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Celebrate National Cherry Popover Day with a healthy treat

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According to a website that charts holidays and unofficial holidays, Sept. 1 is National Cherry Popover Day. It doesn't sound like it, but cherry popovers have several health benefits mainly because of the cherries. Cherries are a good source of melatonin, which can stimulate your brain and help you sleep better at night.

A popover is a doughy type of muffin made from egg batter. It is called a "popover" because as it bakes, the dough rises to "pop over" the edge of the muffin tin and forms a hollow shell. You can then fill the center with a sweet or a savory filling or topping. On any other day, fill you popover with whatever you like such as butter, jam, gravy, or a delicious cherry sauce. Since today is National Cherry Popover Day, choose the cherry sauce.

Popovers are the American version of Yorkshire pudding and similar batter puddings made in England since the 17th century. Popovers may be served either as a sweet treat that is topped with fruit and whipped cream for breakfast or with afternoon tea, or with meats at lunch and dinner.

Other American popover variations include replacing some of the flour with pumpkin puree and adding spices such as allspice or nutmeg. Most American popovers today, however, are not flavored with meat or herbs. Instead, they have a buttery taste.

You can make a batch of popovers and smother them with a homemade cherry sauce to celebrate National Cherry Popover Day, or you can purchase them from your local bakery. You are sure to please your family, and you will enjoy them too.

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