Another Delicious Chocolate Fondue Recipe
Here's a simple, tasty chocolate fondue recipe for you to try
If you just love the idea of dipping things into hot melted chocolate and then eating said things (and who doesn't?), then you'll certainly appreciate a good chocolate fondue recipe. This happens to be one of the best, especially if you're a fan of bittersweet chocolate, as we hope you are.
Now, we have to confess: you can use milk chocolate as a base, if you like. But be forewarned that the other ingredients will tend to dilute the cacao content of the chocolate even further, making it extremely mild. If that's how your tastes run, then go for it; but most X-Choc fans prefer a bit of bite to their chocolate.
The greatest thing about this fondue recipe (aside from its awesome flavor) is that it's amazingly simple. All it takes is four ingredients, one of which is optional, and a few minutes of work.
1 cup of heavy cream
16 ounces of chopped bittersweet (or semisweet) chocolate
1 tablespoon of Cognac
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (if desired)
Start with the cream first, heating it to a simmer in a large saucepan. Then lower the heat and add your chocolate. Do this slowly, and stir it as continuously as possible until the chocolate has melted into the mix. Then add the Cognac and vanilla, and whisk it thoroughly, until it's completely smooth.
Pour the mixture into the fondue pot, turn on the burner, and you're ready to dip.
Two pointers here: first, don't allow the least bit of steam into the chocolate, lest it curdle and be ruined. This is called "seizing up." Second, however you make your fondue, always either melt the chocolate into something else or use a double boiler to melt it. Chocolate burns very easily.
And a little observation: the Cognac is for flavor only. The heat of the fondue will denature the alcohol, making it harmless. If you'd prefer to avoid using actual Cognac altogether, you can use a teaspoon of Cognac flavoring instead.
Now that you've got a pot of hot, creamy melted chocolate to enjoy, it's time to decide what to dip. Whatever you choose, impale it on one of those long forks or skewers first; don't use your fingers. Not only is that not exactly hygienic, melted chocolate can be pretty hot.
As far as dippees go, your best bets are fruits like raisons, dried cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, orange slices, kiwi slices, banana slices and chunks, grapes, apples, pineapples; whatever floats your boat. Nuts, cookies, marshmallows, pretzels, pound cake, and angel food cake are also good.
In fact, the list of things to test your chocolate fondue recipe on is just about endless!