Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Julia Child's Mousse au Chocolat or Chocolate Mousse

With so many people rediscovering Julia Child, or discovering her for the first time, with the help of the movie Julie & Julia, and Julie Powell's book by the same name, I thought it would be fun to save room for a Julia Child dessert.

Today, I'm sharing her Mousse au Chocolat or Chocolate Mousse. It's all over the Internet, including on well-respected sites, likely a recipe used by the publisher for press releases and other promotions, so I'm saving you the Google search. ;-)

Even David Lebovitz who lives that sweet life in Paris says "her recipe is a classic...."

Don't forget that I'm hosting Save Room for Dessert each Wednesday at The Krazy Kitchen, so please do join me there tomorrow to submit your own great dessert recipe posts.

Bon appetit,

Julia Child's Classic Chocolate Mousse
8 oz sweet or semi sweet baking chocolate, melted with
1/4 cup strong coffee
3 oz unsalted butter (6 Tb)
3 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream (make sure it's the heavy variety)
3 egg whites
1/4 cup instant (finely ground) sugar
whipped cream (not so optional)

Beat the soft butter into the smoothly melted chocolate. One by one, beat in the egg yolks.
Beat the cream over ice until it leaves light traces on the surface.
Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. While beating, sprinkle in the sugar by spoonfuls and continue beating until stiff shining peaks are formed.
Scrape the chocolate mixture down the side of the egg-white bowl, and delicately fold in the whipped cream.
Turn the mousse into attractive serving bowls. Cover and chill several hours. You may wish to decorate the mousse with swirls of whipped cream, or to pass whipped cream separately.

From: The Way to Cook by Julia Child
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
ISBN: 0-394-53264-3


  1. It's not even 7 am and all I can think about wanting right now is that mousse! Incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This was a very interesting movie that kept me interested from the very beginning..

  3. Thanks for sharing this delicious sounding dessert recipe with us. Anything Julia Child has to be good! :)

  4. Sounds delicious! I loved the movie; Meryl Streep as Julia was simply amazing. My mom is going to have a Julia dinner party this weekend. She'll be making boeuf bourguignon; I'll be making poires au gratin (pears baked with macaroons). Wish us luck! And bon appetit.

  5. I feel so bad that I never had an interest in Julia Child before Julie & Julia came out. With everyone stumbling over her, either in rediscovery or first time obsession, I feel like I need to wait a year or so before indulging in my own "OMG Julia Child, what!?" phase. I will be tucking this recipe away for a rainy day when chocolate mousse is the only way to go ;)

  6. I am obsessed with Julia Child, so I am of course going to make this mousse. Looks good!


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