Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Nectarine Brown Butter Popovers

A few weekends ago I adapted The Way It Crumbles' Apple Popover recipe into Nectarine Brown Butter Popovers. Nectarines were on sale and I had brown butter leftover from a previous project, but I think any combination of fruit and butter would work well.

Popovers make a delicious breakfast (and afternoon snack) with their slight sweetness. This version serves them with the portion that touched the bottom of the muffin tin facing up, which provides the cup for the additional fruit and anything else you drizzle on top.

Their texture reminds me of a lighter German pancake or clafoutis, two of my favorite breakfast dishes. I can see these becoming a go to treat thanks to their simplicity and relatively healthy profile for a recipe on the sweet side. The six were gone in no time!

Nectarine Brown Butter Popovers
Makes 6

Sauteed Nectarines
3 ripe nectarines, cut into slices
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp browned butter

Cut nectarines in half, remove pit. Slice thinly. Melt butter in a pan, add brown sugar and nectarines and allow to soften. Set aside to cool slightly.

1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup milk (I used soymilk)
pinch of salt
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
melted butter to grease muffin tray

Let all ingredients come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat six hollows of a muffin tin with melted butter. Once oven is preheated, place muffin pan in for about 5 minutes to heat up.

In a medium bowl, combine egg, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined and frothy. Sift flour into liquid. Whisk batter until smooth.

Take muffin pan out of the hot oven carefully and spoon about 1/2 tbsp of the fruit mixture into the tin's compartments. Top with evenly divided batter and bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Rotate the pan for even cooking, and reduce heat to 350 degrees, cooking for approximately 10 more minutes or until golden and crispy.

Remove from oven and pan, set on rack to cool.

By the way, I'm experiencing the great outdoors in Big Sky Country i.e. Montana and Canada 8/13 to 8/24, so any responses will come when I return. Thank you for your patience and wish me luck seeing a moose with a rack.

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