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Julia Child’s Chocolate Mousse

  • Author: Julia Child
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield:  5 cups
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French

Description

Learn how to make Julia Child’s chocolate mousse. It’s a rich, sweet and super decadent dessert. It’s also much easier to make than you might think!


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Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, divided
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 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 the 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 petite 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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