Julia Child 3rd Birthday Event

Julia Child’s Wine Poached Fruit in Chocolate Cups

Lisa at Champaign Taste is holding the 3rd Julia Child Birthday Event to celebrate Julia’s birthday.

Lisa’s first Julia Child Birthday Event was the very first blog event I ever entered, after starting Coffee & Cornbread about three years ago.

I didn’t want to miss it but the dish I wanted to prepare needed fresh pears. You can not hardly poach a pear without pears, but I did have one peach, one mango, several oranges and bananas.

I decided to use Julia’s formula for poaching fruit and substitute the one peach for pear. I didn’t want a bunch of it laying around the house anyway and it would be a perfect serving for two in her chocolate cups.

Julia’ s proportions for poaching fresh fruit are 6 tablespoons of sugar per cup of wine, according to the Julia Child’s Menu Cookbook.

You also add lemon juice and zest along with a cinnamon stick. Simmer the liquid about 5 minutes then put in the peeled fruit and maintain the heat on the fruit about 10 minutes at just barely below a simmer.

When you cut off the heat you cover the fruit and let it sit in the liquid covered at least 20 minutes, but can sit for several days in the refrigerator.

I used red wine and allowed the peach to sit in the refrigerator about 3 days.

For the chocolate cups Julia tells us to melt chocolate on a double boiler and then coat paper cupcake forms with the chocolate.

Here she is doing it in her book.

Here I am coating cups.

I am suppose to refrigerate and carefully peel the paper away when they become firm.
I tried, I really did, but I busted both cups on the edge.

I managed to place the fruit in the cup to hide the busted edges.

We are suppose to serve the poached fruit with a caramel sauce in the chocolate cup. Caramel sauce takes cream and I didn’t have any.

I did however have some store purchased caramel sauce, so I used that drizzled with some of the poaching liquid. I also had leftover chocolate which I made a few curls from to place on top.

It was wonderful. The poaching liquid mixed in the caramel was so good!

The only things I might do different is to make my own caramel next time and let the chocolate cups come to room temperature because while still cool they tended to be hard to eat.

Oh …and Julia also put a macaroon cookie under her pears. I am not one to like macaroons, so I felt it was great without it


25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bakinghistory
    Aug 01, 2008 @ 18:15:59

    Hi Sue,
    what a beautiful dessert!! The combination of flavors and textures sounds wonderful. I would like to try this recipe.


  2. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 01, 2008 @ 19:07:23

    Thanks bakinghistory. It was very good, you should try it.


  3. Ali
    Aug 01, 2008 @ 20:09:08

    Wow, that looks fab! Hmmm, it is too early yet for peaches, pears, apples…. I’ll have to wait a bit and try it when the pears are ripe, because it looks amazing!


  4. Kalyn
    Aug 02, 2008 @ 13:30:34

    Very impressive! I’ve never cooked anything even remotely this fancy, I’m quite sure!


  5. Natashya
    Aug 02, 2008 @ 14:49:40

    Wow, that looks straight out of a magazine, Sue.
    I wonder if you would have an easier time with silicone muffin liners? I have not tried making chocolate shells yet.
    This looks absolutely wonderful!


  6. Alexa
    Aug 02, 2008 @ 17:06:49

    This looks fantastic. The presentation is so dramatic. It would be the perfect end to any meal.


  7. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 02, 2008 @ 19:30:35

    Ghee thanks for the great comments Ali, Kalyn, Natashya and Alexa.


  8. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 02, 2008 @ 19:34:13

    Natashya not sure about the silicone forms but that might be the answer. Good idea to try.


  9. My Sweet & Saucy
    Aug 04, 2008 @ 01:48:03

    What a great photo of the dessert! Looks so tasty!


  10. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 04, 2008 @ 06:56:09

    It was very good My Sweet & Saucy.


  11. Ari (Baking and Books)
    Aug 04, 2008 @ 11:18:18

    What an elegant recipe! I love the chocolate cups in particular – yum.


  12. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 04, 2008 @ 11:20:31

    Ari they were wonderful and the neat thing they were so simple. Too bad I chipped the cups but next time I will be more careful.


  13. Lisa
    Aug 04, 2008 @ 17:58:14

    Sue, that is so beautiful! I love the darling little peach, the one perfect peach, floating in a sea of caramel and juices. And of course, the chocolate cup. You’d never know it had a broken edge. Fabulous photo.

    Thank you so much for taking part three years in a row! There ought to be an award for that. 🙂 I guess our food is the reward, isn’t it. Cheers!


  14. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 04, 2008 @ 18:16:34

    Yes Lisa, thanks for a great event.


  15. Noor
    Aug 05, 2008 @ 13:58:24

    I made the yum yum blog award just a few months to see where all she would end up and you would not believe the amazing food blogs she has ended up on. I have had so much fun seeing all of this and learning about more blogs and recipes along the way.

    You deserve it!

    Noor from Ya Salam Cooking


  16. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 05, 2008 @ 18:09:01

    Thanks Noor


  17. Kristen
    Aug 06, 2008 @ 00:23:24

    Absolutely gorgeous! Wish I had one of those right about now.


  18. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 06, 2008 @ 00:24:49

    Thanks Kristen.


  19. Susan from Food Blogga
    Aug 06, 2008 @ 16:00:47

    Your photos keep getting better and better. These are just beautiful.


  20. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 06, 2008 @ 18:38:15

    Thank you Susan.


  21. Lori Lynn at Taste With The Eyes
    Aug 17, 2008 @ 13:06:48

    Fabulous! I love how you show to make the chocolate cups. And that you are not shy to share the broken ones!


  22. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 19, 2008 @ 14:02:09

    Funny Lori I couldn’t share at all without the broken since they all broke! lol.. Maybe next time I can do better.


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