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Espresso Mousseline Au Chocolat

Happy 100th birthday, Julia Child!

When I found out Julia Child was turning 100, I knew I had to celebrate by making a dish from one of her cookbooks. She deserves something special for her birthday, so I chose a variation of her rich, decadent Mousseline Au Chocolat.

Julia inspired the world to take charge in the kitchen, and she introduced America to French cooking and cuisine, ensuring us that it’s not as perplexing as it may seem. Her can-do attitude was infectious. After watching one of her cooking shows, you were confident that you could truss a chicken, create a delicious boeuf bourguignon, or whip up a perfectly creamy custard.

I can remember sitting in the living room with my father or great grandmother, watching Julia in the comforts of her television kitchen, my eyes glued to her every move. I was in complete awe of this amazing woman. She was my super hero when I was young. Not Super Woman. Not Wonder Woman. Not the New Kids on the Block or Paula Abdul.

Julia Child.

How many 7 year olds do you know whose super hero is a chef?

Julia’s sparkling personality and bubbly voice captivated viewers for years. She was the epitome of a passionate foodie and an absolute joy to watch.

If I could sit down with Julia Child, I would want to talk about her life in Paris while eating way too croissants. We would giggle over food weaknesses and cravings. Agree that butter makes everything better. And, taste trumps perfection any day.

This mousse is the ULTIMATE chocolate mousse. I mean it. It’s the best mousse I have ever had. The kahlua enhances the chocolate, creating a rich depth of flavor. The first spoonful of mousse will not be enough. You’ll have to keep eating to really experience all that this mousse has to offer.

The silky smooth texture of this mousse will have you craving spoonful after spoonful of this decadent dessert. This is no average mousse. It’s not airy and light like you’d expect; instead, it’s dense and rich, the kind of mousse that lingers on your tongue after each bite. It’s a true masterpiece.

In the words of Julia Child… Bon Appetit!

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Espresso Mousseline Au Chocolate

4 egg yolks
3/4 cup super fine sugar
1/4 cup kahlua
6 ounces semisweet chocolate
3 tbs. strong coffee
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
4 egg whites
Pinch of salt

Add 1 inch of water to a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat.

Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl.

In a large, heat-proof bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar together until it’s pale yellow. Stir in kahlua. Place the bowl over the simmering water and continue beating for 5-7 minutes, until the mixture foamy and thick.

Place the mixing bowl with the thickened egg mixture in the ice bath and beat until it reaches room temperature, about 2 minutes. It will have the consistency of mayonnaise.

Melt the chocolate with the coffee over the same saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and add the butter 2 tablespoons at a time until the mixture is smooth. Beat the chocolate into the egg yolk mixture.

Beat the egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form. Fold one fourth of the egg mixture into the egg and chocolate mixture. Fold in the rest.

Pour into individual custard dishes or jars and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Adapted from Julia Child

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16 Responses to “Espresso Mousseline Au Chocolat”

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    CCU — August 15, 2012 at 7:04 am

    What an inspirational tribute, I love the jar presentation :D
    This looks delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    • Jennie replied August 15th, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Thanks, Uru! I’m a bit obsessed with food in jars at the moment.

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    Renee — August 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

    What a wonderful post and recipe too. I’ll take anything chocolate especially something creamy like this.

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    • Jennie replied August 15th, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Thanks, Renee! You really can’t go wrong with chocolate.

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    Kim @ Treats & Trinkets — August 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Okay, I love that last picture with the spoon showing exactly how fluffy the mousse is. C’est magnifique! It also makes me want to grad the spoon and shove it in my mouth, but the computer screen gets in the way.

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    • Jennie replied August 15th, 2012 at 10:46 am

      That darn computer screen, always gettin’ in the way. Thanks, Kim!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

    This mousse is a great way to celebrate her birthday! It looks incredible!

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    • Jennie replied August 15th, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thanks, Jessica!

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    Susan — August 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Bon Appetit! I would have been sitting right there next you as a kid Jennie! I used to watch her to, so you aren’t alone. This looks so luscious, I don’t like espresso, but I’m pretty sure I could eat that all!

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    Jenn and Seth — August 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    yum, i just adore chocolate mousse! this looks sooo luscious and delicious! great post!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — August 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    That is a thing of beauty….mmmm

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — August 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Ooh…I love this mousse. Wonderful tribute recipe!

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    Jen @JuanitasCocina — August 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Gorgeous!!!

    I don’t even like chocolate and I want to take a dip!

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    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — August 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    a beautiful tribute to an inspirational chef! She’ll forever be praised!

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    Baking Serendipity — August 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    This looks fantastic! I haven’t had a chocolate mousse in so long, and love yours in the jar!

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    Alessandra — August 22, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Yum, this looks and sounds amazing. I love the great story that goes along with this recipe, makes it even better! Thanks for sharing.

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