salty caramel popovers with chocolate mousse filling

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.

these little flavor blobs will rock your socks off

these little flavor blobs will rock your socks off

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.

whip it real good

whip it real good

just fill em up halfway

just fill em up halfway

perfect golden circle

perfect golden circle

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!' 

i dip you dip we dip

i dip you dip we dip

get it???!?

the point is, make these incredibly delicious, moist, mousse- filled, slightly salty, caramel squishy plops immediately, regardless of scheduling conflicts.

this post makes me embarrassed by its sheer decadence

this post makes me embarrassed by its sheer decadence

recipe i found in a bon appetit lying around the office. i think it was contributed by this hip man duo. om nom nom. they are so, so good-- the texture alone will make you plotz.

challah challah

shabbat, i love you. and not just for the carb heavy dairy potlucks at synagogue, and not just for the excuse to eat ungodly amounts of buttery, honey-filled, slightly underbaked challah. although that is a big part of it.

such pleasing little dough plops

such pleasing little dough plops

i love you for the island in time. i love you for the space you offer to rest, relax, read, rejuvenate. i love you for the space to fight with each other, to thresh, discuss, learn. i love you for a whole day when the world is different, paused, gentle. even when i have a skillshare event to attend for work, packing to accomplish, or errands to take care of, on shabbas i feel a sense of the holy with me all day. a sense that in my daily life, with my daily bread, i am being invited to experience sacred space right here in this moment.

roll em thin. they can get a lot longer than you think.

roll em thin. they can get a lot longer than you think.

i tell you what, it doesn't get much more holy feeling than melted butter mixed with honey and kneaded through some yeasty yeasty dough. i appreciate judaism so much for its sense that spirit lives in the mundane-- in each bite we take, a blessing, and BOOM, the sacred. we get to feel the holy each time we snack. so, for some of us, constantly.

make two pairs. start with moving the left over the right in each pair.

make two pairs. start with moving the left over the right in each pair.

(side & completely unrelated note: have you noticed that there are literally hundreds of thousands of hashtags on instagram #carbsmakeyoufat? that is actually a tag that thousands of people have wanted to attach to their thoughts. also there is something called the thirty bananas a day diet which i find HORRIFYING to contemplate. do not know what to make of any of this.)

then, twist the middle two. go back to moving left over right in both pairs. twist central two again.

then, twist the middle two. go back to moving left over right in both pairs. twist central two again.

let's make a new hashtag: #carbsmakeyouholy.

repeat this pattern until you have an enormous challah.

repeat this pattern until you have an enormous challah.

we made two types of braids: one standard 4-thread braid, and a celtic knot. (when we used to do dinner crew on friday nights with students, we would challenge them to look up complex knots on the interwebs and try to replicate them. resulted in some epic fails and AMAZING challot.) photos below show the celtic knot process.

divide into four chunks. roll out. start with two u-shaped pieces.

divide into four chunks. roll out. start with two u-shaped pieces.

lay the other pieces over the top, weaving in and out.

lay the other pieces over the top, weaving in and out.

weave back the other way with the fourth u-shaped piece.

weave back the other way with the fourth u-shaped piece.

smush the end bits back into the shape

smush the end bits back into the shape

bake em and BOOM.

bake em and BOOM.

recipe here (from-- who else-- joan nathan)

please note: we change two things about this recipe. 1) is melting butter instead of oil. (duh.) and 2) using honey instead of sugar. (again, duh.) finally, a slight underbake never hurt anyone.