Growing up my Mother would always take us to the Neiman Marcus Cafe. To this day, it is still one of our favorite places and we love that they still have so many of the same delicious signature items on their menu that we enjoyed so many years ago.
In a few weeks, I have some friends coming down to stay with us for the weekend, and since I want to make them a memorable and special brunch, I thought I would buy the Neiman Marcus Cookbook which has all of the Cafe's best recipes.
Below, is one of my ultimate favorites that I thought I would share with you. It's sure to make your next brunch a hit. While you can make the strawberry butter the night before, the popovers (make sure to buy a popover pan) are best when made fresh that morning.
From the Neiman Marcus Cookbook
For the strawberry butter
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 cup good-quality strawberry preserves
For the popovers
3 1/2 cups milk
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 large eggs
To make the strawberry butter
Place the butter in the work bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high until light and fluffy. Add the preserves and beat until well combined. This spread will last for two to three days in the fridge.
To make the popovers
Preheat the over 450F
Place the milk in a bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes, or until warm to the touch.
Sift the flour, salt, and baking power together in a large mixing bowl.
Crack the eggs into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk and beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until foamy and pale in color.
Turn down the mixer to low and add the warm milk.
Gradually add the flour mixture and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Turn the machine off and let the batter rest for 1 hour at room temperature.
Spray a popover tin generously with nonstick spray.
Fill the popover cups almost to top with the batter and place the popover tin on a cookie sheet.
Transfer to the oven and bake 15 minutes.
Turn down the oven temperature to 375F and bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer, or until the popover are a deep golden brown on the outside and airy on the inside.
Turn out the popovers and serve hot with strawberry butter.