Orange Nutmeg Popovers


Orange Nutmeg Popovers | From My Sweet Heart

Well you can’t take it with you.  So you might as well bake with it!

Nutmeg is one of my favorite spices and it combines beautifully with orange to make these popovers something extra special. 

Popovers are really so easy to make because they require only 5 ingredients, all of which are combined in a blender.  Today, I chose to add orange zest, freshly grated nutmeg and freshly cracked black pepper to create such a subtle hint of sweetness and a warmth and heat which permeate each sumptuous bite of this oddly formed, egg-like bread!  I served these orange nutmeg popovers with…..

. . . . . a home made Autumn Fruit Chutney.


Autumn Fruit Chutney | From My Sweet Heart


This is a pretty versatile popover recipe.  Switch out the orange and nutmeg and add any other ingredients that you enjoy.  I can see this popover recipe made with cheese and herbs as a side to your meal; or filled with a hearty chicken divan and being the star of the show. There are lots of ways to vary how you prepare and serve these!  But what I really love is that all the ingredients are tossed and mixed in a blender!  Easy to do and even easier to clean up!



Orange Nutmeg Popovers | From My Sweet Heart


Yields:  6 popovers

Level of Difficulty:  Easy



  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of whole milk, at room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • zest of 1 large orange

Put the milk, eggs and butter in a blender and combine for about 10 seconds.  Next, add the flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg and orange zest and blend for another 20 seconds until combined. Can you believe how easy that was?  Let the batter rest at room temperature for an hour.



Orange Nutmeg Popovers | From My Sweet Heart


Preheat your oven to 375°F.  Position a rack in the center of the oven leaving about 4 inches of space above the pan to allow the popovers to rise.  Generously butter the inside of the tins and place the pan in the oven for about 2 minutes.  Carefully remove the pan and pour the batter into each tin about halfway full.  Place the pan back in the oven and bake until the popovers are firm and golden brown, about 30 minutes.  DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR WHILE THEY ARE COOKING!  (I kept my oven light on to resist this temptation!)  I’ve read that you can prick the popovers with a toothpick when they come out of the oven to prevent them from collapsing.  But to me, they are much like a souffle, and are going to deflate a little anyway. These are best served warm from the oven.



Orange Nutmeg Popovers | From My Sweet Heart





Adapted from Savory Baking


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  1. says

    These are incredible, Anne! I love pop-overs. but have never made them! Your pictures are absolutely scrumptious! (and I loved the Dr. Seuss quote) Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Angie! I personally, have only ever used a popover pan. But I’ve read some other popover reviews in which the readers reported using a standard muffin tin with success. The popover pans are definitely deeper so you would get a higher rise. But most important is heating the pan before filling them. And only fill the pan halfway with batter. And absolutely no peeking! : ) If you try these with a muffin tin…..please let me know how they turned out! Happy Baking!

  2. Sandra says

    I’ve never had popover before but hopefully I will remedy that soon. I’m so curious to find out how the black pepper tastes in these. You make different things and I think that’s very exciting.

  3. says

    That is one Dr. Suess quote I’ve never seen before! I like it. And your popovers too! What an intriguing mix of spices you added. Bet they’re delicious!

  4. says

    Anne, I just love the combination of orange, nutmeg and black pepper (mmm…) in these gorgeous popovers – your recipe reminds a lot of the one I use for yorkshire pudding (only your tins are much prettier and your rise much better :) I have not had fresh nutmeg in the house for a couple of months now and have to fix that! I really miss the taste fresh grated nutmeg – there’s nothing like it. Thanks for the reminder. I eagerly await your fall fruit chutney!

  5. says

    I’ve always said that most of my favorite foods are simple things made with great (but few) ingredients. Popovers are a perfect example. So simple, but so fabulous. As always, your recipe and your photos are stunning. Thanks, Anne! Can’t wait to give this one a go. -jeanne

  6. hometownfriend says


    The Proud Popover may be gone from Boston but you need to try the Jordan Pond Restaurant in Bar Harbor, ME inside Acadia National Park. Not that their popovers rival these but it is worth checking out.

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