Garden Popovers (Herbed Garlic)

This recipe I have had since I was in girl scouts. It came out of a little pamphlet cookbook that was given to each girl in the troop for a cooking badge project.  The price on the cookbook is $.39.  and the date is 1958. What is fun about this little cookbook is that many of the recipes are written in narrative form and the ingredients are not listed separate from the directions.  Many cookbooks did this before the middle of the 20th century.

This is a wonderful old fashion recipe that is easy to make.  I always make them when I am baking something else like a casserole because they do take 45 minutes to bake. They are light and hollow inside with a egg bread flavor.  I have found that they will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days and you can reheat them for a few seconds in the microwave.

You have many options with this simple recipe.  Most of the time I leave out the herbs and garlic to make them plain.  They taste really good reheated with butter and jelly.  You can also choose the herbs you want.  The recipe actually calls for 1 clove of garlic crushed and snipped parsley, which is very good with spaghetti.  I have made them with a little dill weed to go with fish or a little thyme to go with a roast.  It is up to you and your taste.

Note*  If cooking for one or two people this recipe can be divided into thirds. One third of the recipe will make 2 popovers. 

The recipe calls for you to bake them in custard cups.  You can use ramekins also.  I have done both.  I also have a traditional popover pan but I don’t have good luck getting the popovers out of the long narrow cups even with a generous amount of greasing.  I like to use my large oversized cup cake pan that make 6 large muffins.  You can use whatever you have on hand to make them.  If you use a smaller size cupcake pan, I would reduce the time by 10 minutes and if they need more time you can add it.  Don’t peek during baking. Keep your oven door closed until they are done.


These are so easy to make because I was little when I started making them, so anyone can bake these.  They always turn out gorgeous.

Garden Popovers

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 3 tablespoons melted margarine or butter
  • 1 minced garlic clove (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon snipped parsley or 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs (optional)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven 400 degrees.  Prepare baking cups each with 1 teaspoon of margarine or butter be generous so the popovers will slide out.  If I am using custard cups or ramekins I do not preheat them.  When using pans you want preheat them until they are hot.

If you are using herbs and garlic add them to the melted margarine/butter . With an egg beater, beat the eggs well and add the cooled melted margarine/butter.  Carefully stir in flour, milk and salt. You don’t want to over mix and a few lumps are OK. This keeps them tender.  Pour into prepared cups about half full.  A standard cupcake pan takes 35 minutes. Custard cups and jumbo size cupcake pan takes 45 minutes. Absolutely do not open oven while baking you don’t want to deflate the popovers.

If cooking for only one or two people this recipe can be divided in thirds.  One third of this recipe will make 2 popovers.


This is a short video that shows how quick and easy they can be to mix up.  The cook is using a blender but it is not really needed.




9 Comments Add yours

  1. chefkreso says:

    These would make for a perfect brunch, they look lovely!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      They go with just about any occasion. Thanks for your comments.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Okay this is “food porn”, ha! I could not stop staring at the photo and I must make these!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. trkingmomoe says:

      You made me smile with that comment. Sometimes when I am digging around in youtube cooking videos there is foods that are like that. I think “wow, yummy,” I don’t make everything I see that I like that but it does give me courage to try new things.


  3. They look like Yorkshire puddings. I will try them. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Yes they are similar to Yorkshire pudding. Only they are lighter in texture. They are also fun to make.


  4. These look absolutely fantastic I don’t remember these from Girl Scouts but I definitely want to give them a try

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  5. I love love love popovers and do not make them often enough. I have a set of popover pans (well, I have two sets – I can’t remember why?!) but I like to use my muffin pan. So there ya go. 🙂 This looks fun and I like your variations.


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  6. My daughter loves garlic bread and Yorkshire puddings so looks like I will have to give these a go!!


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