I think Pop-Overs are a good addition to a Norwegian Easter because they are such a quintessential part of a Minnesota potluck, and there are a lot of Norwegians in Minnesota… There used to be underwriting messages on NPR for the Bank of Lutherans or something like that, and I remember that there was a woman with a strong Minnesota accent who said, “You can’t have a potluck without pop-overs” and then a voice over that said “Ahhhh Lutherans”. I wish I could find it now, it might be my favorite radio ad ever.
Preheat the oven to 425°. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar and orange zest. Whisk in the milk and 3 tablespoons of the melted butter. In another bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until only small lumps remain.
Brush the cups of a muffin tin (preferably not nonstick) with the remaining 1 tablespoon of melted butter and heat the muffin tin in the oven for 5 minutes; the butter will turn a nutty brown. Carefully fill the muffin cups halfway with the popover batter. Bake the popovers for about 30 minutes, until they are risen and browned. Turn the popovers out onto a serving platter and serve them right away.
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 1/4 cups milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt