Every Sunday I always make a special brunch for Nathan and I and it is usually something a little bit naughty, but oh so nice. Whilst looking for inspiration I came across a recipe in Susan Branch's book Heart Of The Home: Notes From A Vineyard Kitchen for Popovers which to my American friends are a familiar breakfast and brunch food. However a hop, skip and a jump across the pond we eat something similar with our Sunday roast beef, the Yorkshire pudding! I read the simple list of ingredients and recipe and it sounded so similar to my recipe for Yorkies that I felt rather sceptical of their suitability for brunch, but I was intrigued. The recipe suggests serving them with jam or marmalade which made them more appealing. In actual fact some people choose to eat their Yorkies with Jam, but we have always chosen gravy and horseradish sauce as our chosen condiments.
Within forty minutes the popovers had risen nicely
At this stage the recipe advises that the tops need to be sliced into and then they need to be put back into the oven for another five minutes. Next time I will just pierce the tops instead of slicing into them so the steam will still escape, but they will be more attractive
With raspberry jam at the ready we dove in with little expectation and to our surprise they were delicious! Whilst similar to Yorkshire puddings they were different enough for you not to wonder where the roast rib of beef is!
I should never have doubted Susan and our American chums, after all they know a thing or two about delicious breakfasts that sound as though they should be a disaster, but are actually a match made in culinary heaven - American pancakes, smoked streaky bacon and unctuous maple syrup...mmm I know what we are having for Sunday brunch next week!
This evening I am attending an exclusive sewing event at the Cath Kidston shop in Winchester and I am jolly excited! I will be back here later in the week to tell you all about it.
Happy Tuesday sweetpeas