A Chocolate Fondue is such a leisurely way to end
a meal. I enjoy how you take your favorite fruits, or maybe you
prefer a sweet vanilla flavored marshmallow, or even a small chunk
of vanilla or chocolate cake or a crunchy cookie and slide it
onto a skewer. And then, ever so gently, you dip it into a pot of warm
chocolate sauce. Doesn't that sound divine? Did you know that the
chocolate fondue was invented by Konrad Egli of the Chalet Swiss
Restaurant in New York. He came up with the idea in the early 1960s
as a way to get people to buy dessert. But
the fondue actually started out as a savory dish. John Mariani in
his "Dictionary of American Food and Drink" tells us it's
of Swiss origin and was first made with melted Gruyere or Emmenthaler cheese and white wine.
"fondue" comes from the French verb "fondre"
meaning "to melt", which explains why this dish was so
Of course, the main focus of a Chocolate Fondue is the chocolate
sauce. This rich and creamy sauce is made with semisweet or
bittersweet chocolate, cream, a little
sugar, butter, pure vanilla extract, and maybe some Nutella and/or
your favorite liqueur. Try to use a good quality semi sweet or even
bittersweet chocolate that you enjoy eating out of hand.
Now, while a small fondue pot looks lovely, it isn't necessary. You can
just heat the sauce beforehand in a small saucepan and then transfer it to
a pretty bowl. When the sauce cools and thickens you can simply reheat it as necessary.
There are just so many sweet things you can dip
into the chocolate sauce. For the fruit you could use stemmed
cherries, strawberries, pieces of cantaloupe, figs, honeydew, kiwi,
pineapple, bananas, pears, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, and
even slices of apple. Chunks of pound cake, butter cake, angel food,
or sponge cake are lovely when smothered in a warm chocolate sauce.
It is also nice to have some cookies available - like shortbreads,
amaretti, ladyfingers, rolled wafer cookies, and even chunks of
biscotti. While you can use special metal skewers for dipping, you
could also use small forks or even bamboo skewers.
Chocolate Fondue: Place the chocolate in a
medium sized heatproof bowl and set aside.
Combine the cream,
milk, sugar, and butter in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring
just to a simmer,
Remove from heat and
pour immediately over the chocolate. Let stand until the chocolate has
melted, then stir gently until smooth.
vanilla extract and the liqueur (if using).
chocolate sauce in a fondue pot or bowl and serve with fresh fruit,
marshmallows, cake and/or cookies. If you're using a bowl, instead of a fondue
pot, reheat the sauce if it becomes too thick.
1 1/2 cups (360 ml). Preparation time 15
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