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Vanilla,Salted Butter Caramel and Chocolate Mousse And A Giveaway

Vanilla, Caramel & Chocolate Mousse

When I asked Bill what he would like me to prepare for him while I am gone for a few days, his answer was an unequivocal "Mousse please!". Yes, he is a softee and I know his mom spoiled him with homemade desserts pretty much all his life so his answer did not come as a surprise. I did prepare a few things to warm up after work during the five days I’ll be gone but I know Bill. When I showed him where everything was in the fridge, his eyes immediately landed on these Vanilla, Salted Butter Caramel and Chocolate Mousses. And they were all the way in the back. Of course.

So where am I going for 5 days that he needs a fridge full of goodies? San Francisco! I am attending the 2009 BlogHer conference which will be held on Saturday. I am also one of the speakers at the conference! I am so psyched about this event for so many reasons. For starters just take a look at the program here. All these amazing bloggers giving of their experience and expertise, I am honored to be among them and hope to contribute as much as they are.

Then there are all these attendees that I will finely get to meet in person and finally hug silly until they call security because Tartelette is cutting their air supply from excitement! Friends kept tweeting they wanted to meet me, well I want to meet them just as much.

Making Mousse

Last May, I was supposed to join Bill on a working trip near Jen from Use Real Butter and we immediately made the plan that I’d stay with her a few days while he’d work. That plan fell through. We were both upset at the circumstances and she asked if I’d be coming to San Francisco for BlogHer. She was. Maybe we could meet up there. This summer has been financially sucky so we were pretty much tied down not going anywhere for a long time. She emailed back the same day and said in her usual ways "Damn it Helen! You’re going! Here are Frequent Flyers miles we are not using and you are sharing a room with me. Get a conference ticket and we’ll figure something out."

Yes. That is the kind of chick Jen is and I am proud to call her my friend. She rocks. Period.

Man! Those tickets were hotter than the best Nutella crepes on a street cart in Paris. They sold out before I could even log on the computer. So waitlist it was. Drats! Then my name got tossed in the hat for potential speaker and the wait began. Either a ticket would come open or I’d be a speaker in which case I would not need one. Nothing happened on either front for a very long time. Then, I finally scored a ticket and three days later got an email about being a speaker (in case you are wondering, that ticket went back in the ticket pool).

Vanilla, Caramel & Chocolate Mousse

So here we are…On Friday I get to squeeze silly one of the best gals I know and on Saturday I will be talking about "Your Blog is Greatโ€ฆnow what? Letting your blog lead the way to new opportunity". I am honored, ecstatic and nervous all at once. Sharing this panel with Jaden and Amy gives the chance to see three different people with different opportunities, different paths and at different pit stops on their careers. I have no doubt this panel will be informative and fun. Did I say I was psyched already? Ok, ok….

Well, I am not done being psyched because my friend Anita from Married With Dinner extended an invite to stay with her a couple for a few days passed the conference and of course I jumped on it! Finally we get to hang out! We have plenty of fun things planned and I can’t wait to tell you about it through pictures and emotions. There will be plenty of dinners, lunches and stories shared with friends and strangers and I hope to post a few fun shots while I am gone.

I know by now you must be pretty tired about me gushing about the next five days, so I will shut up and give you back some of the "good schtuff" I am lucky to experience everyday by hosting a little giveaway.

Aprons sample, for more colors and motifs, check The Hip Hostess website.

To win one of these adorable demi style aprons by The Hip Hostess (winner’s choice) all you have to do is leave a comment on this post between Thursday September 24th and Sunday September 27th, midnight Eastern Time. My dear husband will draw the winner at random and I will put her/him in contact with The Hip Hostess to pick the preferred demi style apron. But that’s not all! Deborah from The Hip Hostess generously offers all the readers of Tartelette a 15% discount on any order throughout October 15th 2009. Use the promo code TART (all caps) at check out. Very cool!

Enter Jen’s to win an Ipod Nano and enter here to win a fabulous apron handmade by The Hip Hostess, so you can bake and groove in style. And no, we did not plan it, would not have worked, ahah!

Now you can understand why I loaded the fridge with tons of good things for Bill to eat while I am gone. I am sad he won’t be able to walk around SF with me but I know he is not yet prepared for a room full of people saying "Oh my god it’s you!" and hugging you every 5 minutes. He said mousse was just fine. Especially one that starts with a soft and silky Bavarian cream and combines delicious layers such as vanilla, salted butter caramel and chocolate…

Vanilla, Caramel & Chocolate Mousse

Vanilla, Salted Butter Caramel and Chocolate Mousse:

Serves 4 to 6 depending on the size of your ramekins

Notes: you want to prepare the caramel part of this triplr mousse first as it needs to cool down properly before being incorporated to the rest of the base.

For the caramel:
1/2 cup (100gr) sugar
2 tablespoons (30ml) water
1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or fine sea salt
1/4 cup (60ml ) heavy cream
2 teaspoons (10gr) unsalted butter

For the chocolate:
4 oz (120gr) dark semisweet chocolate

For the vanilla mousse base:
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup (50 gr) sugar
1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
1/2 vanilla bean
1 Tb (7gr) powdered gelatin, sprinkled over 3 Tb water
1 cup (250ml) heavy cream

Prepare the caramel:Place the sugar and water in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to cook until caramel in color. Remove from the heat and add the salt, heavy cream and butter. Stir with a wooden spoon until completely smooth. Let cool to room temperature.

Prepare the chocolate:
In a medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate until smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Prepare the mousse base:
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until very pale. In the meantime, in a large saucepan set over medium heat, bring the milk and the vanilla bean (split open and scraped over the milk) to a boil. Slowly pour the milk over the yolks, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan over medium low heat and cook until the cream coats the back of a spoon (as if making creme anglaise). Add the softened gelatin and stir until melted completely into the cream. Let cool to room temperature.
Whip the heavy cream to soft peaks and fold it into the cooled cream base. Divide the base into three equal portions (one will stay untouched).

Add a couple of tablespoons of the base to the caramel to lighten it a bit and stir with a spoon. Gently fold the rest of the alloted mousse base into the caramel with a spatula.
Do the same for the chocolate portion.
Layer all three parts evenly into dishes or ramekins and refrigerate for an hour.

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Branwen September 24, 2009 um 2:31 pm

Those aprons are adorable! I'd love to win one.

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 2:32 pm

Your creations always amaze me and motivate me to push myself in the kitchen. Love it! The mousse looks delicious…as always ๐Ÿ™‚

Mireya September 24, 2009 um 2:37 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 2:38 pm

I love reading your blog. Your photographs and recipes are beautiful!

Amy September 24, 2009 um 2:39 pm

I love your blog. The photos are great and it is fun to follow your culinary adventures. I have yet to make any of your creations but hopefully this weekend will be the one. Have a great time at BlogHer.

Erica September 24, 2009 um 2:39 pm

Oh, those aprons are gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mariana September 24, 2009 um 2:40 pm

Have fun at the conference! I hope I win an apron while you're away!

Lex September 24, 2009 um 2:42 pm

I love your sight and it gives me such wonderful inspiration to spend more time in the kitchen! Thanks!

Finla September 24, 2009 um 2:42 pm

I loved reading thispost, from your earlier post and from jeans place i knew you both wre good friends.
Loved Tartelette is cutting their air supply hi hi i was laughinh out loud here.
Enjoy you time in theblogher meeating.
Wish i had the patience to make this beautiful and dleicous dessert.
Love the apron. Will check out the site.

Diana September 24, 2009 um 2:44 pm

I would also stalk those mousses in the back in the fridge.

So kind of you to give away an apron, they're all lovely.

Kira September 24, 2009 um 2:45 pm

Have a wonderful time at BlogHer! These aprons are absolutely adorable! I love them.

Whisk-At-Hand September 24, 2009 um 2:45 pm

The mousse looks so good! And the black and white demi apron is adorable! Have a wonderful time in SF (you'll be in my neck of the woods)!

Indirect Heat September 24, 2009 um 2:47 pm

This looks delicious – might have to make it this weekend. And I think my wife would *love* to see me in one of those aprons…

rudie2shoes September 24, 2009 um 2:49 pm

I hope you have an awesome time in SF & definitely post plenty of pics! Happy travelling!

TheKate September 24, 2009 um 2:50 pm

Save travels!

Rachel September 24, 2009 um 2:53 pm

Between the aprons and the dessert, I'm in heaven!

Eunice September 24, 2009 um 2:56 pm

Your recipes are not only amazing but gorgeous! They look like tiny pieces of art! You motivate me to push myself harder in the kitchen!

The Atheist Cartographer September 24, 2009 um 2:59 pm

Those are beautiful aprons!
Have fun at the conference–it sounds like it'll be great!

Madeleine September 24, 2009 um 3:01 pm

You are my favorite food blogger! I positively drool over each and every post.

Let's face it: presentation counts. Where do you buy such fantastic verrines, ramekins, bowls, etc for your masterpieces?!

sbelle September 24, 2009 um 3:05 pm

Beautiful and looks scrumptious!

Katrina W. September 24, 2009 um 3:10 pm

Must try this recipe – thanks, it looks marvelous!!

Jessica September 24, 2009 um 3:11 pm

Those look gorgeous. You do perfect layered desserts. So pretty.

Simones Kitchen September 24, 2009 um 3:11 pm

I would so have loved loved loved to go to Blogher… but it's not gonna happen! Maybe I can then also some of that gorgeous chocolate mousse? Just to make me feel better too..? Have an insanely fantastic time over there Helen! I'm sure we will hear all about it when you're back!

Jessica September 24, 2009 um 3:14 pm

The aprons are so cute! Right now I'm rocking a clasic blue and white striped full on apron from Williams and Sonoma and would love another to work in the rotation. An apron for every mood!

Lee Anne September 24, 2009 um 3:16 pm

Gorgeous aprons! And desserts, of course, as always lovely.

Laura September 24, 2009 um 3:16 pm

Oh my gosh that mousse looks good. Lucky husband!

Good to know I am not the only blogger that does not have money for things like BlogHer–that's awesome that Jen came through for you like that. The aprons are adorable.

cindy* September 24, 2009 um 3:19 pm

the mousses look amazing!

so happy to hear that you get to connect with some of your blog pals…amazing! also happy to hear that things worked out on that front as well, it will be a blast i'm sure!

Pat in Oak Ridge September 24, 2009 um 3:20 pm

This recipe looks wonderful. I hope you have a great time at the conference. Maybe you and The Pioneer Woman can get together.

Brienne September 24, 2009 um 3:24 pm

Absolutely fantastic – dessert, photography, and a giveaway! Have a safe and wonderful trip.

Where can I find those clear spoons…they look fabulous?

Char September 24, 2009 um 3:25 pm

oh so much heaven to love

and the aprons are so adorable!

Karolina September 24, 2009 um 3:29 pm

Yes! I will, in fact, be the hippest hostess in one of these aprons!

LS September 24, 2009 um 3:35 pm

salted butter and chocolate is just the divine mix according to me! your recipe and picture are just so tempting! Have a good time in S.F.

Maria September 24, 2009 um 3:36 pm

Love the dessert, love the aprons, love you! I can't wait to meet you in person this weekend. Have a safe trip and see you soon:)

Hilary September 24, 2009 um 3:37 pm

Have a great trip and be safe!

boysnbiscuits September 24, 2009 um 3:38 pm

You are fabulous! I can't wait to try this recipe!

And the aprons… oh my. I have developed an obsession with aprons over the past couple years, and I would just LOVE to add one of these to my collection! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win one!

Wendi September 24, 2009 um 3:41 pm

The Mousse– It is just beautiful!

Allison September 24, 2009 um 3:41 pm

Love those aprons, and the mousse, not sure which one I want more right now (pretty sure it's the mousse). Hope to see you at BlogHer!

Anita (Married… with dinner) September 24, 2009 um 3:42 pm

aw, you are so sweet to give us a shout-out… we are so excited to have you come visit us at last!

See you VERY soon ๐Ÿ˜€

veron September 24, 2009 um 3:43 pm

YUm, I know how great those salted caramels are. Have fun in San Francisco, wish I could go as that's my favorite city in the U.S. You'll do fantastic as a speaker!

Stacey September 24, 2009 um 3:45 pm

J'aimerais trop etre une HIP HOSTESS!!! I would love to be a hip hostess!

Dana Treat September 24, 2009 um 3:47 pm

This recipe looks absolutely dreamy to me – everything I love in one little pot – except for the gelatin. Why does some mousse have it and others don't? Is there some way to get around it for us vegetarians? (I don't expect an answer any time soon – I know you are busy!)

Jen Yu September 24, 2009 um 3:49 pm

Nah nah nah, I just wanted you there b/c I didn't want to room with anyone else ๐Ÿ˜‰ ah ha ha! Seriously, the conference is so much better for having you! Can't wait. *Get some sleep!!* xxoo

P.S. bring a mousse while you're at it. You can bribe the airlines with it when they mess up your flight ๐Ÿ™‚ hee hee

Jane September 24, 2009 um 3:49 pm

now that is one cool apron.

Amber September 24, 2009 um 3:52 pm

Beautiful aprons – beautiful photography. I am always so impressed!

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 3:53 pm

Such cute aprons!!! I wish I was going to BlogHer, I would love to hear your talk! Maybe next year it will be on the East coast…

Nicole September 24, 2009 um 3:54 pm

Oh my goodness these look wonderful. Those aprons are so cute too!

Heidi September 24, 2009 um 4:00 pm

Yummmmm, mousse looks amazing!!

Ria Mathew September 24, 2009 um 4:02 pm

I am so happy for you Helen! Have a great time at Blogher! Wish I could join you all…next yr maybe when I move to USA. Then I'll be there along with others to say 'Oh my God! It's you!' ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a safe trip! And I must say Bill is sure lucky to have you! :)You stock up so well!!


Sylvia September 24, 2009 um 4:05 pm

I love your blog, am salivating over the mousse, and would love an apron! The other day I narrowly escaped getting bacon grease all over my work outfit, so I think I need it!

Erin Renzas September 24, 2009 um 4:09 pm

This looks amazing!

Crystal September 24, 2009 um 4:10 pm

I hope you have a *blast*! (Wtg, Jen!) I'm apparently a sucker for mousse or bavarian cream as well… you never talk about it without my being tempted to make it… ๐Ÿ™‚

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 4:14 pm

A chic apron? I hardly knew there was such a thing! I'm jonesing for it!

As always, your photos are beautiful.

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 4:15 pm

These look wonderful! I can't wait to make them. Thanks for the giveaway. The aprons are soooo cute!

Fig September 24, 2009 um 4:16 pm

I can't decide which looks more delicious – those amazing aprons or the luscious mousses. I'd have to pick the mousse, I think, but it would sure be nice to eat one while wearing a cute apron. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anita September 24, 2009 um 4:17 pm

Beautiful aprons!

Diana September 24, 2009 um 4:18 pm

Love the layered look of the mousse, so pretty! Would also love an apron ๐Ÿ™‚

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 4:18 pm

Apparently I've just been keeping an eye on you in my reader, because I'm pretty sure I haven't seen the new blog design- it's beautiful! I love the blue-gray neutral color scheme. Anyway, have fun in San Fran, I'm super jealous!


Unknown September 24, 2009 um 4:20 pm

The mousse looks absolutely appetizing and delicious! The aprons are so adorable and stylish too! Have a great time in SF! The food there is wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pei-Lin September 24, 2009 um 4:20 pm

Oh dear! I'm gonna try this real soon for my family!! Thanks for sharing Helen! And, all the best at BlogHer!! Awaiting your good news!


Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 4:21 pm

I live in San Francisco, and hope you enjoy the city as much as I do! Have a wonderful trip.

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 4:23 pm

Those mousse cups look divine! Seriously. Even if you weren't giving away the cutest damn aprons, I've ever seen, I'd still be forced to tell you how damn delicious those look. My mouth is watering and it's still breakfast time. It's my hubby's birthday today, so may I will have to make these now instead of mocha cake. Mmmmm.

Southern Gal September 24, 2009 um 4:28 pm

The aprons are great, but that mousse is beyond words. Can't wait to try it!

lumplings September 24, 2009 um 4:29 pm

Oooo cute aprons! Thanks for organizing this!

NecessaryForce September 24, 2009 um 4:29 pm

I've never made mousse before, but I'm tempted to make these!
Beautiful aprons, by the way. And I look forward to hearing all about the conference!

koto September 24, 2009 um 4:31 pm

Caramel is one of my favorite things in this world..! I will have to set aside a weekend day to tackle this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck and have fun at BlogHer!

kickpleat September 24, 2009 um 4:32 pm

The mousse looks amazing! And of course I'd love an apron and they are just so pretty. Have a great time at BlogHer!

Brandi September 24, 2009 um 4:34 pm

(1) Have fun at the BlogHer conference! I wish I was going, but alas, school work calls…
(2) Your blog makes me want to eat my computer screen. Today's delicious dessert is no exception. My only fear about making it is that I would horde all of the final products and just eat them until I was in a dessert coma.
(3) Those aprons are so cute! I'd love to have a demi-apron. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that I win it, but if I don't, I just may have to use that 15% offer.

Janet September 24, 2009 um 4:43 pm

Those aprons are a MUST have!

Travel safe – come back soon – we'll miss you!!

Ammy Lea September 24, 2009 um 4:44 pm

putting the mousse on the "to bake list" and the aprons on the "to buy if i don't win list"!

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 4:48 pm

those aprons are adorable!!

edina September 24, 2009 um 4:49 pm

The mousse looks so delicious! Thanks for a great giveaway!

JacquieLH September 24, 2009 um 4:50 pm

These aprons are awesome! And your dessert looks so pretty. I have a fear of doing layered desserts ๐Ÿ™‚

Angela September 24, 2009 um 5:00 pm

loving the aprons!

kprice September 24, 2009 um 5:02 pm

Love, love, love the aprons!

ReNi September 24, 2009 um 5:03 pm

I'd probably have spotted the dessert right away too. quel dommage that i haven't got any time this weekend to try it..
Have a nice time >> SF ๐Ÿ™‚

LadyWild September 24, 2009 um 5:04 pm

Those aprons are adorable. I wonder how cute it would be covered in flour and goo. I'm such a messy cook!

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 5:05 pm

Is this the kind of caramel you are not supposed to stir while it is on the fire? Is there a "stage" I should be looking for or a temperature?

Lucy Vaserfirer September 24, 2009 um 5:05 pm

The conference sounds like itโ€™s going to be terrific. I hope you have a blast, and Iโ€™m looking forward to reading all about it when you get back. I hope I can go next year!

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 5:06 pm

oh gosh these look soooooo good. my hips won't thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

and those demi-aprons…. WAY too cute!

thank you for the giveaway!!!

Fee ist mein Name September 24, 2009 um 5:08 pm

I'd love to cook in style ;-)!

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 5:10 pm

The mousse looks delicious!

Username_Not_Available September 24, 2009 um 5:15 pm

Have a wonderful trip. SF is the best.

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 5:21 pm

The desserts look soooo good! An apron like the ones in the giveaway would be great- just in time for moving into our new house and NEW kitchen!

LisaB September 24, 2009 um 5:21 pm

I've been wanting to try one of your recipes with salted caramel, so this gives me another option. The mousse looks so delicious, and I especially like seeing the layers through the clear ramekins.

Have a wonderful trip!

Jason September 24, 2009 um 5:23 pm

I'm going to be honest: my wife asked me to leave this comment. I do love the post but in all reality I just want to win the apron so she doesn't hound me to buy her one for 6 weeks until I give in. Thanks for the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

oneordinaryday September 24, 2009 um 5:25 pm

So exciting about the conference….the mousse looks positively incredible….and those aprons? Super cute!
Have a great trip!

SugarPunk September 24, 2009 um 5:29 pm

Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful. I must try mousses again after my last failure, but we so rarely have dairy around.

cute aprons, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 5:31 pm

i adore your & jen's blogs. i read them every day, and on your off days, i re-read old posts. i remember reading, on both of your blogs, when your trip didn't work out in may, and i was bummed FOR you, haha. all of that said, however, i was surprised when, as i read about jen donating frequent flier miles to you, my eyes started to tear up, and i found myself saying "ohmygoodness!!" out loud…at my desk…at work! what a wonderful treat this upcoming trip will be! i can't wait to read all about it. i wish i could be a fly on the wall during your presentation – you're going to do fabulous!!

Renee September 24, 2009 um 5:38 pm

Have an absolutely fabulous trip!
The aprons are gorgeous, I'm sure wearing one to cook and bake would make my food taste better… ๐Ÿ™‚

Gretchen September 24, 2009 um 5:40 pm

Those aprons are so sweet…

elyse September 24, 2009 um 5:41 pm

Those aprons are divine!!!

bridget {bake at 350} September 24, 2009 um 5:41 pm

Oh, I'd love a new apron! They are so cute!

elyse September 24, 2009 um 5:43 pm

Those aprons are divine!!!

Jingle September 24, 2009 um 5:43 pm

OH, my goodness that mousse looks AMAZING! It sounds like you've had quite an adventure! LOL!

elyse September 24, 2009 um 5:43 pm

Those aprons are divine!!!

Cait September 24, 2009 um 5:46 pm

I love hearing about what a sweet tooth Bill has! It's so funny. Congratulations about the speaking opportunity!

Dolce September 24, 2009 um 5:46 pm

Congratulations on being a speaker at the BlogHer conference, and good luck with everything!

K* September 24, 2009 um 5:46 pm

I would love one of these aprons! It would keep me much neater while I cook… I tend to get a little messy in the kitchen!

Susan September 24, 2009 um 5:48 pm

Darling aprons!

And the dessert looks incredible. I may have to incorporate it into my menu in the next week or so. Yum!

kelsey September 24, 2009 um 5:48 pm

i think i'd rather have the dessert!!! but i guess i'll take the apron!

ZDubb September 24, 2009 um 5:49 pm

These aprons are fantabulous!
Everyone needs a friend like Jen. Everyone.
I hope you have fun in SF. Take lots of photos!

Cannelle Et Vanille September 24, 2009 um 5:50 pm

jen does rock and so do these. making bill happy!

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 5:55 pm

The mousses sound delish, will have to try the recipe.

Romy September 24, 2009 um 5:56 pm

Apron! Mousse! Both lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cyn September 24, 2009 um 6:00 pm

I was looking for a recipe that used yolks (because I want to use the whites for macarons), and this one is just the thing!
Thanks for the lovely recette and photos.

Lindsay September 24, 2009 um 6:00 pm

What a fun idea! I love aprons AND giveaways! You have a beautiful blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 6:01 pm

Wow, again a great recipe that looks amazing plus this really cool apron you offer as a give away. Could the day get any better? ๐Ÿ˜€

h September 24, 2009 um 6:05 pm

BlogHer sounds wonderful! Have fun!

Anne September 24, 2009 um 6:06 pm

That dessert is gorgeous and I love love love those aprons!

kateiline September 24, 2009 um 6:08 pm

I'm so glad you're getting a chance to go meet all your online friends! (And the mousse looks so yummy)

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 6:10 pm

That mousse looks divine. I love the different layers!

Kate September 24, 2009 um 6:10 pm

You had me at salted butter caramel. Divine! And the aprons are fantastic too!

Calvine September 24, 2009 um 6:12 pm

Oh these are adorable! I think I will be purchasing even if I don't win, but here goes…. Thanks, and enjoy the conference!

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 6:17 pm

Love those aprons! So cute! And I wish I could go to the BlogHer conference sometime. The mousse sounds fantastic.

Kitchenlander September 24, 2009 um 6:18 pm

Beautiful mousse and beautiful aprons!

linda September 24, 2009 um 6:24 pm

your blog brightens my days…as would one of the aprons from the hip hostess!
kudos on speaking at blogher conference & i did click on to see the amazing company you are keeping!
have the best time & we cannot wait for your post telling us all about the conference & visiting anita! take it all in helen!!

Lauren September 24, 2009 um 6:27 pm

I love these aprons! So cute! Also I'm totally drooling over the mousse. I will have to try this recipe!

Mimi September 24, 2009 um 6:30 pm

I think it would improve my cooking if I wore one of those aprons!. Have a great time at the conference.

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 6:31 pm

Oh! Such cute aprons ๐Ÿ™‚

Have fun at the conference…if I were going, I'd totally be one of those attendees hugging you every five minutes and saying "Oh! It's you!", lol…love your blog

HLEure September 24, 2009 um 6:32 pm

These aprons are adorable, and I just adore mousse!

Thanks for hosting the giveaway and sharing the recipe.

lynda September 24, 2009 um 6:32 pm

oh my goodness! those aprons are fabulous! must get them for christmas gifts this year!

Elissa Sato September 24, 2009 um 6:33 pm

Great site/photographs/recipes – I'm hoping to make the mava cakes some day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lisa | Authentic Suburban Gourmet September 24, 2009 um 6:34 pm

These look amazing and I must try – the salted caramel is what hooked me! Your site is beautiful!

Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity September 24, 2009 um 6:36 pm

Man, you always know how to get me. Just today I was pondering what kind of mousse I should make and then you come out with these babies. They look wonderful Helen! Just what the doctor ordered.

I hope you have a wonderful time in San Francisco! The conference sounds like it will be so much fun!

B.Dina September 24, 2009 um 6:37 pm

I *have8 to try this recipe! It sounds and looks so delicious!

Thank you!

lauraelih September 24, 2009 um 6:43 pm

Hello! Longtime reader, occasional commenter here. The aprons are just adorable, and I began drooling the minute I clicked over to the post, especially once I read "salted caramel"!

Corey September 24, 2009 um 6:46 pm

My husband is sitting next to me and said "you should make that!" so I guess I'll be making the mousse…hopefully while wearing one of the aprons. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 6:47 pm

The mousse trio is really nice for presentation. Of course, the taste of salted butter caramel is going to be good regardless of how it looks.

B.Dina September 24, 2009 um 6:47 pm

I *have* to try this recipe! The mousse looks and sounds so delicious!

Thank you!

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 6:52 pm

yummmmy dessert.your husband is one lucky guy!
Those aprons look gorgeous too! I would love to win one!

Caye September 24, 2009 um 6:53 pm

I love this blog. I have made several recipes and they have been fabulous! The aprons look darling too!

Nicole September 24, 2009 um 7:07 pm

Aprons are too cute! As are the little mousses …

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 7:09 pm

I would love to win one of those aprons!

[email protected]

Mrs. G September 24, 2009 um 7:10 pm

Good luck at the conference!

Jill September 24, 2009 um 7:12 pm

Good luck with your panel – I'm sure you'll be great! Looking forward to posts and photos from the conference once you're back ๐Ÿ™‚

Elaine September 24, 2009 um 7:15 pm

This recipe looks absolutely delicious!!! I'm looking forward to making it =)

Anna September 24, 2009 um 7:17 pm

Oh wow, I would have loved to go to that conference! Any idea if they have plans for having one in Chicago any time soon? And the mousse look delicious as always. By the way, where did you get those glasses? They look specially made for these kinds of desserts and I've been looking and just can't find anything similar.

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 7:23 pm

Leave a comment,huh? Well, I look at your blog everyday to make sure I don't miss anything. And I would love one of those aprons.

The Bon September 24, 2009 um 7:30 pm

these look AMAZING.

Aditi Fogispap September 24, 2009 um 7:35 pm

Have a lovely trip!

Vivian September 24, 2009 um 7:36 pm

Salted butter caramel, gets me everytime…yummm

Your desserts rouse so many sweets fantasies in me. Congrats on being invited to speak at the conference and thanks for having giveaways too!

FeistywithFlavor September 24, 2009 um 7:39 pm

How exciting! I hope you have a wonderful time and look forward to reading your posts regarding the conference.

Cara September 24, 2009 um 7:39 pm

Love it all!

anadelicias September 24, 2009 um 7:42 pm

Hummm!!!!! Ilove all kind of mousses, but I prefer vanilla mousse and chocolate mousse… Beautiful pics!!

Kristen September 24, 2009 um 7:42 pm

I always enjoy your blog– have fun at the conference!

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 7:43 pm

MMM mousse! Bill is a smart man. Love the aprons, so cute.

Dominique September 24, 2009 um 7:46 pm

Je suis sรปre qu'un de ces tabliers m'irait trรจs bien!

That's Me! September 24, 2009 um 7:49 pm


Tonia September 24, 2009 um 7:58 pm

Giveaway? I am there!

skimmy September 24, 2009 um 8:01 pm

oh…i'm so excited for you!! sounds like fun…=)

April September 24, 2009 um 8:02 pm

I think I just might have the courage to try making a mousse like that if I had one of those gorgeous aprons! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lina September 24, 2009 um 8:04 pm

I love the apron!!! And the mouse looks delish!!

Janie Ludes Vasilia September 24, 2009 um 8:05 pm

My virgin post! Like everyone, I am so taken by your photos. Great incentive!
I have been told that cooking is my 'terapy'!! Wish I loved gardening or housework as much as I love cooking. Ah well- a blessing & a curse- yes?
Can't wait to try this luscious mousse.
Knock their socks off in SFO. Have fun. LOVE that city.

Jennifer September 24, 2009 um 8:18 pm

Do you know how amazing you are? Oh my!! This desert is stunning in presentation and vibrant in decadent flavours! Your photos are so gorgeous as always!!! What a lovely giveaway! Crossing my toes, those aprons are so cute!

Ruthie September 24, 2009 um 8:19 pm

Such cute aprons!

lauren September 24, 2009 um 8:24 pm

My fiance doesn't like caramel and even though I try and convince him that it is all in his head…no dice. So because I never get caramel, this is making me want it even more!!

Parita September 24, 2009 um 8:26 pm

Oh my the mousse looks stunning!! Bill is so lucky ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a grt time at BlogHer , enjoy ur trip ๐Ÿ™‚

katie September 24, 2009 um 8:28 pm

Gorgeous aprons, and gorgeous mousse!

jen September 24, 2009 um 8:34 pm

Am having a broken-hearted friend over this weekend to try to cheer her up – I think these mousses will certainly help! Thanks for all your great recipes.

Lisa September 24, 2009 um 8:42 pm

That dessert looks and sounds delicious! Happy travels to SF!

ANNA MARIA PELLEGRINO September 24, 2009 um 8:48 pm

Ti leggo da tanto tempo: i tuoi dolci e le ue foto sono davvero deliziosi. Oggi, grazie ai grembiuli, mi sono decisa a scriverti! E grazie per la splendida idea che mi hai suggerito per un dono speciale ad una cara amica. A presto.

Karen September 24, 2009 um 8:54 pm

Love your blog, beautiful photographs and the apron. thanks for introducing The Hip Hostess to me.

Nama September 24, 2009 um 8:55 pm

These look so delicious! And I'd love a cute demi apron. ๐Ÿ™‚

Barbara September 24, 2009 um 9:00 pm

I can see why his eyes jumped to those…I would have made a grab for them too. Now, because of you, my weekend will be filled with them. Thank you!

The Bella Life September 24, 2009 um 9:02 pm

Love giveaways! And as always I love the photos of this mousse recipe (I wish I had at least half the talent.)


Jess Chou September 24, 2009 um 9:06 pm

Those aprons are so cute! And your creations are mouthwatering as usual

Jessie September 24, 2009 um 9:10 pm

oh my goodness. you and all my internet heros are coming to my town! have a wonderful time. the weather is going to be great this weekend. btw, i love those aprons. i think i will order some fror xmas gifts!

Helene September 24, 2009 um 9:18 pm

Marina: yes, let the sugar and water boil without stirring. Just take the pot off the stove when it reaches caramel color (around 300F).

Re-glasses: I found these while antique browsing last summer. Visit your local antique stores, they are full of surprises!

NKP September 24, 2009 um 9:18 pm

What an adventure you will have!
The mouse are gorgeous, I love the fall flavours.
Have a safe and fun trip!

MissBliss September 24, 2009 um 9:19 pm

the mousse is unfathomably mouthwatering!

I would love to be entered for an apron! I will make your mousse in it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gisele Jaquenod September 24, 2009 um 9:29 pm

Yummiest post ever xD
I want to enter for the beautiful apron!!!

SouthernPeach September 24, 2009 um 9:30 pm

Eat some really good Sourdough Bread while your there! Yummy….. and this mousse… is a must!

The Red Apron September 24, 2009 um 9:33 pm

Congrats on your blog. Been following your blog from the Dominican Republic now for more than a year. I have tried a few recpies myself always with a great result.

Love it keep blogging!

SouthernPeach September 24, 2009 um 9:39 pm

Sorry if this doubles… Please eat some of that San Francisco Sour Dough bread. Oh it is soooo good! Yummy…. Speaking of which this mousse speaks to me and I guess I will be eating some along with Bill. Have Fun!

Noelley September 24, 2009 um 9:39 pm

The Mousse looks delicious! Have a wonderful time in San Francisco. ๐Ÿ™‚

Deborah September 24, 2009 um 9:39 pm

Those aprons look great, but the mousses look amazing!

Holly M. Wendt September 24, 2009 um 9:40 pm

Those mousses look divine, and so do those aprons!

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 9:41 pm

Helen, these aprons are ADORABLE with a capital A!!! This recipe looks amazing too, I love salted caramel! Mmm!

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 9:42 pm

Oh my gosh I love your site and I ADORE those aprons! Have a great trip – I hope you get to meet Ree she seems so sweet!

scorpion baker September 24, 2009 um 9:43 pm

Caramel and chocolate. Can't wait to try this recipe. My better-half will love it.

Dawn September 24, 2009 um 9:48 pm

The mousse looks fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway.

Bellameru September 24, 2009 um 9:48 pm

Mmm, looks delectable just from the pictures!
Your husband sure is lucky!

Bron September 24, 2009 um 9:53 pm

I'm so excited for you!!!!
I probably won't sleep tonight either, hehe
xxxx Yummy mousse hunny

Jayme September 24, 2009 um 9:56 pm

oh how I wish I were going to the blogher conference! I would so very much love to meet you and hear what you (and all the other speakers!) have to say!

I suppose I'll have to settle with reading about it right here when you report back ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great time in San Francisco!

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 10:06 pm

Yum! That's the first thing I'd notice, too. The stripes kind of remind me of candy corn…thinkthinkthink.

Nicole @ The Sale Rack September 24, 2009 um 10:07 pm

Bill is a lucky man. Have a great time on your trip and at the conference (Jen does rock!). I just love The Hip Hostess' aprons and that's she's from Michigan, like me! thanks for the giveaway!

Marisa September 24, 2009 um 10:25 pm

I love the way your mousse looks. I have a chocolate peanut butter mousse with salted peanut brittle and caramel sauce on my menu right now! I'm an apron junkie! I'd love to add a new one!

Heidi September 24, 2009 um 10:44 pm

ooh, pick me! ๐Ÿ™‚

All That's Left Are The Crumbs September 24, 2009 um 10:45 pm

That mousse looks wonderful and has such a great combination of flavors. The aprons are very cool too and it would be a lot of fun to win one of them.

babyjenks September 24, 2009 um 10:46 pm

those mousse (mousses?) look so good. i love salted caramel! and the aprons are adorable!

Dani H September 24, 2009 um 10:51 pm

Thanks for the giveaway. The mousse looks fantastic. I'm sure you will be hugged out by the time you get home – we (your fans) LOVE you! Have a great trip.

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 10:53 pm

This mousse looks absolutely divine! I can't wait to try it!

Renee September 24, 2009 um 10:59 pm

*drool* oh yum.. is it ok to be craving chocolate mousse at 9 o'clock in the morning?!

Megan September 24, 2009 um 11:26 pm

This recipe looks fabulous, and easy enough for me to try! I love your photography.

Love the aprons, too.

Melissa September 24, 2009 um 11:27 pm

Those aprons are so cute! And I sure wish I could try that tri-layered mousse!

Unknown September 24, 2009 um 11:37 pm

ooh – I wish I had mousse tucked at the back of my fridge when I get home from work… I'd love to win an apron too!

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 11:50 pm

Awesome giveaway – super cute! Love your food photography…this mousse looks super yummy!!

Robin September 24, 2009 um 11:52 pm

Mmm, this looks awesome. I'll make some if I win the apron!

Allie September 24, 2009 um 11:53 pm

Have a great time in San Francisco!!!

Heather September 24, 2009 um 11:55 pm

Such adorable aprons! I would surely feel inspired to cook wearing one of those!

Anonymous September 24, 2009 um 11:57 pm

Love your blog, love the photography, love the mousse, love the aprons! Love it all!

Lisa September 24, 2009 um 11:57 pm

Have a fantastic time in SF! You will have a blast for sure! It's wonderful that you are speaking at the conference. Wish I were able to attend. Gorgeous mousse!

Amy from She Wears Many Hats September 25, 2009 um 12:06 am

Chocolate and salted caramel, can we put it in a to go cup and call it a day?

ailouron September 25, 2009 um 12:37 am

Ooh, have a fantastic time with Jen in SF! I have her to thank for finding your blog…

Rebecca D. Martin September 25, 2009 um 12:38 am

I love those aprons! And the mousse looks delicious.

Caroline September 25, 2009 um 12:38 am

Your mousse is gorgeous! I would love to win an apron, also!

Tina September 25, 2009 um 12:45 am

OMG – I love the cherry apron so much. It's so adorable.
I would love to win one!

Erin September 25, 2009 um 12:47 am

Having to test out a new apron would be the perfect reason to start making mousse again (:

The Ellsies September 25, 2009 um 12:49 am

Thanks for the give away, and I'm jealous about the conference!

โ™ฅpeachkinsโ™ฅ September 25, 2009 um 12:51 am

Have fun at the conference.. I always love these little cute spoons. The mousse looks like it's too cute to eat.

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 12:53 am

those aprons are adorable! i think i might have to get myself one even if i dont win ^^

nikki September 25, 2009 um 12:53 am

Those aprons are so cute! And the mousse looks delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

Angie September 25, 2009 um 1:10 am

I cannot wait to make this delectable dessert!! And the aprons are adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I was going to San Fran too, I would love to learn more about how to make a blog successful.

Deppified September 25, 2009 um 1:19 am

San Francisco – that's my town! Be sure to try desserts at Citizen Cake, and head over to Berkeley to eat at Chez Panisse if you can!

wildchildwu September 25, 2009 um 1:23 am

OoOooOohHhHhHHh!!! I wannnnnnt!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Mel September 25, 2009 um 1:35 am

If only I could get my boyfriend to eat moussey things. Perhaps if I cooked some up in one of those lovely aprons… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cindy September 25, 2009 um 1:35 am

If I won I'd pick the Cherry Me apron print. Love your blog!

Sakim September 25, 2009 um 1:38 am

Awww, those are adorable!

toontz September 25, 2009 um 1:56 am

Great news on getting into Blog Her. Good luck and have fun! That mousse is gorgeous and looks delicious.

amna September 25, 2009 um 2:03 am

something about layered desserts makes me swoon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Skychio September 25, 2009 um 2:10 am

You never disappoint your readers. Looks delicious!

Julia September 25, 2009 um 2:12 am

oh how cute! and as usual everything looks delicious….

Melanie September 25, 2009 um 2:12 am

I think that the aprons are so cute. I want to say that your photos of the food our fabulous!

Carolyn September 25, 2009 um 2:19 am

those aprons are lovely, just like everything on your site!

Shoe Gal September 25, 2009 um 2:24 am

I cannot wait to make these delicious goodies! Yum, yum, yum!

The aprons are just the perfect thing to wear while making these little cups of mousse, too!

Scrapamum September 25, 2009 um 2:34 am

You have the best most delicious recipes. I love your blog.
And… aren't those aprons adorable.

Michele P. September 25, 2009 um 2:44 am

the mousse looks yummy! And those aprons are darling as well!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Yen September 25, 2009 um 2:45 am

mmm that looks delicious! the aprons itself are pretty darn cute too!

Paula September 25, 2009 um 2:50 am

I'm tossing my name in the hat.

The Lovells September 25, 2009 um 2:50 am

cute, cute, cute!

Jami September 25, 2009 um 2:51 am

Beautiful posts..and lovely aprons! ๐Ÿ™‚

michelle September 25, 2009 um 2:52 am

mmm those look so good.

Micco September 25, 2009 um 3:01 am

Ohh, how I've always lusted after these aprons…

The Hobbit September 25, 2009 um 3:05 am

San Francisco sounds like fun to me.I'll be vacationing in Charleston this year.Will the apron help with the mousse?Than surely I need one.

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 3:33 am

Salted caramel ANYTHING is amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

Shan Shea September 25, 2009 um 3:33 am

your photos are beautiful and mouth-watering!
and the aprons are adorable!

Anna September 25, 2009 um 3:54 am

The mousse and aprons both look fabulous!

Kicks September 25, 2009 um 3:56 am

Woah, I love the salted caramel layer! I'd love to make these using some clear glasses like you did ๐Ÿ™‚

www.DE HARINA Y DE September 25, 2009 um 4:31 am

Have a great trip to San Francisco!! Whenever you get a chance please tell us about your conference for all us bloggers that can't be there! Enjoy!!

Alexandra September 25, 2009 um 4:35 am

Wow! Now that is fate! What a fabulous big hearted gal, Jen is the definition of Friend…
I wish you well at the convention! (so near, yet so far…I'm in Tacoma, WA)

Marie September 25, 2009 um 4:54 am

The mousse looks delish. And have fun at BlogHer ๐Ÿ˜€

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 5:16 am

OOoh, I love all your photos. They are so delicious looking and beautiful. I would love to win one of these pretty aprons.

Alix Taylor September 25, 2009 um 5:19 am

When does your cookbook come out? Have been thinking about buying an apron recently. Would be great to win one.

Esme September 25, 2009 um 5:23 am

The aprons are adorable. You changed your blog I notice.

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Sarah September 25, 2009 um 5:49 am

Have fun! Love the mousses…they are gorgeous. Sarah in New Zealand.

Anne September 25, 2009 um 5:51 am

I really wish I could be there too! I'll comfort myself with your mousse… and maybe I'll win an apron, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stephanie September 25, 2009 um 5:52 am

You should just close the contest now because I'm totally going to win ๐Ÿ™‚

Toby September 25, 2009 um 5:54 am

Oh, that looks delicious, and the aprons are so cute!

Demara September 25, 2009 um 5:56 am

that is beautiful mousse!! WISH i could bake like that…and sure you can enter me into the apron giveaway…I LOVE the black and white one!!!

Carina September 25, 2009 um 5:58 am

Those aprons are almost too beautiful to use. I said almost.

Anonymous September 25, 2009 um 6:03 am

Would love to win one of these gorgeous aprons! Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yudith

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 6:07 am

Yummy! Beautiful aprons! [email protected]

Mary September 25, 2009 um 6:23 am

I love them!!

Mary G.

Anonymous September 25, 2009 um 6:29 am

Looks absolutely divine! Have fun at the con~!

Joyce September 25, 2009 um 6:40 am

i love the aprons and the mousse is yummy looking. xoxo

Messy Kitchen, Frazzled Cook September 25, 2009 um 7:15 am

Wow, I am totally amazed by your blog. And your creations! Wish I was going to SFO just to meet you.

Ellemay September 25, 2009 um 7:24 am

I love those aprons! Is international shipping included?

Anna September 25, 2009 um 7:28 am

Those desserts look soo nice!!! Wish i could take a bite!

love the aprons too,i dont have one yet so here is to hoping i win something for once in my life ๐Ÿ˜›

Anonymous September 25, 2009 um 7:33 am

Hope you enjoy the conference. Make sure you do some sight-seeing. I live here and I still do it. You are inspiring as always.

Chri.s September 25, 2009 um 7:40 am

This is the Dessert I didnt know I was waiting for!! Thanks a lot!
I am going to try it right away and make it for "the girls" on my birthday next week! thanks so much!

shaz September 25, 2009 um 8:00 am

Wow! Sounds like you're in for a weekend full of good things – so wonderful to read about how it all came together for you.

Can't wait to hear about your adventures when you get back.

Claire September 25, 2009 um 8:18 am

Looks delicious and your photos are as stunning as ever. The approns look super cute. Fingers crossed

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 9:26 am

Lovely aprons that sure would make my fall cooking more fun!

Coconut and Vanilla September 25, 2009 um 9:29 am

Hi Helen,

I'm following your blog for so long now, but I'm always too shy to write. You really inspire(d) me with your great photography and delicious recipes. So far I created a own food blog this summer.
Anyway your mousse just looks perfect and is on the head of the to-do-food-list.

Have a good time in San Francisco!

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 10:34 am

me me me!!! I would like to have one too ๐Ÿ˜›

Adi September 25, 2009 um 10:51 am

Thank you for the giveaway!!

Flo Bretzel September 25, 2009 um 11:37 am

Love the aprons…and the mousse au chocolat too.
Have a nive trip in San Fran and viele Grรผsse aus Mรผnchen!

Kristin September 25, 2009 um 11:55 am

I'm feeling vicarious excitement. I can just imagine you & Jen sharing a room. Hope you get SOME sleep.

The Hip Hostess September 25, 2009 um 12:04 pm

We're simply delighted and totally flattered to be featured on Tartelette.You have definitely captured the sweet side of life with your amazing photos. Thanks a bunch for all the sweet talk, Merci!

Deanna September 25, 2009 um 12:16 pm

Have a wonderful trip!

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 12:44 pm

Love your blog! Your photos are amazing.

Rhonda September 25, 2009 um 12:45 pm

Three flavors of mousse, Bill is so lucky. The aprons are great as I love that site and planning a birthday gift to my SIL who collects them. Have fun in SF.

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 12:47 pm

This would be such a treat for my parents-in-law, coming tonight!

Erica L. September 25, 2009 um 12:55 pm

The mousse looks outrageously delicious, and the aprons are adorable! Thanks for the wonderful post, and have a great trip!

Mel September 25, 2009 um 1:10 pm

Oh man. Curse you, grad school, for giving me homework to interfere with my chance to make this mousse RIGHT NOW!

FrancisMoore September 25, 2009 um 1:24 pm

I love the aprons and would like to win one. F. Moore

Anonymous September 25, 2009 um 1:25 pm

Those aprons are absolutely adorable, and even though I never win anything like this, I'll still throw my hat in the ring. Enjoy the conference!

sammysweettooth September 25, 2009 um 1:27 pm

I haven't made mousse in years, I'd love to make it in one of those cut aprons!

Sarah McNair September 25, 2009 um 1:34 pm

Wow, that mousse dessert looks fabulous and is definitely something I'll be trying!
*The aprons are simply adorable too!*

Kristen September 25, 2009 um 1:37 pm

Have a great time in CA. I'm a little bit jealous. All those headliners! Including you.

amande et miel September 25, 2009 um 1:40 pm

C'est magnifique !!!

Your blog is so fabulous…

Anonymous September 25, 2009 um 1:43 pm

Have a wonderful time in SF – and I hope my husband never sees this post, because he'll be expecting me to leave him mousse….

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 1:51 pm

Love the triple layer mousse…now I have to get glass ramekins. Love the aprons too.

Robin September 25, 2009 um 2:05 pm

I so wish i could go to blogher, although at this point my only friends in the food bloging world were my friends before as well. Your speech sounds wonderful, I am sure everyone will enjoy it. have a blast, I know you will.


Megan September 25, 2009 um 2:10 pm

Ooo! I love the turquoise apron… the black and white is very cute too!

Estie September 25, 2009 um 2:16 pm

Have a great trip! Can't wait to make these!

Sarah September 25, 2009 um 2:18 pm

Whoa! Your blog comments exploded!

I'm going to have to try this mousse, I made the mascarpone mousse the other day though and it didn't work, I think I let the egg yolks cook when I was mixing. Arg!

paddlemama September 25, 2009 um 2:26 pm

I love aprons! I have some made by my grandmother including a child-sized one she made for me about 40 years ago! I'd love to add one of these to the collection.

JessW September 25, 2009 um 2:26 pm

I hope your trip is as wonderful as those desserts look! Have a lovely time~

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 2:51 pm

Great blog! And those aprons are adorable!

Dawn September 25, 2009 um 2:55 pm

Bonjour! I just got a new roommate 3 weeks ago – he's from Paris and he asked me where to buy ramkins for a dessert he wants to make, but I haven't found any to his liking yet. Do you have any suggestions of good places to get them? I always see such beautiful ones on your blog! (PS, the aprons are awesome!) Merci beaucoup!

StinaRie September 25, 2009 um 2:56 pm

Your blog makes my thighs AND eyes grow.
It's to freaking pretty!

Rachelle September 25, 2009 um 3:00 pm

OMG! I'm glad it's impossible to gain weight from "looking" at food photos. My sweet tooth is drooling at your pics.

Looking forward to meeting you in San Fran!

aka @Travelblggr

Jan September 25, 2009 um 3:21 pm

love the cute aprons! have a blast on your trip… ok ill admit it… im a little jelous!

Lindsay September 25, 2009 um 3:25 pm

The mousse looks so perfect. I definitely feel inspired.

jaizee September 25, 2009 um 3:32 pm

Love anything with salted butter!

Abbey September 25, 2009 um 3:55 pm

Those aprons are so cute! I don't own an apron but have lately been on the search for a cute one.

miah September 25, 2009 um 3:57 pm

cute aprons!

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 3:59 pm

The mousse and the aprons look great! Have a good trip.

dayna September 25, 2009 um 4:07 pm

these look divine!

Wish I could attend BlogHer, too! Have a great time!

Anonymous September 25, 2009 um 4:08 pm

I just followed a link from Dee (Pioneer Woman) and hopefully my day will now be doubly-lucky!

Have a great time at the conference!

Jennifer September 25, 2009 um 4:11 pm

What lovely aprons and lovely mousse, too!

Meg September 25, 2009 um 4:25 pm

Your photos are amazing! I wish I had the technique you do! Also, can you teach me how to make French macarons!?

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 4:47 pm

I love making your deserts, thank you so much for sharing them with everyone! The aprons are adorable!

Sheesha September 25, 2009 um 4:52 pm

Send A Philly gal one of those uber hip aprons! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anonymous September 25, 2009 um 4:56 pm

Those little cups of mousse look delicious! I love the giveaway you are hosting, my fingers are crossed:)

Anonymous September 25, 2009 um 5:01 pm

Your mouse and the aprons are adorable!
Have a great time in San Francisco!

Tiffany Ko September 25, 2009 um 5:03 pm

have fun in the bay area! go to chez pannise.

Claudia September 25, 2009 um 5:06 pm

Oh, my, these aprons are the sweetest thing!

Thank you for the giveaway!

Ashley aka Eclectic Connoisseur September 25, 2009 um 5:38 pm

Have a great time in SF! I'm not a bit envious (yeah, right). These aprons are precious.

Angela September 25, 2009 um 5:52 pm


Kelly Shriver September 25, 2009 um 5:56 pm

Everyone loves aprons. And caramel mousse.

sweet-tooth September 25, 2009 um 6:30 pm

crossing my apron stringsXX

Ella Bella Floral September 25, 2009 um 7:39 pm

That mousse looks delicious…and with salted butter caramel…you really do know what's best! I'm also loving those aprons

Helen September 25, 2009 um 7:43 pm

how exciting!

Sarah September 25, 2009 um 7:48 pm

Adorable aprons, AND yummy stuff. I <3 reading your blog!

lvsena September 25, 2009 um 8:01 pm

Beautiful is the word that's coming to my mind!!!

The aprons are really pretty as well!

Stephanie C. September 25, 2009 um 8:11 pm

Love these! So cute!

Clabby September 25, 2009 um 8:14 pm

I've been racking my brains all week as to what to make for dessert on Sunday – these are just what I need. Enjoy SF.

MP September 25, 2009 um 8:15 pm

Your photos are beautiful and recipes sound divine…now if I only had the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Koobear September 25, 2009 um 8:44 pm

Cute Aprons!

Stephanie September 25, 2009 um 8:51 pm

That mousse looks amazing! I can't wait to try it. Those aprons are awesome. I think I just might have to check out the website! Have fun at BlogHer!

Asha @ FSK September 25, 2009 um 8:56 pm

Hey Helen,

As always gorgeous presentation! ๐Ÿ™‚
Btw, where in the US (I am in New York) can I buy the Greengate spoons? They are soooo lovely!!! I tried online but most of the retailers are in Europe!


Shirley September 25, 2009 um 9:00 pm

Those layers in that mousse are gorgeous! I need some sweet little bowls like that.

And- Squee! Lovely aprons!

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 9:05 pm

These look heavenly!!!

Thao Phan September 25, 2009 um 9:21 pm

the recipe sounds great!!!!!! It's definatly a must try! I love all of your mouse.. keep them coming!!!

Julie September 25, 2009 um 9:44 pm

great giveaway idea… you're right about those aprons being adorable!

Sakorarox September 25, 2009 um 9:54 pm

omg that looks TOO GOOD ๐Ÿ˜ฎ **drools**

laura September 25, 2009 um 10:13 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! Have fun in SF!

Carrie September 25, 2009 um 10:15 pm

Wow, these aprons almost look too pretty to use!!

Unknown September 25, 2009 um 10:18 pm

Wow, those aprons are rad. And I suddenly have a craving for salted caramel. Hmm. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

Milagros September 25, 2009 um 10:41 pm

I love your blog! It makes me want to stay home all day and recreate what you've done!

caroline September 25, 2009 um 10:47 pm

What a beautiful dessert! And the apron is gorgeous, too!

SPRING OF LIFE CHURCH September 25, 2009 um 10:58 pm

Helen, have a wonderful time with your friends, and I'm sure Bill will not be hungry with your scrumptious little surprises left in the fridge.!!!

Jelli September 25, 2009 um 11:25 pm

What cute aprons! So modern and chic! I'd love to win one.

Becs September 25, 2009 um 11:34 pm

I love those aprons, especially the blue one! Fingers crossed!

LaLa Lady September 26, 2009 um 12:33 am

The mousse looks amazing….I wish I could eat eggs and milk

Tamara September 26, 2009 um 12:52 am

adorable aprons! love the pink sorbet.

Valerie September 26, 2009 um 3:07 am

That mousse looks amazing. I want to buy little glasses especially for this recipe! I copied it!! And I'd love to ge included in the giveaway.

zebbie September 26, 2009 um 3:23 am

Oh. my. gosh. this dessert looks absolutely delicious! I have to have one now even though it is 10:20 PM and I don't have half of the ingredients in my house…

Mrs. B September 26, 2009 um 3:38 am

I am hoping to finally meet you at BlogHer Food. Several years ago you were kind enough to do a recipe testing for my book, The World Is a Kitchen. So many food bloggers participated in that endeavor, and most I only know through the internet. Your, and their, generosity overwhelmed me and I still carry that joy in my heart. Getting to meet such generous people like you will be wonderful. I hope to be able to say hello and thank you, in person.
Susan Brady, aka Mrs B from Eating Suburbia

Truc September 26, 2009 um 5:03 am always!

Sabrina Ko September 26, 2009 um 6:47 am

Congrats on speaking at the BlogHer conference. They couldn't have picked a better speaker. Let me know if you want any tips for where to eat in SF.

Melissa Zhang September 26, 2009 um 8:09 am

Those aprons are adorable, but I'm absolutely in love with that mousse.

Lambie's Family September 26, 2009 um 1:23 pm

You're wonderful! Your hubby is such a lucky man!

White Toast with Butter September 26, 2009 um 1:26 pm

Aprons are beautiful as is everything you make. When can we order/pre-order your cookbook???

Unknown September 26, 2009 um 1:45 pm

Definitely adorable!

Meghan September 26, 2009 um 2:55 pm

The mousse is so beautiful!!! The layers look perfect, and I'm sure the combination of salted caramel and chocolate is amazing. I love those aprons too!

Lindsey September 26, 2009 um 2:58 pm

I find your blog the most compelling off all the baking blogs. I absolutely love reading your written words and learning new techniques/recipes. I also love those aprons.

Lindsey September 26, 2009 um 3:03 pm

I absolutely love your baking blog; it's by far the most compelling of all the baking forums I've read. I also love your attention to detail, your technique, and above all your recipes. I also love the aprons.

Meg September 26, 2009 um 3:24 pm

Your culinary creations never cease to make my mouth water – I can't wait to see each new one!

Tonii September 26, 2009 um 4:03 pm

Looks fantastic! I'm taking this one with me on vacation to wow my DH…wish me luck!

Unknown September 26, 2009 um 4:16 pm

The aprons look BEAUTIFUL!

Lisa Avant September 26, 2009 um 4:40 pm

Absolutely love this website. I have learned so much from reading it. Have a wonderful time on your trip!

Laurel September 26, 2009 um 4:51 pm

Adorable aprons!
I hope everyone has a great time at the BlogHer conference this weekend. It promises to be an incredible weekend… ๐Ÿ™‚

Jess September 26, 2009 um 4:57 pm

I want that! (Do I mean the mousse or the apron? BOTH)

Anonymous September 26, 2009 um 5:39 pm

Those are beautiful!!! And the mousse looks YUMMY! I was on Whisk Kid then popped over to Jens site and then found you from Whisk Kid.

Glad I stopped by!

SF has a ton of great presenters today!

Laura Evrard September 26, 2009 um 5:47 pm

Mmm! This looks so delicious. Salted caramel is a favorite of mine.

Annie September 26, 2009 um 6:06 pm

Those aprons are like the cutest things in the world! My sister recently got me one in Japan which I love!

Kitchen M September 26, 2009 um 6:55 pm

What!? Helen, you are in San Francisco now?
I wasn't aware of this conference and looks like the registration is over already, but I would love to meet you in person if you have time. You have no idea how much inspirations I get from your site!

Bonbon Oiseau September 26, 2009 um 7:11 pm

wow helen! i am so happy for you and proud of you!!! i wish the conference was in ny but you must be speakingtoday, maybe even RIGHT NOW!!! hooray for you helen, you deserve it!!

christa @ mental foodie September 26, 2009 um 7:36 pm

love your photography and recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

Erin September 26, 2009 um 7:37 pm

Again, your food looks absolutely delectable. And the aprons are very pretty. Thank you for the giveaway!

Steph September 26, 2009 um 8:13 pm

Love, love, love your blog! Planning to work on macarons during some time off this fall (around the demands of a newborn). These aprons are gorgeous!

Jessica September 26, 2009 um 8:24 pm

Congrats! I hope you have a fantastic time in SF and be sure to tell us all about it!

And thank you for the giveaway opportunity. The "a la Mode" aprons are adorable. I just can't decide between black and avocado though!

Beth September 26, 2009 um 8:34 pm

I love your blog and can't wait to try the Vanilla,Salted Butter Caramel and Chocolate Mousse .


Carissa September 26, 2009 um 8:36 pm

I will be making these in the near future.

Valerie September 26, 2009 um 9:05 pm

I joined the Daring Baker's challenge after seeing all of your lovely creations. I have nowhere near your level of talent, but I am trying my best to get there one day. Anyway, keep it up – you're amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Valerie (vwoods2008 AT gmail DOT com)

Wendy September 26, 2009 um 9:16 pm

That recipe looks amazing… and the aprons are cute too! Have a great time at the conference – sounds like fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Fรกtima September 26, 2009 um 9:19 pm

Maravilhosa mousse e lindo avental! :))

Rennie September 26, 2009 um 10:15 pm

The aprons are so pretty! And the mousse looks delicious.

Alyson September 26, 2009 um 10:52 pm

Oh man – you had me at salted caramel. Nom!

Jessica September 26, 2009 um 11:20 pm

I would just like to say that I frequent literally dozens of food blogs and the photography on yours is some of the best I've seen! Not to mention your recipes are always wonderful and I love to try them ๐Ÿ˜€

Devonshire September 27, 2009 um 12:19 am

I love seeing all of your creations and desserts. I am a pastry chef too and it is always fun to see what others are making and creating.

Judy@nofearentertaining September 27, 2009 um 12:42 am

Love that mousse but those aprons are adorable!!! I would love to be the winner of one of those!

S.J.L. September 27, 2009 um 1:24 am

I love your macaron recipes. They're inspiring!

Lori September 27, 2009 um 2:08 am

I wish I could be at that conference in my most favorite city! Congrats to you. I would so love to hear you speak.

The aprons are adorable. I now am crossing my fingers.

Unknown September 27, 2009 um 2:21 am

mantab uey.,.,.,.,.:) ๐Ÿ™‚

Stacey September 27, 2009 um 2:29 am

Thanks for the delicious and creative recipes. I'll definitely be making this recipe soon:)

Cocoa Mango September 27, 2009 um 2:29 am

San Francisco is my all time favorite city! I hope you have a great time on the west coast!

Grimmy September 27, 2009 um 2:56 am

Hoping you a safe trip and much fun. I'd also love to have an apron.

Abby September 27, 2009 um 2:57 am

The aprons are beautiful!

I think my little boy would LOVE mousse! Should I make him some and set him on the same path as your Bill's mother set him?! HA.

KarlandBethany September 27, 2009 um 3:28 am

what a "sweet" wife you are! the mousse looks amazing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Y September 27, 2009 um 3:38 am

Very excited for you! Wish I could be there also ๐Ÿ™‚ That mousse just looks ridiculously good. I might have to make it for my B one day ๐Ÿ™‚

Unknown September 27, 2009 um 4:03 am

yolks for the mousse, whites for the macarons! guess i'll just have to make both ๐Ÿ™‚ have a wonderful time in california!

Wolf September 27, 2009 um 4:03 am

Dear Tartlette-

As a fellow Daring Baker, I feel that you simply MUST come to SW Virginia immediately after the conference and make these for me.

I insist. Yupyup.

Felicia September 27, 2009 um 4:53 am

ooh ooh me!

Sanna September 27, 2009 um 6:03 am

Oh, the mousse looks SO delicious, I'll definitely have to try that ๐Ÿ™‚
And the aprons are super-cute! I'd love to win one.

Anonymous September 27, 2009 um 9:30 am

That mouse looks divine! I may need to try that! The apron are very cute, would love one of those too!

Anonymous September 27, 2009 um 12:07 pm

oh, those aprons are beautiful!!

Cherish September 27, 2009 um 1:10 pm

What great aprons! I would love the Avocado a la mode or Cherry Me!

Sofram September 27, 2009 um 3:29 pm

i like them alot.. i hope i can have one of your oprons..

MsThackeray September 27, 2009 um 4:25 pm

oh, those look absolutely delicious. i must try them out once i am better again..

Unknown September 27, 2009 um 4:51 pm

Wow. I want an apron in every color and style… I do know, however, that I'll be purchasing these as my bridesmaid gifts! So adorable… and the mousse will be made tonight for dessert. My fiance' will be so delighted! Thank you as always!

mangomd September 27, 2009 um 5:00 pm

cute aprons! hope I win one ๐Ÿ™‚

decadent cookie September 27, 2009 um 5:26 pm

first up, love your blog! my mom is a huge apron wearer and always harasses me for not wearing one in the kitchen, I would love one of these for her. thanks!

Unknown September 27, 2009 um 5:47 pm

I am COMPLETELY in love with these aprons! I want one so bad!

Amy A September 27, 2009 um 6:13 pm

I just love these aprons! So cute and I am sure just as functional!

Amy A September 27, 2009 um 6:14 pm

I love these aprons! So cute and just as functional!

Rachel September 27, 2009 um 6:40 pm

This post has so many of my favourite things: SF, salted butter caramel, vanilla and chocolate!

Anonymous September 27, 2009 um 6:55 pm

I attended your session at BlogHer and I wanted to thank you for sharing your experience and encouraging us to 'get out there' and look for opportunities. It was a great session, very informative and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Enjoy San Francisco (which I'm sure you're already doing) ๐Ÿ™‚

Dr. Ruth September 27, 2009 um 7:07 pm

I love your blog and your photographs.
Nice meeting you briefly at BlogHer Food. Enjoy San Francisco!

Unknown September 27, 2009 um 7:10 pm

Sweet aprons!

Unknown September 27, 2009 um 7:35 pm

Black and blue, the apron. I love it!

Remember When I Made That … September 27, 2009 um 7:59 pm

Though a late bloomer to the world of "baking blogs," I'm glad to have found yours. It's a keeper.

Enjoy your trip!

Yolanda September 27, 2009 um 8:51 pm

What cute aprons and what a beautiful looking dessert!

Ashlea Taylor September 27, 2009 um 9:47 pm

I would love to win the apron. They are darling!

Kate September 27, 2009 um 10:15 pm

What a lovely mousse, I can't wait to try the recipe!

Carolyn September 28, 2009 um 12:39 am

I really enjoy your blog. The photos are beautiful.

Unknown September 28, 2009 um 1:03 am

I am new to your blog and I am in LOVE! You are my new morning coffee buddy… thanks for sharing!

Anonymous September 28, 2009 um 1:28 am

Have fun at the conference and good luck with your talk ๐Ÿ™‚

Unknown September 28, 2009 um 2:15 am

Love your blog! Have fun in San Fran!

What's next September 28, 2009 um 2:22 am

those are precious! Hope you have a great trip…

EmmettsMommy September 28, 2009 um 3:51 am

Wow those are some beautiful Aprons! Go so perfectly with beautiful food!

Sarah M

The Enchanted Flamingo September 28, 2009 um 5:10 pm

I absolutely love all of your photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ I've made several recipes from your site and they look just as lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚


Engineer Baker September 28, 2009 um 5:41 pm

I know I'm too late for the giveaway, but could you even see me in an apron? *snort* That mousse looks and sounds fabulous, though that might be because I'm a sucker for salted butter caramel ๐Ÿ™‚

mb September 30, 2009 um 12:05 am

Stumbled onto your site thru the pioneer woman and love it!

Can't wait to make the mousse!

Chri.s September 30, 2009 um 9:15 am

Hi, I know everyone is out for the adorable Aprons – me too! But I do have another question – I just tried this recipe: how do you manage to layer the cremes? the only one which was getting firm was the chocolate one, the caramel and the vanilla bean did not make it so I could not layer them properly (too anxious?). It is now a new "crรฉation": lost chocolate mousse in vanilla, salted butter caramel creme ;-)) thanks chris

Susan October 1, 2009 um 4:05 pm

I would love to win this apron– it makes cooking look like a lot of fun!

Otava October 3, 2009 um 2:34 pm

am finally going to try a recipe of yours…thanks for the inspiration!

ppj October 19, 2009 um 8:17 am


I tried this recipe out cos im a huge fan of such desserts.

Sadly,it did not quite turn out too well.

Each time i make creme anglaise it tends to sort of curdle..

The first step is the easiest–beating the egg yolks with the cream.its the step after that that tends to screw up my recipe!adding the hot milk to the egg yolks+sugar mixture tends to create a foamy mixture.once this is transferred onto the fire the egg tends to cook leaving a grainy texture.

pls pls advice

Two fit and fun gals October 29, 2009 um 4:26 am

these look GORGEOUS!
i'm having a go at chocolate creme brulee tonight im scared hehe

Micki January 25, 2010 um 12:12 pm

Did I miss where you said what you sprinkled on the top? FABULOUS recipe.

Unknown July 11, 2010 um 9:54 am

I was wondering around the net when I tripped onto your site. OH MY WOW WOW!! I thought I hit heaven head on! I've been rollin' through page after page drollin' on my keyboard at your recipes. Just as I was about to scroll downwards onto this recipe my husband zipped me in chair across the room & grab the monitor to have a closer look. "You gotta make this for Sunday Dinner Dessert", my husband demanded.

Big thanks to you have I have a new dessert to make. {In my world Desserts do come before Dinner-Most Times!}

Jennifer September 5, 2010 um 3:40 pm

Those look amazing! I must try them!

Helene October 18, 2010 um 7:03 am

Anonymous: there is no secret to the assembly. Just make the three flavors, layer and refrigerate per the recipe. If I don't write any other steps, that means they are not in it.

Unknown December 22, 2013 um 8:50 am

I was thinking about making these for Christmas on Tuesday – can I make them in advance and if so, how long in advance is ok?



Helene December 23, 2013 um 12:30 am

Heather: you can make them on Monday morning and keep them well wrapped until Tuesday.

Juli October 8, 2015 um 4:07 pm

I am planning on making these for a dessert auction. Question…can they sit at room temp and if so, for how long before they start to come "undone"? Thanks!

Helene October 9, 2015 um 5:41 pm

Juli: I would not let them sit at room temp more than 30 minutes because they contain dairy and will start to attract bacteria.

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