy cream.
- Pour batter through a strainer, and into well-greased, preheated muffin tins or popover pan.
- Bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven at 425° for the first 15 minutes.
- Without opening the oven, reduce the temperature to 350° and bake 15 - 20 minutes longer.
- Popovers are best served at once, but may be kept in the warm oven for up to five minutes.
- Serve immediately with butter and strawberry jam.