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    Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse

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    1 hrs 5 mins

    1 hrs

    5 mins

    davinandkennard's Note:

    So silken, so rich, so wonderful. Rave reviews every time! In place of the rum you may use orange liqueur, strong coffee or strained fresh orange juice. This is incredibly rich and a little goes a long way. Promise not to laugh? I always serve it with whipped cream to cut the richness of the mousse. As Julia would say "Bon Appetit!" From The Way to Cook by Julia Child

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    • 1 cup semisweet baking chocolate
    • 4 tablespoons strong coffee
    • 6 ounces soft unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1/4 cup rum or 1/4 cup strong coffee
    • 4 egg whites
    • 3/4 cup instant superfine sugar
    • 2 tablespoons instant superfine sugar
    • whipped cream (optional)


    1. 1
      Place the chocolate and 4 Tbsp strong coffee in a small sauce pan and place in a pan of hot water. Stir for a minute or so until melting begins.
    2. 2
      Place egg yolks in a bowl and beat, adding the sugar in a thin stream. Continue beating until the mixture is thick, pale and forms a ribbon. Beat in the rum. Set over a pan of almost simmering water and beat for an additional 5 minutes. Test with your finger to make sure the mixture is warmed through.
    3. 3
      Allow to cool. It should again form a ribbon and have the consistency of thick creamy mayonnaise.
    4. 4
      Stir the chocolate until smooth and gradually add the softened butter. When totally in corporate stir the mixture into the yolks and sugar.
    5. 5
      In a clean dry bowl beat the room temperature egg whites. Begin slowly and increase the speed until soft peaks are formed. Sprinkle with 2 TBSP of sugar and a pinch of salt. Continue beating until stiff peaks are formed.
    6. 6
      Fold 1/4 of the stiff egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Scoop the remaining egg whites on top and delicately fold them inches.
    7. 7
      Place into a mold or serving dishes and chill for several hours or overnight.
    8. 8
      Serve with whipped cream if desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 17, 2009


      Yum! This is the very best chocolate mousse I have ever made. You should try it. An idea is to chill the mousse and layer it with whipped cream and a meringue nut crust. I haven't tried doing that yet but I will soon. It's something I had at a restaurant and loved to death.

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    Nutritional Facts for Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse

    Serving Size: 1 (81 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 286.7
    Calories from Fat 173
    Total Fat 19.3 g
    Saturated Fat 11.6 g
    Cholesterol 140.1 mg
    Sodium 33.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 22.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 22.0 g
    Protein 3.2 g

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    semisweet baking chocolate

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