Bleu Cheese Walnut Popovers with Saffron Pear Pearls, Custard Egg, and Beer Head

  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins


27grams AP Flour
220grams blue cheese
20grams caster sugar
80grams walnuts
1-- egg, separated
Saffron Pearls
2-- pears
10grams honey
40grams sugar
5-- saffron threads
Egg Custard
800grams cream
200grams milk
200grams yolks
80grams caster sugar
150grams white chocolate
4grams lemon zest
Beer head
1-- bottle of stout beer


For popovers

  1. Whip sugar with egg yolk in a kitchen aid with a flat paddle attachment; add flour and walnuts until incorporated on slow speed.  
  2. Melt the cheese in a microwave until soft, and then fold in with the first mixture.
  3. Whip the egg white and fold with the rest of ingredients. Put into molds and cook at 205C oven for 10-15 minutes. 

For saffron pearls

  1. Peel and mellonball the pears into a round shape, put into a microwavable container with the rest of ingredients and cook for 2 minutes or until the pears are soft

For egg custard

  1. Cut the top of the egg with a serrated knife, empty the shell, and save it for. Bring the milk to the boil with the sugar, and the lemon zest.
  2. Make an emulsion with the white chocolate. Mix the cream and the yolks together and add to the milk/chocolate mixture.
  3. Pass through a fine strainer. Fill the custard into the empty shells and bake in the 85C oven for an hour or until the custard is set.

To Plate: 

  1. For original effect, place the custard eggs and popovers into the egg carton.
  2. With a hand blender whip up the beer and skim off the foam and place it on top of the egg. 

Recipe courtesy of Boris Portnoy


Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 680
  • Glycemic Load 5
  • Fat 52g
  • Saturated Fat 28g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 15g
  • Cholesterol 365mg
  • Sodium 380mg
  • Potassium 300mg
  • Carbohydrate 39g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 29g
  • Protein 14g
  • Trans Fat 1g
  • Vitamin A 35%
  • Vitamin C 4%
  • Calcium 25%
  • Iron 6%