Friday, April 16, 2010

Recipe Fridays: Easy chocolate fondue

This is an easy-peasy dessert that nonetheless seems impressive.  You need:
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 1 half-pint container heavy cream (1 cup)
  • 2-3 tbs rum, Kahlua, orange liqueur or other flavoring (espresso, amaretto, peppermint schnapps)
  • Strawberries, sliced fruit, cut-up pound cake, marshmallows, etc for dipping
Heat the cream in a medium saucepan until it just begins to bubble, but does not boil.  Add the chocolate chips, and lower the heat to lowest setting.  Once the chocolate softens, 2-3 minutes, whisk the mixture together until smooth.  Add the flavoring, and continue to whisk over low heat for 2-3 minutes, until flavor has mellowed and fondue reached desired temperature.  Remove from heat, transfer to bowl, and serve.

Note: this fondue is good for party settings, because the high amount of liquid means it will not get totally solid when it cools, so will remain "dippable" for quite a while.  If you have a fondue pot, or are eating right away, you can add only half the cream and get a more traditional fondue that will cool solid.
Note 2: You can also "make" a fondue pot by taking two metal bowls of the same size, filling the bottom one with very hot water, and stacking the fondue-filled one on top.  Refresh the hot water, and your chocolate will stay warm.
Note 3: When they're in season, this is best with just a big bowl of fresh strawberries.

1 comment:

  1. I love chocolate fondue. I prefer to serve them in a fondue pot to make it more classy and authentic. I've tried using a chocolate fountain once, during my daughter's birthday. The kids had a blast dipping fruit bits and cookies!


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