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National Raspberry Pop Over Day – May 3, 2023

National Raspberry Popover Day is held on May 3 every year. It acknowledges a simple dessert treat similar to the British Yorkshire Pudding but is in a class of its own. The humble Raspberry Pop Over, also known as a Raspberry Tart, takes its name from how it bakes and ‘pops’ over the edges of the baking pan. Made from flour, eggs, milk, butter, salt, and raspberries, the Raspberry Popover is enjoyed best at breakfast, for which it’s usually made sweet Read on to learn more about this mouth-watering dessert.

History of National Raspberry Pop Over Day

Yorkshire Pudding is an English baked batter dish that emerged in Yorkshire in the 1600s. By the late 1850s, it began to appear in the early Americas as Popovers. In 1876, “The Practical Cooking” cookbook published the first known recipe for the popover.

Historically, the popover owes its survival and place in society to its simple recipe using cost-effective ingredients. Made for anyone and by anyone, the popover has established itself in households with different incomes and backgrounds. In almost every New England state, the popover has its own story and recipe, with slight variations and additions to the mixture that make it unique to its city or state. The popover is a well-loved dish and can be served alone or with anything. Its distinct ingredients allow people to enjoy them with a savory or sweet filling.

What primarily helped the popularity and sustainability of the popover were and to a large extent still is, the ease of making it. Ingredients are readily available and accessible, as was the case during the American Civil War. Thus, the popover managed to survive a civil war. Although it’s most popular in New England states, over the last few decades, it has become increasingly sought after worldwide.

So go out and bake yourself a Raspberry Pop Over Day treat!

National Raspberry Pop Over Day timeline

1861
The Supplies Run Low

America launches into one of its bloodiest conflicts and as the nation is torn apart, supplies run low, and popovers are made using minimum essentials.

1870
The Popovers are Commercialized

Melvin Tibbetts founds Jones Pond House in Acadia National Park, a favorite and well-known dining spot that serves popover varieties.

1896
The Electric Oven Comes to the U.S.

William S. Hadaway Jr., the first American to patent his design of the electric oven, revolutionizes cooking and baking for Americans everywhere.

2020
The Great Raspberries Harvest

The world produces and consumes 895,771 tonnes of raspberries.

National Raspberry Pop Over Day FAQs

What’s the difference between a popover and Yorkshire pudding?

The primary difference between the two is that traditionally, a Yorkshire pudding is seeped and baked in beef fat.

Can I make them myself?

Yes, they are incredibly straightforward to bake. All you need is a recipe and an oven, and you are good to go.

How many calories are in a raspberry popover?

The number may vary slightly based on ingredients. Typically, they contain around 160 calories each.

National Raspberry Pop Over Day Activities

  1. Bake some delicious treats

    They’re not hard to make. Raspberries are always a lovely additive to a great baked dish. Try your hand and learn something new.

  2. Go to a nearby bakery

    If you’re not the baking kind, then most bakeries should be able to give you what you need. Make a few calls, and pick up your popovers.

  3. Share your popover recipe

    If you’re a seasoned popover creator, pop your recipe online, and let others share your experience.

5 Facts About Raspberries

  1. There are hundreds of species of raspberry

    Raspberries are typically red, and we accept them that way; however, with over 200 species of raspberry, they can be red, purple, golden, black, or yellow, with their unique characteristics, colors, sweetness, tartness, etc.

  2. They’re good for you

    Raspberries can improve digestive health, help reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and promote healthy heart function; some studies indicate their helpfulness in preventing cancer.

  3. That crunch is from the seeds

    The satisfying crunch you get when you take a bite is from the 100-120 seeds in an average raspberry.

  4. They are an ancient berry

    Believed to have been around and consumed in prehistoric times, it was only in the 1600s that the raspberry became a cultivated fruit.

  5. They stop ripening after you pick them

    Once you remove a raspberry from its perch, it stops the growing process and will not ripen further.

Why We Love National Raspberry Pop Over Day

  1. It's a sweet treat

    Raspberry Pop Over Day means we have an excuse to indulge in something sweet. What a wonderful this always is!

  2. They’re not hard to make yourself

    Anyone can make a raspberry popover. Popovers are simple to make, meaning anyone can celebrate the day.

  3. It's a fun office activity

    We get to spread a little office cheer and raise morale. Bringing in a couple of raspberry popovers makes your day.

National Raspberry Pop Over Day dates

YearDateDay
2023May 3Wednesday
2024May 3Friday
2025May 3Saturday
2026May 3Sunday
2027May 3Monday

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