WIAW: Turkey Day Dessert

I swear this will be the last post about the holidays (from me at least). But I had some really great recipes that we used over Thanksgiving and how could I NOT share them with all of you? That would be pure evil😉

So with that, thanks to Jenn @PeasandCrayons for this wonderful idea! Can’t wait to see what everyone else has to say!

First, since many of you asked about popovers, I thought I’d share the recipe we use in my family. We’re primarily English on my mom’s side so popovers are a staple at all of our holiday meals. Not to mention they’re my favorite way to eat carbs. They taste like super fluffy bread/muffin things but they are extra eggy. Basically that was 80% of my Thanksgiving meal this year.

INGREDIENTS (from Joy of Cooking cookbook)

  • 1 Village Baker Popover Pan
  • 1 Cup Flour (whole wheat won’t work)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 4 large eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk (whole milk is necessary)
  • 1 tbl, unsalted butter melted


  • Prepare the pan with non-stick spray or butter. Preheat oven to 425 and set rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat popover cups for about two minutes.

  • In a food processor,(blender or hand mixer) blend the flour, salt, eggs, milk, and melted butter until the mixture is about the consistency of heavy cream (about 1-2 minutes).

  • Place 1 small piece of butter in each cup and place the pans back in the preheated oven until butter begins to bubble (about a minute).

  • Fill each cup half-way with batter and bake 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 and continue baking for 15-20 minutes.

Note: We TRIPLED the recipe. But you need to make each batch separately or the ratios get messed up for some reason. Also, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT open the oven once they have gone in or they will not pop!

I’m the popover master in my family

Next up came my other specialty: dessert! I was responsible for the chocolate  one so I found a chocolate pudding cake on pinterest

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake (From the Frugal girl)

3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 1/4 cups hot water (I usually boil mine)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder together in a medium bowl. Combine milk, melted butter and vanilla; add to dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine, then spread into an ungreased 8×8 inch baking pan.

Combine brown sugar, white sugar, and cocoa powder; sprinkle over top of batter. Pour hot water over top of cake, and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes, then serve in bowls with vanilla ice cream.

don’t mind my bowl of whipped cream…

Those are this week’s recipes!

Today’s Elf4Health Challenge is to try a new workout so I’m going to Hour of Power Yoga with Hillary! She’s one of my friends who just graduated and she’s staying with us for the week. Expect lots of recaps of our adventures (she’s certainly expecting them since she’s one of the only people I know who actually reads this… Hi Hill)

Roomie (Ti-do), Pat-Rice, Hillary, Victoria, Me

Then we’re going to cheer on our best friends (see two ladiez on left above) at their swim meet and reminisce over the good old days at dinner. What a life…

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Did your friends ever come visit you that already graduated?

About pickyrunner

I'm Sarah, a (mostly) health-crazed 20-year old New Englander living in Baltimore. Taste buds of a 4-year old, joints of a 90 year old, brain of a chemist, appetite of a teenage boy, legs of a runner. Mindset of a Champion. Follow @pickyrunner
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35 Responses to WIAW: Turkey Day Dessert

  1. Um. So trying these recipes is totally necessary. Possibly frightening, but totally necessary. Especially the pop-overs. They seem easy (bet they’re not!) — but they’d be fun to watch bake regardless!!😉
    Keep your head out of the icky past when you’re at the pool!! Stick to the good times. Unless it’s to bash old coaches — I’m all for that!!😀 haha. Sounds like you’re going to be having fun. Show that Hour who holds the power, lady. Rock it!!

  2. Girl, tis the season. Be posting Holiday stuff everyday. Ha anyways, so that pudding cake sounds amazing. I think I might need to be making this for my family when I get home.

  3. LifeByLex says:

    Oh my goodness do both of those look delicious. Seriously I’ll be trying these soon!! Thanks for posting!

  4. Natasha says:

    That outfit on you is absolutely adorable! You look awesome🙂

  5. Holy whipped cream!! That’s more than my crazy-filled hot chocolate mug…way to go! These recipes look great…I’ll definitely have to think about making them the next time I’m home for break! Hope things are going well at school…it won’t be long until we start talking about Christmas!🙂

  6. I’ve only had popovers once at a restaurant…and they were absolutely heavenly. One day I will own a popover pan and I will be able to effortlessly make delicious homemade popovers, but right now, I’m still intimidated by them! Ugh, so good though.

  7. Caitlin says:

    Those popovers look delicious!! Have to try that sometime this holiday season🙂 And that fudge pudding looks heavenly! Thank you for posting those recipes darlin!

  8. Hayley says:

    Oh my god I LOVE popovers. Never made them before so I think I need to get on that. I checked out that Elf for Health thing and saw that the sign up was already over but I think I’m just going to follow along and do the challenges for fun🙂

  9. Megan says:

    That pan filled with chocolate looks amazinggggg

  10. lizzyj1305 says:

    YUM!!! I want buttery popovers right now!🙂
    thanks for sharing the recipe!
    and I LOVE your dress! you look so pretty and sparkly!
    I hope your having a great day beautiful girl!

  11. Kaitlin says:

    Oh goodness popovers are the BEST!! And that dessert looks scrumptious😉

    No one has visited me…yet. I think plans are in the making🙂 enjoy!

    “Keep Calm and Carry On”

  12. lifeasliv says:

    Oh man, blast from my childhood past. I haven’t had popovers in so long! Why? I have no idea. These pics made me realize I must bring them back into my life.

    Hope you have a lot of fun with your friends!

  13. Caitlin says:

    I do power yoga in the form of 45min of P90X Yoga every Tuesday morning. It feels awesome – can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Those popovers sound tasty but also way too much work for a lazy non-cook like me. However the pudding chocolate cake thing looks like absolute HEAVEN holy moly!

    • pickyrunner says:

      It was really intense! I’m going to do a recap of my thoughts tomorrow🙂 and you definitely need to try and make them- I literally can’t cook and both recipes are totally doable!

  14. I’ve done yoga everyday this week and it’s feeling so good. Also…that pudding cake…looks amazing

  15. Oh my! Those recipes looks AH-MAZING! I will definitely be saving these to try some day. Thanks for sharing.

  16. No shame in holiday posts! I say keep em coming. You know I can’t wait to hear about power yoga. Have a great time🙂

  17. TWO recipes in ONE post? How on earth did we get so lucky🙂🙂

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