If you asked a group of cooks what their favorite Julia Child recipe is, I’m sure many would answer with a savory recipe, such as her beloved Beef Bourguignon, which Elise of Simply Recipes describes as “more of an an event than a food.” So true. Or, her famous Potato Leek Soup that she made most every day for her beloved husband Paul.
But. My favorite Julia Child recipe is the recipe that she herself described in the intro to Mastering the Art of French Cooking as her favorite cake. A group of culinary experts list this masterpiece as her Number 3 favorite recipe, but to me it is Number One, hands down. Chocolate Almond Cake is an other-worldly perfection of a dish. It is hard to do justice to this recipe with mere words. It is creamy, yet fluffy at the same time. It is rich, yet light at the same time. It just may be my favorite bite of food. Ever.
So, in tribute to Julia, or “Joooolia” as she would pronounce her name, I am posting this recipe. You’re welcome.
Happy Birthday, Julia Child! I hope you’re baking a celestial cake today!
And THANK YOU for so many things, not the least of which is sharing your favorite cake recipe with the world: Chocolate Almond Cake, which I plan to eat every single day when I am in heaven, where everyone is their ideal weight, no matter how many calories they consume!
Julia Child was one of a kind. She was adventurous. She was boisterous. She was large. But what I love about Julia, who would be 100 years old on August 15, 2012, is that she was unashamed to experiment, to make mistakes, even to fail.
I remember sitting on the sofa next to my mom in the early ’70’s and wondering what in the world she was laughing at. My mom would laugh out loud when Julia – as The French Chef would cook. I was perplexed when I was a kid. But not now.
Now I watch old episodes of The French Chef and I, too, laugh out loud. I get it now. Julia spills her omlettes on the counter as she flips them. She scrapes potato peels onto the floor. She says things like “Well, it really doesn’t look very appetizing here, does it?” God Bless You, Julia Child!
If you haven’t seen Julia making a “hamburger” on David Letterman, you MUST drop whatever you are doing and watch this STAT. I promise it is one of the most hilarious clips of Julia Child on television. Again, You’re welcome!
— posted by Donna