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what's wrong with my popovers?

I've been making popover for years. But I have found that the last couple of times they didn't rise or pop, they were small, hard and a real disappointment. I've been using the same recipe for years! Not what I want to serve my family. I came to the conclusion it's the eggs! They were not fresh. Once I made sure my eggs were fresh the popovers were great! Now I test my eggs first.

All you need are the eggs and a bowl of cold water.
Gently drop the egg into the bowl of water. If it:

sinks to the bottom and stays there, it is about three to six days old.
Sinks, but floats at an angle, it's more than a week old.
Sinks, but then stands on end, it's about two weeks old.
Floats, it's too old and should be discarded.

Feb 05, 2011
terezm in Home Cooking