Julia Child’s Chocolate Mousse

Julia Child’s Chocolate Mousse

by Kristen on May 17, 2012

Julia Child's Chocolate MousseI’ve always had a crush on chocolate mousse. As a child it would be the first thing I would grab from the dessert bar at a buffet dinner. It would almost always be 1980′s fancy, spooned into a wine glass and topped with a strawberry. I almost never order dessert anymore (guess I misplaced my sweet tooth somewhere along the way) but if there’s chocolate mousse on the menu chances are pretty good I’ll find room for it.

Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse

I was approached several weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in joining JC100, a culinary celebration leading up to Julia Child’s 100th birthday. Slightly intimidated and with visions of flopped soufflés and burned beef bourguignon, I accepted the invitation. I admit to feeling relieved when this week’s recipe to cook was chocolate mousse. I can do chocolate mousse (and so can you.) It’s actually pretty easy, so don’t feel intimidated.

Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse

I swapped the orange extract for a splash of brandy. If you’re like me and more likely to have booze on hand than flavour extracts, add what you think would taste great. Coffee liquor? Grand Marnier? Creme du Menthe? Whiskey? Or leave it out entirely.

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Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse
 
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Serves: Makes 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup orange liquor (optional)
  • 6 oz (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons strong coffee
  • 6 oz (1 cup) butter, softened
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup finely diced glazed orange peel (optional)
Instructions
  1. Beat egg yolks and sugar together until mixture is thick, pale yellow, and falls back upon itself forming a slowly dissolving ribbon. Beat in orange liquor.
  2. Set the bowl over a pot of not-quite-simmering water and continue beating for 3-4 minutes until the mixture is foamy and too hot for your finger.
  3. Then beat it over a bowl of cold water for 3-4 minutes until the mixture is cool and again forms the ribbon. It will have the consistency of mayonnaise.
  4. Melt chocolate and coffee over a pot of hot water. Remove from heat and beat in butter a bit at a time, to make a smooth cream. Beat the chocolate into the egg yolks and optional orange peel.
  5. Beat the egg whites and salt until soft peaks are formed; sprinkle on sugar and beat till stiff peaks are formed. Stir one fourth of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Fold in the rest.
  6. Turn into serving dish, dessert cups or petits pots. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
Notes
After eating half a serving of this I realized it is actually too sweet for my taste. Next time I'll use less sugar or a darker chocolate. If you're like me and don't have much of a sweet tooth, reduce the sugar by at least half :) Excerpted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. Copyright © 1961 by Alfred A. Knopf. Reprinted with permission from the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Lily Bennet

Trying Julia Child’s Chocolate Mousse makes everything worth while. She is an inspiration to everyone! She’s my inspiration as well. Your version of chocolate mousse seems delicious.

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Kristen

Hey Lily,

I agree, chocolate mousse does make everything worthwhile!

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Helene

Such a nice mousse and I liked it a lot. I used three kind of chocolate for the recipe. I linked to your blog post on my blog.

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Kristen

Hi Helene,

Thank you so much! 3 kind of chocolate? I bet yours was so tasty!!

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Sasha @ The Procrastobaker

I have alwayyysss wanted to try my hand at making chocolate mousse, and I do rather love making anything with booze in..! Big thumbs up to this recipe, gorgeous!

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Kristen

Thanks, Sarah!

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Bruce

Tried it with some friends at our weekend BBQ – EVERYONE raved. Thanks for another amazing receipe.

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Kristen

You are so welcome! So happy everyone enjoyed it!!

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Joan@Chocolate and More

This is pure heaven! Found you through a Shine slideshow of Julia’s recipes, so glad I did!

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Kristen

Thank you, Joan!!

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