Julia Child’s chocolate mousse

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This is the final part of the epic meal I made for my mom’s birthday. First it was the pork tenderloin, then the potatoes, then we finished off with the chocolate mouse. My mom already had all kinds of baked goods in her house from other people for her birthday, so I wanted to make a dessert that wasn’t too heavy. Not to mention, there is nothing like chilled homemade chocolate mousse on a hot summer night. This recipe is really quite simple and only took a few minutes to prepare, just be aware that you will need time to chill in the fridge before serving.

  • 8 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted with 1/4 cup coffee
  • 3 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Whipped cream for serving

Beat the butter into the smoothly melted chocolate. One by one, beat in the egg yolks.

Beat the cream just until it reaches stiff peaks.

Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. While beating, gradually sprinkle in the sugar and continue beating until stiff shining peaks are formed.

Slowly mix the chocolate mixture with the whipped cream. Carefully fold in the egg whites.

Turn the mousse into serving bowls. Cover and chill several hours. Serve with whipped cream.

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