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The Battle for a No-Fail Nourishing Popover
Posted By Jami Delgado On March 1, 2012 @ 3:00 am In Baked Goods,Breakfast,Recipes,Snacks | Comments Disabled
Guest Post by Jami Delgado
Popovers have become a bit of an obsession of mine. Why? Well, because they are quick, fun and everyone seems to be super impressed with your cooking skills when you make them for dinner parties. The problem arises when one wants to make a nourishing popover that is devoid of refined flour.
In reality, popovers are not difficult to make at all. Follow a few simple rules and you will have lovely popovers that overtake your tins and do not collapse after being removed from the oven. Previous to my real food  conversion, I would make popovers with good ol’ all-purpose flour. Of course, I don’t touch the stuff now.
So what’s a real foodie girl to do if she wants to make her famous popovers? I could always just make a whole wheat version and tweak my recipe just a bit, but there was that pesky phytic acid issue . We really do notice a difference when we don’t soak or ferment grains. So, I set out to create the elusive nourishing popover.
I have to tell you, I tried. I tried soaking my regular recipe, I wound up with something that resembled hockey pucks. I tweaked the recipe, soaked, and wound up with more hockey pucks. I tweaked yet again, soaked, and wound up with muffin-ish things. For the life of me, I couldn’t fathom why this particular item wouldn’t work. I’ve converted plenty of regular recipes into real food recipes for Eat Nourishing  and I’ve made perfect popovers before. After about four attempts, I gave up the soaking method and decided that maybe I would have better luck with my sourdough.
Sourdough popovers? Wouldn’t that be awesome? It probably would, but I think they are imaginary. Even after consulting with some of my best sourdough sources, I could not find an answer as to why my sourdough popovers wouldn’t “pop.” After three sourdough attempts I concluded that a nourishing wheat popover cannot be done.
But I didn’t want to leave you all empty handed without a fun recipe to try. The fact is that a nourishing popover can be done. And you don’t even have to soak, ferment or sprout anything. That’s right, crusty popovers that you only need to mix and bake.
These no-fail, (fairly) quick, grain-free, gluten-free popovers are made with amazing arrowroot powder . I say amazing because it truly is. I have begun to use this easily digestible ingredient in my kitchen more and more. It does far more than simply act as a thickening replacement for corn starch or an ingredient for baby cookies. Its unique properties give it the ability to act in an almost glutenous way. I’ve even made grain-free cream puffs with it.
Though it is pure white, arrowroot is not refined. It is simply the tubers that are pounded to a pulp and the liquid is dried. Be aware though, some arrowroot is not pure arrowroot, but is adulterated with other starches like potato or tapioca. Know your supplier.
These make fantastic snacks that you can whip up in about 5 minutes and walk away for an hour. They would also be a fun breakfast item. These popovers are crusty on the outside and have a hollow, chewy center. Serve them up with cream cheese, grass-fed butter, your favorite preserves or fresh fruit.
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