Hot Chocolate Popovers
~ Patty & Tess ~
Tess and I had a full day of cooking over Spring Break. We made three family favorites, meatloaf, taco meat, and spaghetti sauce; and a new recipe for Chicken Curry with a Mint-Cilantro chutney. Kori was sick, so Tess volunteered to make family dinners for the rest of her school vacation …. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Our cooking class finished with a flourish with the Hot Chocolate Popovers, from Joy the Baker. They were simple and popped over nicely to pop in the chocolate and marshmallow(s). Putting them under the broiler for just a few seconds melted the marshmallows enough to form a carmely syrup with the chocolate chips. They were really delicious!
Hot Chocolate Popovers
directly from Joy the Baker
makes: 12 popovers
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus more for greasing the pan
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 large marshmallows.
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
I used a standard muffin tin for these popovers. No fancy popover pan required. Use a paper towel to grease the individual muffin cups. Grease well with butter. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk well. Get an arm workout.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, instant espresso powder, salt, cocoa powder, and flour.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just incorporated and no lumps remain. I poured my batter in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup and poured the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Fill cups one-half to two-thirds full. Place pan in the oven and set timer for 30 minutes.
No peeking. That’s important. Don’t open the oven.
After 30 minutes, remove the popovers from the oven and immediately set oven to broiler.
Carefully add a sprinkling (maybe about 5-7) chocolate chips into the center of the popover, and top with a marshmallow. If you have to press the chocolate in and deflate the popover a bit, use the back of a spoon. Go for it.
Place pan under the broiler and barely close the door. Keep and eye on the toasting marshmallows. They’ll only need about a minute under the broiler. Feel free to rotate the pan as necessary.
Remove toasted popovers from the oven. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Use a butter knife to gently remove the popovers. Serve warm.