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Ann Dvorak's Coffee Mousse

During the blazing hot Los Angeles summer, a nice coffee mousse sounded perfect.


This recipe is from the book "Food and Fashions of 1935".


2 cups of cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup strong cold coffee


Whip 2 cream stir and beat in 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar. Add 1/2 cup strong cold coffee. Freeze in automatic refrigerator pan for 3 hours. Advisable stir occasionally during process of freezing.

Special Guests

I went through my vintage cookbooks and found coffee mousse recipes attributed to Ann Dvorak, Norma Shearer and Ginger Rogers. Apparently this was very popular in the 1930s. I promptly got my friends (and previous Hollywood Kitchen guests) Darin Barnes and Christina Rice on zoom to discuss. Christina is a biographer and author of "Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel" and Darin Barnes is a Norma Shearer expert and collector.

We all decided that Ann Dvorak's recipe was by far the easiest one to make. Since we already devoted an entire episode to Ann when we made the Salad A La Jell, we decided to make this episode more about collecting Hollywood memorabilia. Once again, Christina's daughter Gable moderated the comments and helped us out behind the scenes.

The Final Result

This worked out surprisingly well. I love coffee and this really hit the spot during the brutal heat wave we had last year. Darin and Christina enjoyed it too. It really adds a lot of texture and flavor to garnish the coffee mousse with crushed chocolate, espresso beans or whipped cream.

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