I would wake up to the sound of him cleaning up dishes and clanking around the kitchen before work around 5am, until eventually we would all crawl out of bed to help. On Sundays, after we would cook a mountain of pancakes, my brother and I would go hiking with him at Sugar Creek Metro Park or grab our little fishing poles to see what we could catch amongst the cat tails. My college summers consisted of my dad and I getting up before the sun, grabbing a cup of coffee, and driving to the restaurant for work listening to talk radio the whole way.
If you haven't noticed, my dad's a serious morning person. And he has to be. I mean, he's a chef who has to be ready to manage a huge staff, design menus, and make a lot of hungry people happy every single day.
As much as we hated it growing up, I'm happy that he forced us to wake up early, be active, work, and not waste the day away. Now, I love starting my day with a good cup of coffee and a small breakfast before I get down to business.
So I wanted to introduce you all to the all-time most delicious breakfast food.
Oh guys they're seriously the best. Not really a muffin, nor a puff pastry per say, but SO buttery and flakey, and light and hollow on the inside! And they're hilarious to watch in the oven forming all sorts of surprising shapes! (Or at least I think so...)
They're so painfully easy to make too. Just a few simple ingredients in a bowl, whisk them up, and your good to go.
The trick to making popovers, is that you have to "bake" your pan brushed in butter, prior to pouring in the batter. I don't happen to have a muffin pan, so I just make due with this cupcake one, and they turned out just as well. The same amount of batter will fill up either kind. Probably a total of 10 minutes prep, 2 minutes to heat the pan, and 30 minutes to bake them, and you're ready to devour some seriously good eats.
So I look forward to the day I can share all of my new recipes and treats with him when he gets the chance to finally relax from his insane schedule. Show him what I've learned, mastered, and made up along the way. And even though this Father's Day I can't be there, and he's working to make all sorts of families happy, he'll always be in my heart and on my mind when I'm up early cooking.
Hope everyone has a great day!
Makes 12 popovers
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Using 1 tablespoon of melted butter, brush muffin tin, or cupcake tin and set aside.
1. In a large bowl using a whisk, mix together the flour, salt and eggs, then add the milk, and finally the melted butter until just combined. The batter should be very thin.
2. Place your pan, brushed with butter, in the oven for exactly 2 minutes. Remove pan and divide the batter; filling each cup 1/2-3/4 of the way full. Place back in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Do NOT open the oven, this put your popovers at risk for collapsing. Remove after 30 minutes and let cool for 5-10 minutes or eat immediately.