Honey and lemon cream cheese popovers

Honey and lemon popovers with Philly

Today’s post was an experiment in more ways than one, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve virtually already read it.

Honey and lemon popovers with philly

I was making them yesterday evening and I never intended to create a new type of blog event but that’s what I ended up doing.

It’s nothing official but I’m definitely doing it again.

It’s simple, all you do is Instagram what you cook as you go along with the hashtag #IgCookAlong

Being a geek, I have my Instagram account set up to stream into Tumblr and/or Twitter and/or my Facebook page and/or the footer of my blog. Not to all places all the time but the Instagram app is flexible enough for you to decide which pics go where.

And it started with a snap of my new cheapo mini Bundt tin bought for £2 in Walthamstow Market, I’ve never seen one anywhere else so don’t ask me where else to get them.

It was raining the day I bought it and it had rust on it by the time I got it home, that’s how cheap it was.

Honey and lemon popovers with Philly

And after I’d instagrammed the mini Bundt tin, I thought why not instagram what I’m doing as I go along.

And I’ll call it #IgCookAlong

Maybe #IgCookAlong will become this really popular hashtag on Instagram, and I’ll know it was me who started it. (Incidentally I forget to check whether anyone else was doing it but I don’t think they were).

You see Instagram confuses me. Some people on have to fart on there and 4,875 people say they like it within 3 minutes. I find that pretty weird – I reckon repeated social media fawning like this could seriously inflate someone’s ego.

So I just go along my own sweet way, I invent #IgCookAlong and if anyone does it as well, whenever they like, however they like, I don’t care. And if they don’t I don’t care either but I’m going to do it again sometime soon.

Honey and lemon popovers with Philly

The only rule I’ll apply to #IgCookAlong is that it’s way more fun if you do it when you’re cooking something you’ve never done before.

You see I didn’t have a clue whether these popovers in mini Bundt tins were going to go belly up or what.

Honey and lemon popovers with Philly

And the first tin pretty much did. I got them out the oven too early, I’d over filled the mini Bundt rings.

Honey and lemon popovers with Philly

But that’s ok because I could spread my filling on them anyway – a blend of manuka honey with Philly.

Not just any old manuka honey, I’d got my sticky paws on a jar of this New Zealand Honey Co manuka honey perked up lemon. Apparently there’s a root ginger version too.


I also used this Steenberg’s Organic Fairtrade Vanilla Extract which came in the goodie bags at last year’s Food Blogger Connect. Ignore the za’atar, I assure you there is no za’atar in these popovers.

Honey and lemon popovers with Philly

Ok so they’re yorkies with honey and cream cheese on them. Not quite what I had mind but still pretty good, especially drizzled with maple syrup.

Honey and lemon popovers with Philly

But the beauty of #IgCookAlong was that I could immediately share that actually it hadn’t been a disaster, my second batch with trays filled more carefully and oven at a lower temperature came out perfectly.

I love how they look like doughnuts.

Today I heard the after school club play leader telling some children they never serve doughnuts in the after school club because “they’re not very healthy” – which is true.

These ringed batter puffs were too all intents and purposes Yorkshire puddings as we know them here – to emphasise their dessert quality I added the vanilla extract otherwise I might just as easily have poured gravy on them.

Honey and lemon popovers with Philly

And I couldn’t resist an opportunity to get the piping bag out and fill those round holes with my mix of Philly and Honey. I grated some lemon zest on top to emphasise the lemon some more.

So if you’re on Instagram and you take one photo of what you’re cooking, don’t stop, take six, take ten pictures and use the hashtag #IgCookAlong so I know what you’re doing 😉

Recipe: Honey and Lemon Cream Cheese Popovers
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Serves: 12 mini bundts
  • 1tbsp melted butter
  • 125g plain flour (1 cup)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 290ml milk (1¼ cups)
  • ½ tsp fair trade vanilla extract
  • For the filling
  • 200g Philadelphia
  • 75g Manuka honey with lemon (or just plain old honey with a squeeze of lemon juice)
  • grated zest of half a lemon
  1. Preheat the oven to 200c / gas 6.
  2. Grease the tin or spray it with some whizzy Dr Oetker aerosol cake release spray.
  3. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl.
  4. Whisk the eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients over the flour and beat with a balloon whisk until blended and smooth-ish. Decant the batter to a jug.
  6. Meanwhile pop the tin into the oven for a couple of minutes to heat it up.
  7. Take the tin back out of the oven and quickly serve small pools of the batter into the 12 hole tin (ok, go on you can use a normal muffin tin if you don't fancy coming to Walthamstow Market), bake for 12-14 minutes until puffed up and golden brown. Don't open the oven during cooking but when you get them out give them a poke to see if they're cooked underneath.
  8. Pierce each popover with a skewer to let the steam out. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin and arranging upside down on a plate. Meanwhile combine your honey and philly in a bowl by mashing with a fork. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle (this is optional, you can just spoon it into the holes instead if you want).
  9. Pipe Philly honey mixture into the holes. Sprinkle over grated lemon zest and serve whilst still warm.
You will need a mini ring tin like this from Walthamstow Market for £2. Last stop on north bound Victoria line. Text me if you want to meet for coffee.


I am linking these popovers up with Nazima and Laura’s One Ingredient lemon event, Helen’s fair trade themed Breakfast Club and Ros and Caroline’s Alpha Bakes letter H (for Honey) event.

Breakfast-Club-logoOne-ingred-lemonAlphaBakes LogoWith thanks to New Zealand Honey Co and Dr Oetker for sample product.

Lastly, in other news I have turned off the static home page with picture carousel on the site because it wasn’t showing up very well on mobile devices. I hope this improves your mobile experience reading the site.


    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Me neither. Although I haven’t investigated online, they must be sold elsewhere.

  1. says

    These are so cute!! They look delicious too – honey, lemon and cream cheese – what’s not to love? I like taking step by step pictures as I’m baking so #IgCookAlong sounds perfect for me :)

  2. says

    These are adorable! You know, I think you’ve hit on a great idea with the #IgCookAlong event (not sure that event is quite the right word but can’t think of an alternative)! I often feel like I’m just rambling away to myself on Instagram on the odd occasion that I post photos of the progression of whatever I’m making. I’ll definitely be joining in!

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Thanks! I guess I could set a time when people do it but I wouldn’t want everyone cooking same thing! And it’s more fun if you don’t know if it’s going to work!!!!

  3. says

    Mmmmmm these look like they taste divine. Need to get myself one of these tins me thinks… also just signed up for Instagram – have always meant to but never got around to it. So many social media doo-dahs, so little time!

  4. says

    Sarah, love popovers and the children would love me for making these. They are so light and fluffy I could easily eat far too many in one go!
    Thanks so much for entering #oneingredient and I also love your photos :-)

  5. says

    Well hello mini popovers! Like Yorkshire Puds? I love them anyway!!! Now I must purchase me one of those tins too. Fab stuff xx

  6. says

    I love your mini bundt tin! I’ve never had sweet Yorkshire puddings (equivalent of popovers) before but I have heard about them – might have to try some! Thanks for entering it into Alphabakes!

  7. says

    Love those little Bundt tins and the popovers look delicious. Need to get an iphone so I can play those instagram cookalongs.

  8. says

    I love the Instagram cook along idea and will defo be doing that myself. In fact, I am cooking something new on Sunday so look out for my little pics. I have my Instagrams linked to my blog too so you are not the only one. Only a matter of time before they get linked to Facebook and twitter.

    And as for the popovers!! Well my girls would eat donuts all day if I let them, except I don’t and never buy them. Maybe I could get myself some mummy brownie points by making these :)

  9. says

    Great idea. A popover pan has been on my want list since I saw Martha’s show on them – I’ve asked my American chum to bring me some on his next visit!
    Btw I have the exact same pan – I got it when I went shopping with Cupcake Kelly in Brixton – also for £2!

  10. says

    The tin looks amazing! Love the idea of #igcookalong – will give it a try and also now I’ve found you on Instagram! No farting from me though 😉

    Keep meaning to make popovers, love the idea of the philly & honey to compliment them!

  11. says

    Yay m totally making this. You see I have “the tin”! Till now I was clueless about what to bake in it (except for mini bundts).
    Thanx for sharing.