sometimes you need a challenge. when plain old cookies or brownies aren't cutting it for your celebratory needs, turn to these caramel-dipped, chocolate ganache- filled, cheddar cheese- spiked (!) popovers. they are a hint salty, richly sweet, and filled with creamy delicious chocolate mousse.
right now i feel like i imagine athletes in season feel-- the more that the sport demands, the more they do outside of the season as well. (aight my sports knowledge is now exhausted.) the more i have going on, generally, the more i feel like taking on. i'm sure i will be spent soon, ready to curl up for several days in bed and do nothing but read and dream up farm plans and eat large amounts of ice cream from the tub, but for now i am cruising. which was why during the week we were moving out of our house, i was training my replacement at work, planning a conference for the following weekend, and hosting my family who came to visit, i knew it was time to try out this recipe that felt way above my normal intrepid-ness level.
there is a jewish story about this dude honi the circle maker. (this relates-- bear with me.) this person comes to ask for advice and says, 'my house feels incredibly full! i have no room! i have far too many children, and now my parents and grandparents have come to live! how can i make more space?' honi says, 'first, bring in the donkey.' [dude is all upset & puzzled.] then he comes back to complain to honi that it feels even worse. then honi says, 'bring in the cow, the chickens, the goats.' this goes on until the house contains every dog and sheep in the town. finally, honi says, 'now take out the animals! problem solved!'
the point is, make these incredibly delicious, moist, mousse- filled, slightly salty, caramel squishy plops immediately, regardless of scheduling conflicts.