How Do You Get Popovers to Rise?

Popovers are the kind of food that is loved by everyone. They are light; and they look fluffy from the outside.

Visually, they look very attractive, which makes them even more delicious. Yes, a popover is similar to Yorkshire pudding. So, they are quite famous in the United States of America.

You can have them along with other types of sweets. Or, you can simply eat them with butter. Some people prefer having popovers with pot roast, so that they can dip them in their beloved gravy. If you are a tea-lover, they will go perfectly with the drink.

One common question most people ask is, ‘How do you get popovers to rise?’ To help you with that, we have included the answer in this article after doing extensive research.

So, read on to find out more.

Popovers: Why Do They Rise?

If you make popovers regularly, it is probable that you know their regular recipe; which contains no yeast, baking soda, or baking powder. Without these leavening agents, the ultimate question arises- ‘What makes them rise?’

It happens with foods that are made with milk, eggs, and flour. You won’t have a problem pouring the batter since it is thin.

A huge quantity of liquid is present in the batter, which creates internal steam. This generated steam forces the popovers to get puffed, causing them to rise.    

How Can You Do It?

Surprisingly, the process is very easy. It needs a unique technique to get the job done.

You have to preheat the oven to the required temperature. Take a baking sheet, and put the popover pan on top of it. Preheat this in the oven till it is hot.

The baking sheet works excellently in starting the process. It targets the pan’s bottom, which pushes the popovers to rise.

Steps to Make Perfect Popovers

Here is the step-by-step process that you can follow to make this delicious food. Take notes whenever you find anything important.

Step 1: Gather All the Necessary Ingredients

Take 4 large eggs, 2 cups of whole milk, 1½ teaspoons of salt, and 2 cups of all-purpose flour.

Put everything near your cooking area. That way, you don’t have to run from one spot to the other.

Clean your hands before you get started, and move on to the next step.  

Step 2: Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. This specific temperature is mandatory to get the perfect taste. Take a baking sheet (11” x 17”) and popover pans.

Put the pans on top of the sheet and carefully put them in the oven. Since you are preheating, put them in the oven’s bottom third section.

Step 3: Warm the Milk

In this step, you have to use the stove. First, warm the milk over medium heat until it is hot. Keep the temperature at 125 degrees F.

Avoid boiling it, or else your baking process will be in jeopardy. When you are done heating, remove the milk from the stove.

Step 4: The Whisking or Stirring Process

Put the salt and eggs in a large bowl. Start whisking them continuously until the mixture becomes smooth.

Then, continue mixing while adding in the warm milk (half cup). Now, add the flour and mix the whole thing slowly & gently. Finish this process when the lumps have vanished.   

Step 5: Take the Popover Pans Out From the Oven

You are almost at the finishing line, so stay patient. Take the pans out of the oven, and use cooking spray to spray the insides.

Using a pitcher, pour the batter on the pans. Go to the oven once again.

Step 6: Finishing Part

Bake the food for around 15 minutes at a temperature of 450 degrees F. Then, decrease the temperature to 350 degrees F, and bake for an extra 10 minutes.

Congrats! You are done with cooking popovers. Remove them pop from the pan to serve. Don’t waste time because they need to be served instantly.

Enjoy eating your popovers!

Some Tips

  • Popovers get soggy if you leave them for some time after removing them from the oven. To prevent this, take out the food from the pan by cutting it with a knife, which releases the steam.
  • Luckily, you can store them without any hassle. You just need to be a bit careful. Give them some time until thoroughly cooled. When they are not hot anymore, store them in a bag that is used for foods.
  • Avoid sealing popovers when they’re still hot. Doing so will create a warm atmosphere inside the bag, initiating the condensation process. Water droplets will start to form, which will ruin the taste of the popovers.
  • If you wish, you can decorate them with maple syrup, butter, honey, jam, and other similar ingredients. To take it to another level, you can add vegetables, cheese, fruit, or even meat.


Now, you know how to get popovers to rise. Make the best popovers for your friends and family members.

If you still have any query, consult with a professional without thinking twice.

Have a good day!

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