2012/08/21

I think she took the stinkin' key... (TWD Baking w/ Julia: Popovers)

Well, Runner Girl is off to college.

Perhaps not settled, but she's off.

And we think she took the key to the post office box.

Missing key. Not helpful. (There is a spare...)



Oh, and my car is at the body shop.

It received a going away present - to the fender and headlight.

I think she was worried that I would miss her too much, so she created all sorts of diversions this week to help me take my mind off of things.

She loves her mommy that much...


Her sister is pleased to pronounce that she is FINALLY an only child. She's had to wait 17 years for that privilege.

So we made popovers.



Custardy, warm popovers.

With a little bit of cocoa powder added to send them into the dessert realm. Served up with a few dollops of sweetened whipped cream and raspberry puree.

And she didn't have to share. Or 'fess up to how many she'd eaten.

Because only children don't have to be accountable that way, you know?

(P.S. And yes, we all miss Runner Girl very much.)


This post participates in Tuesday with Dorie. For the popover recipe, please visit the site of this week's hosts: Paula of Vintage Kitchen Notes and Amy of Bake With Amy.

40 comments:

  1. Dessert popovers! If I show your post to my nieces, they're going to be asking for another go at these, as soon as possible.

    I like the idea of these, especially with the whipped cream and raspberry puree - yum!

    I bet Runner Girl's missing you and excited to get started all at once.

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  2. Oooh, nice twist, Cher! How are you doing, Mama?? The house is awfully quiet now that we're down to one kiddo...

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  3. Great variation adding cocoa! I think they need to be embellished. Try to enjoy your semi-empty nest, runner girl must be so excited! Have a great week!

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  4. They say that chocolate is good for the heart... and I am sure we are not talking of the cardiovascular system only.
    Perfect timing to add it to your popovers.

    As a mom of 2 young children I can only imagine how "empty" the house & heart must feel after they've taken wing.
    Sending you a big chocolately hug

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  5. oh my .. these look beyond delish.. chocolate.. must have been awesome!!

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  6. I love the idea of chocolate. But then again, I always love the idea of chocolate.

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  7. Yum, what a delicious, chocolaty variation. My heart is with you as my two aren't very far out of the nest. They do come back, maybe not to return a key, but that is a very wonderful experience too. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Chocolate improves most any recipe. These look delicious.
    Our youngest just got married--the day before his wedding the guys were doing yard work. He ran over the leaf blower. Blame it on wedding jitters!

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  9. Cher, I had never thought nor heard of Chocolate Popovers in my life - I think they look like such a pretty dessert to make, I just love that idea and since my kids were so enarmored with their odd shapes, I think this might be a very good choice for dessert this week.

    Have a good week and if you have a chance one of these days to try out the zucchini chutney, maybe you could let me know whether you liked it...

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  10. my girls have both left the house but i remember when the diva suddenly became an only child-we had a chance to spend time together and i miss that. it all happens so fast, in the blink of an eye. love that you did them with chocolate-i never thought of that!

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  11. Cher, I also never heard of cocoa in popovers but I love it!! Of course I love chocolate in anything!! I can’t wait to give them a try your way! Good luck to Runner Girl as she starts college…I hope the Karate Kid enjoys her status for awhile!!

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  12. Great twist! And, I love that dollop of cream in the center!

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  13. Cocoa sounds delicious! Also, I hope you're getting on okay without runner girl around.

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  14. I bet the cocoa was so good! I am going to have to try that at some point. And I hope you find your key. :)

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  15. Great idea to add chocolate, I might have liked them if I had done that!!

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  16. Um... Those look delicious! Especially with raspberry puree!

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  17. I am going to have to try the chocolate! Sounds yummy. I remember when my baby went off to college. She is a Senior now, but I miss her like crazy! I remember when my brother left home and I got to be an only child.

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  18. The chocolate addition sounds irresistible, almost eclair-like?

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  19. The mind reels at the popover possibilities! Now that I've broken in my popover pan, I can't wait to try more recipes. Your dessert popovers looks great!!

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  20. LOL - Runner Girl made sure you'd think of her! Love these popovers - they look delish.

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  21. I've never ever had a popover! I'm very impressed with the many variations and toppings I've been reading about and love your version! I think I'll have to give these another go.
    Laughing, runner girl is one smart cookie! My daughter has already learned distracting me means I leave her alone!

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  22. You did it! I'm honestly dreading and excited about this weekend all at the same time. So many emotions. She's already planning a "get together" with a girl she met during orientation so they can visit each other (different dorms). I just hope she will not break down when we leave because then I will bawl like a huge baby in front of everyone! My son, however, is going to miss her terribly. They are so similar in tastes in books, humor, etc. that I am going to have to find lots of diversions for him. It will be an adjustment for all of us for sure! Sorry about the fender bender! And the key!!

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  23. That's it...I'm adding cocoa to my next batch! What a great idea!

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  24. Love the chocolate touch! Ah, one gone, sad but good....my girls stayed in town for college so i don't know that feel. But I will say that I got some great letters from my mother when I went away to college. Today I guess it would be emails!

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  25. you're so funny, although I'll bet you miss R-girl already! glad it was cocoa, I was afraid you had burnt them!

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  26. Did you add sugar too? If so, how much? Gotta try it. Bread and chocolate -- nice! It's the name of one of my favorite bakeries, too. Good sign.

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  27. Chocolate popovers, what a great idea! Congrats on your daughter going off to college, and good luck with your car and the key...

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  28. I don't know much about popovers, but if you just invented chocolate popovers, then you are my hero for the week (actually, you're the hero, period, for the chocolate version of popovers, invented or not).

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  29. That's always the way with you. I'm just trying to get the poof in the popover and you're moving on to adding some who-would-have-thought-of-that ingredient to give it not only a poof and puff but flair. Frankly, I am surprised you didn't figure out how to make these on the grill - that's what I was waiting to read. Well done. While I am laughing (a little bit) about the Runner Girl-Bads that were left behind for you to deal with, I do know there's a big empty space in your house and your heart right now.

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  30. Thanks for sharing the cocoa idea - taking popovers to a new level!

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  31. oh ho ho ho...that sounds sooo tasty! Making it into a chocolately goodness sounds like the way to go!

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  32. I hope you find your key and get your car fixed (definitely a plan to ease momma's mind!). Love the idea of adding chocolate, will definitely have to try that!

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  33. YES to chocolate popovers. Love this idea. The whipped cream and the sauce look incredible. Great variation, Cher! xx

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  34. Now we are talking! I have been eyeing Tomas Keller's Chocolate Bouchons for quite some time...

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  35. How funny! I am guessing that Runner Girl keeps up with your blog. Anyway, congrats to Karate Kid/Girl for waiting 17 years to be first in line. And congrats to you for making a delicious chocolatey popover. Looks great!

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  36. Yum! Popovers with chocolate and raspberry and cream! Sounds amazing; will have to try some time. Goodluck with the emptier nest!

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  37. I think chocolate would be the key ingredient to getting my picky eater to try popovers! I love how pretty yours look.

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