this month the recipe redux girls have asked us to post something made with some classic cookware that has been lovingly passed to us.
i only have a few things given to me by loved ones. considering my kitchen is a bit like my office, most people probably assume i have almost everything i could need. and i probably almost do. almost.
one of my favorites handed down to me is one i’ve posted about before. a couple years ago i posted these strawberry cream cheese popovers and even told my story there.
it’s the story of marga… an amazing, artistic, and animated woman who loved my husband as a son…
i am lucky enough to have a popover pan and was excited to use it this month. my husband’s music teacher and dear family friend, marga, gave it to me. marga was one of the first people my husband wanted to introduce me to when we met and realized this might just be “it”. despite scarring disabilities as a result of childhood polio, marga was so incredibly full of life. she and her dear, kind husband, dan, never had children of their own, so she would handpick students to “adopt”. my husband and his brother were two of those. lunch at marga’s was always thrilling… she loved to cook, feverishly supported arts and music, beamed while telling quirky, silly jokes or discussing politics, and gushed with pride over those boys that she loved. i was thrilled when marga gave me an enormous boxful of odd kitchen gadgets that were hers for our wedding gift. she said she knew i’d use them and adore them as she did. several years ago, marga lost a brave battle against cancer. we so miss her, but she will certainly never allow us to forget her.
i adore these popovers. they scratch an itch for me of cravings for a chocolate brioche or croissant. though they aren’t a grand slam in the nutrition department, they don’t have added sugar except for the chunk of dark chocolate. and the batter is a large part egg, so i can justify them there too.
why i don’t make these more often, i don’t know. they are the simplest, most delectable pastries. i honestly think it would make marga happy if i used her pan more… so i shall.

{Recipe Redux} Dark Chocolate Popovers
Serves: 6 popovers
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup milk (room temperature)
  • 140 grams (1 cup) kumquat's all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate (60% cocoa bittersweet), cut into 6 pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Drop a piece of butter in each cup of a popover tin or muffin tin.
  2. In a small bowl, beat eggs until pale. Add milk; stir to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, xanthan gum, and salt. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and whisk until almost smooth.
  3. Place popover tin and baking sheet in the oven for 2 minutes, or until butter melts and pan is hot. Remove tin from oven and evenly divide batter between cups. Submerge a piece of chocolate down into the center of the batter. Bake for 25 minutes or until popovers are puffy, with brown crusts and hollow centers. Serve immediately.


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