Blueberry Popovers for Evil Geniuses (DOTA 2)
I’ll admit it here that like most DOTA 2 spectators, I have my team favorites. I won’t name them because for the sake of this writing and the integrity of my social media accounts, I try to remain as neutral as possible. I will say though, that Evil Geniuses (EG) are among one of the most popular DOTA 2 teams out there. This North American team is notorious for using the phrase, “Bleed Blue”, as their team color is… blue. So as I curled up thinking about what dish to make in their honor I fell deep in thought. Blue isn’t the most appealing color when you think about it. Did you ever see blue eggs and ham? How about a blue cake? I mean, if you intentionally dye food blue then sure… you can make a blue cake or cupcake. But I didn’t want to go that route.
Instead, I turned to something much more natural: blueberries. Blueberry popovers to be exact. The only problem was that I had never made a popover, mainly because I knew they were like souffles. Once you remove them from the heat they begin shrinking. Translation: I had approximately 20 seconds to get them out of the oven, onto the plate, and take a good looking picture. I felt like an athlete clad in oven mittens. Meanwhile Mr. Noob Chef was at the ready with my camera. It was “go time”. As the timer dinged I flew open the oven door, snatched the muffin tin, scooped out a popover, sprinkled on a dash of powdered sugar, and raced into the sunlight for the photo. So you have my sincerest apologies if this isn’t the most beautiful picture. Now you know why! 😉
Now let’s pause a moment and learn a little more about this very, popular team:
Evil Geniuses, or EG as it is commonly abbreviated, is a stalwart of North American e-sports. They currently are the reining champions of The International 2015. Team captain, Ppd is joined by Fear, Sumail, Bulba and Aui_2000.
EG has always been known to be able to perform and place high in big tournaments. Looking through their team history would consistently show 1st – 3rd place finishes. A big part of their success is due to Ppd skills as a captain and drafter which a lot of people consider as one of the best among the pro teams.
Known as the “lower bracket kings”, EG is notorious for losing a few games in the early stages of the tournament only to adapt quickly and come back strong to take it all the way to the Grand Finals. While they are currently in the lower bracket in the Manila Major, it would be a major mistake to underestimate them.
All in all, these popovers tasted wonderful and were very easy to make. The blueberries certainly “bled blue” as I cut into the side of the pastry and I think Evil Geniuses would be a tiny bit proud. So grab your muffin tins everyone and let’s get cooking!
Yield: 6 large popovers
- 3 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 equal-sized pieces
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, or to taste
- 1 lemon, halved
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Put a piece of butter into each of 6 large muffin cups.
- Put muffin tin in preheated oven until butter melts, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
- Beat milk, eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Whisk flour into the milk mixture until you have a batter. Divide batter between muffin cups. Drop even amounts of blueberries into each batter portion. Stir 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over the batter portions.
- Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue baking until popovers are no longer moist in the center, about 25 minutes. Dust tops of popovers with confectioners’ sugar. Squeeze lemon juice over popovers. Serve warm.