Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse

MAKE IT SHINE! ADD YOUR PHOTO
READY IN: 1hr 5mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    cup semisweet baking chocolate
  • 4
    tablespoons strong coffee
  • 6
    ounces soft unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 4
    egg yolks
  • 14
    cup rum or 1/4 cup strong coffee
  • 4
    egg whites
  • 34
    cup instant superfine sugar
  • 2
    tablespoons instant superfine sugar
  • whipped cream (optional)
Advertisement

DIRECTIONS

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Allow to cool. It should again form a ribbon and have the consistency of thick creamy mayonnaise.
  • Stir the chocolate until smooth and gradually add the softened butter. When totally in corporate stir the mixture into the yolks and sugar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place into a mold or serving dishes and chill for several hours or overnight.
  • Serve with whipped cream if desired.
Advertisement