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Classic Breakfast Popovers
"I can't believe that!" said Alice.
"Can't you?" the queen said in a pitying tone. "Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes."
Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said. "One can't believe impossible things."
"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."-- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
To begin the practice of believing impossible things, especially before the breakfast hour, I suggest whipping up a batch of old-fashioned, classic popovers. If the voluminous pastries don't make a believer of the fantastic out of you, perhaps nothing will.
The light, airy, eggy puffs of bread that so wonderfully hold a spoonful of favorite preserves or marmalade always put me in a good mood for the day. I suggest starting them first thing upon waking, as while they are incredibly easy to make, they do take some oven time to get their full "pop" on. Mix up the 5-ingredient batter and "pop" it into the oven, sit down to your first cup of coffee or tea, and ponder the impossibly possible within you while you wait.