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1850 Is The Oldest Known Reference To Popovers

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What better way to start March 10th then with National Blueberry Popover Day? Popovers are airy rolls that puff up when baked, popping over the edge of the tin.  They are light and crispy on the outside while the insides are warm and often hollow.  They can be filled with custards, creams and fruits for a sweet treat, especially blueberries.

  • The popover is an American twist on a Yorkshire pudding. Reportedly popular with settlers in Portland Oregon the treat was known as a Portland popover. Culinary records date the Yorkshire pudding from the 17th Century.
  • 1850 – The oldest known reference to popovers in a letter of E.E. Stuart.
  • 1876 – The first cookbook with a popover recipe was Practical Cooking by M.N. Henderson.
  • The ‘invention’ of popovers, like many food dishes, most likely took place by accident when someone used too much liquid in a recipe.
  • The name “popover” comes from the fact that the batter swells or “pops” over the top of the muffin tin while baking
  • Another name for them is Laplander, a term for the Sami people.
  • 23% reduced risk of Type II diabetes with 2 or more servings/week of blueberries
  • No other class of plant antioxidants matched that benefit
  • 7 mmHg drop in systolic blood pressure with 1 cup of blueberries/day (Blood pressure)
  • Reduce risk of heart disease by 32% with 4 or more servings/week of blueberries

Sources:

National Day Calendar

Days of the Year

Mobile-Cuisine

Wikipedia

Gables Institute

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