Thursday, January 23, 2020

Valentine's Day Series: Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse ~

Hello Friends!  I'm back today with one of my favorite recipes! I made Julia Child's chocolate mousse for Valentine's Day last year and I fell in love with it.  It's a few extra steps that I'm used to for a dessert, but I must admit there was something endearing about putting on my Paris apron and making mousse from scratch, just like Julia would have wanted me to back in 1961.  Sure you can buy "instant" mousse in a package, but after making the real thing I have to tell you, there is truly no comparison.  I will be making this again for Valentine's Day this year! Enjoy! 

Originally published February 13, 2019 

Hello Friends!  Happy Valentine's Day week! 

I have been in the best mood this week because we had the most amazing weekend and it's filled my heart so BIG that I don't want it to end.  We traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to attend a wedding which was the most beautiful day! I wish I could go back to Friday and do it all over again! 

I can't wait to share more about that later, but for today I thought because tomorrow is Valentine's Day I should treat you (and me!) to something special.  We had a snow day yesterday so it was the perfect time to put on some music and cook up something yummy!  
I decided a while back that I wanted to make chocolate mousse for Valentine's day.  I have never made it from scratch before and for my first time I wanted to be as authentic as possible and make Julia Child's recipe.  When I looked it up I was surprised to see she does not use heavy cream.  Julia's recipe uses egg yolks and sugar as a base instead of cream.  
It was a long process but definitely worth it in the end! I felt very French with my apron and my whisk....oooh la la!  

This is a perfect dessert for Valentines Day! 

You start by melting chocolate, butter, and coffee over a double boiler. 

Remove that from heat and in another double boiler whisk egg yolks, sugar, water (and rum if you use it) until thick. 

Place in an ice bath and continue whisking.....

Fold in your chocolate mixture. 

In a separate bowl beat egg whites, salt, and vanilla.

Fold into the chocolate. 

We have mousse! 

Put in little serving dishes and refrigerate!  

Serve to your Valentine! 


Julia Child’s Chocolate Mousse - adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) 
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used semisweet chocolate chips)
6 ounces unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (12 tbls)
1/4 cup dark-brewed coffee
4 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons dark rum 
1 tablespoon water 
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Heat a saucepan one-third full with hot water, and in a bowl set on top, melt together the chocolate, butter and coffee, stirring over the barely simmering water, until smooth. Remove from heat.
Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside 
(*tip – I didn't have a bowl large enough so I used a 9x13 glass baking dish and it worked perfectly*)
In a bowl or pot large enough to nest securely on the saucepan of simmering water, whisk the yolks of the eggs with the 2/3 cup of sugar, rum, and water for about 3 minutes until the mixture is thick, like runny mayonnaise. (You can also use a hand-held electric mixer.)
Remove from heat and place the bowl of whipped egg yolks within the bowl of ice water and beat until cool and thick. Then fold the chocolate mixture into the egg yolks.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt until frothy. Continue to beat until they start to hold their shape. Whip in the tablespoon of sugar and continue to beat until thick and shiny, but not completely stiff, then add the vanilla.
Fold one-third of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the remainder of the whites just until incorporated, but don’t overdo it or the mousse will lose volume.
Transfer the mousse to a serving bowl or divide into serving dishes, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, until firm.  I was able to make 6 "generous" individual serving cups : ) 
Top with whip cream and serve! Bon Appetit! 
Note: Several blogs I read suggested cutting the sugar measurement to 1/2 cup due to it being overly sweet.  The originally recipe calls for 2/3 cup but to be safe I used 1/2 cup and I felt that was just the right amount of sweetness!  
I also omitted the rum because I didn’t have any on hand. 

I would definitely say my chocolate mousse was a success!
Julia would be proud! 
Happy Valentine's Day my friends! Our Valentines are hung and we are ready to celebrate!
I hope you all have a day filled with love and joy! xo 


Have a wonderful day everyone!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Valentine's Day Series: Garlic is LOVE ♥

Hello Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  It was a cold and snowy one in my neck of the woods.  We had a mini storm on Saturday evening which resulted in me staying home all day Sunday, cooking & puttering around the house.  I love snow on Sundays when I know I can stay indoors : ) 

My original plan for today was to repost a recipe I made last year for Julia Child's chocolate mousse (it's smooth, creamy, and very lovely ♥) but I got a little sidetracked.  Yesterday during my "snow day" I made a big pot of French Onion Soup.  While that was bubbling away I whipped up a batch of these garlic monkey bread rolls.  I posted the picture on social media and a few of you were asking for the recipe so I thought I would post that instead.

And let's face it GARLIC has just as big of a place in my heart as CHOCOLATE (they are pretty much tied!) so I feel it's an appropriate Valentine's Day post.  As long as everybody has one, we're good.  Am I right?! 

While making the rolls I picked up my phone and shot a short 5 minute video of me making them.  It's a little cringy, but I'm trying to get better at it  :) 

And if you are at all interested in my recipe for French Onion Soup I have it posted on my Instagram Stories under highlights.  It's very simple! (the secret ingredient is red wine ♥)

Here is the link to the original blog post I published last June with step by step instructions for the rolls 
(click here) and pleeeease enjoy this video. 

If you like it, please subscribe.  I hope to be doing more in the future! 

Thanks so much! XO 

I will be back soon with that yummy chocolate mousse I mentioned earlier!

Have a great day!

Stay cozy ♥

Friday, January 17, 2020

Valentine's Day Series: Brownie Torte ♥

 Happy Friday Friends!

News Flash!
I'm going to be doing a mini series on this blog reposting some of my favorite desserts (mostly chocolate-y ones) leading up to Valentine's Day.  I don't know how you feel about it, but I love Valentines Day.  I always have.  Any excuse to eat chocolate and decorate my home with pink hearts is ok in my book ♥  

Also included in the series will be all my favorite romantic things, like movies, books, & music.  I'm excited to share these posts with you and celebrate all things LOVE 

So.....since February 14th is less than a month away, I thought why not start now?! And what better way to celebrate a Friday than with brownies! 

I got this recipe from my hairdresser and immediately made it twice in a two week span.  It's easy to make, looks darling on the table, and is absolutely delicious! It's looks way more fancy than it actually is.  As someone who loves shortcuts, I appreciate that : ) 

Originally posted April 24, 2018

Hello Everyone!  

I hope this week finds you well!  It's finally starting to feel like spring around here! Yesterday I was able to open my windows for a little while and let some of the fresh air in.  It felt so good! I hope it lasts! 

*fingers crossed*

Anyway, today I want to share with you a quick dessert recipe that I just made for the first time.  This recipe was given to me by my hairdresser.  As soon as she described it I knew it would be something I would love.  She was right.  And it's so easy!  Wanna see?  

It's brownie heaven ♥ 

Here's how to make it: 

1 brownie mix

1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup cold water

1 package vanilla instant pudding

4 oz. container whipped topping (I used 1/2 of an 8 oz. container of Cool Whip : ) 

Grease 2. 9 inch round cake pans and line with parchment paper.  

Prepare cake-like brownies according to the box directions.  Split batter evenly into both pans and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (or until done).  

Remove from pans and let cool.  

I was happy both pans fit in my counter top oven! ♥ 

 For the filling....

In a large mixing bowl combine the sweetened condensed milk and the water.  Beat in the pudding mix.  Chill for at least 5 minutes.  

Fold in the whipped topping ♥ 

To assemble, layer the filling in between the two brownie layers.

Use about 1/2 of the filling.  That should be enough.  The rest is supposed to be reserved for the top....more on that later.... 

Add strawberries...

Make a sandwich! 

The original recipe said to frost the remaining filling on the top but I felt that might be a little too sweet so instead I just added a dollop of Cool Whip and a strawberry ♥

Definitely refrigerate this until you are ready to eat it or the filling will get soft.  You want it nice and firm.  Store leftovers (if there are any) in the fridge as well!

This was a big winner in my family and I'm sure I'll be making this again soon!

Enjoy! ♥♥♥ 

I hope you all come back and join me for my Valentine's Day series! 

Let's celebrate all things love (and chocolate!).

Have a great weekend! XO