Popover pans are distinguished from regular muffin tins by their deep, steep-sided wells. This forces the batter upwards and results in a popover with a puffy dome and crispy sides.
Many popover pans have the cups welded to a wire rack. While this looks odd, it promotes even circulation of air and heat around the tins. Most are also made from heavy steel or cast aluminum coated with a nonstick surface. We hear that seasoned cast iron makes the very best popovers, but these pans can only to be found by eagle-eyed shoppers at thrift stores and garage sales these days.
If you're in the market, take a look at these pans:
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Do you own a popover tin? Do you think one is necessary?
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