Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, July 2, 2012


I love quick breads and they're great for breakfast.    They mix up in a jiffy, bake quickly and you can have hot breakfast bread in a thrice!

I adore biscuits (especially with eggs and bacon), love muffins (of any kind), scones are a great addition for breakfast.    But my favorite breakfast quick bread has got to be . . .

A popover pan is not a "must" -- you can make them in a muffin tin!

The popover!      An eggy interior and crusty exterior -- a perfect vehicle for melted butter!     And although the popover is classified as a "quick" bread, it isn't quite so quick as a muffin or a biscuit.     It's at least 1/2 hour of cooking time and so, many mornings, I put my popover pan back in the cabinet (I am a slow learner!) and realize that for breakfast popovers you have to plan ahead!

But I did plan ahead this week.     And while I read the paper, the popovers baked at 450 for 20 minutes.     While I did the crossword, the popovers baked at 350 for 20 minutes.     Then, I was ready for breakfast and the popovers were fresh out of the oven!

Most mornings it's breakfast for one at Linderhof

A napkin makes a good table mat especially for one.      Tea is my beverage of choice for breakfast -- brewed in the much loved Emile Henry teapot.  

A new plate -- a Spode blue and white plate -- a gift from a Kansas City friend

 Fresh wild blackberries from the Farmer's market with a goodly pour of cream and a shower of sugar, two popovers (I'm not greedy) with butter -- lots of butter.

Popover and butter -- there's not much better!

For their eggy interior soaks up that butter as it melts into the warm popover.      I ate both.    They were sooo good!     And one thing about popovers is that they are really only good fresh and hot from the oven.     They're not as good once they've cooled off!    (And it's hard for butter to melt in a cold popover!)

Popovers make lovely tea fare as well.    (And they are a first cousin of that traditional British food -- Yorkshire Pudding.)    But I really prefer them for breakfast.    Perhaps, because it was my grandmother that first made them for me and always made them when I spent my week with her in the summer!    They were our special breakfast that we shared -- she and I -- after my aunt and uncle had left for the day.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Marty at a Stroll Thru Life for tabletop Tuesday.


Snap said...

Popovers and tea (love the blue and white) ... perfect!!! Happy Tea Day!

On Crooked Creek said...

Thought I'd "pop over" to see what goodies you have baked today! YuM! This looks so~o~o~o good! I'm sure the memory behind your breakfast makes it even better!!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Martha
I think I would have eaten both of the popovers too. My Yorkshire pudding is basically popovers as I make mine in muffin pans. Crumpets are my favorite for breakfast, store bought though.

Bookie said...

I have never made popovers. These look delicious--the whole plate of food does.And the new plate, so pretty!!!

Bookie said...

I have never made popovers. These look delicious--the whole plate of food does.And the new plate, so pretty!!!

Olive said...

I have never had a popover but you have me convinced that I would love them.


OMG.. I am drooling over this pop-overs!! Such lovely table for tea too. Happy 4th. of July to you and yours.

Beth said...

Oh my goodness! The popovers look absolutely delicious! Yum!!!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, I love popovers although I think I've made them only once. I have made Yorkshire Pudding many times though and we love it here. Your breakfast for one looks scrumptious, Martha. And your pretty blue china is always a pleasure to see. Thanks for joining me for tea and enjoy your July 4th holiday.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I LOVE popovers, too, Martha. Wish I could share one with you and a cup of tea!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I use to make popovers all the time..wonder why I stopped?

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh these sound so good. I would love some. Do you have a special recipe you could share? Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

Crafts a la Mode said...

These look great. Would love to make some. Thanks for sharing. I found you through the HGTV forums. Linda

Cass @ That Old House said...

I am pea green with envy. I tried making popovers -- twice -- and had two disasters. ACK.
I did them in muffin pans, as I don't have popover pans, but still -- I'm not that bad a cook! But popovers have defeated me, and I love them.

Maybe when the weather cools down I shall try again ... and call you if I run into trouble!

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