Two More Tasty Chocolate Fondue Recipes
There are chocolate fondue recipes, and then there are chocolate fondue recipes. These are some of the best.
As with almost anything culinary, chocolate fondue recipes can be as complex or as simple as you'd like them to be. Here's one of each: the simplest fondue recipe we've ever seen (it doesn't even require cooking), and one of the more complex, courtesy of the geniuses as Ghirardelli Chocolatiers.
The Simplest Fondue Recipe Ever
We almost hesitate to call this a fondue, since it doesn't require heating. However, all the other characteristics are there: it's a chocolate dipping sauce great for fruit, cookies, cakes, you name it. This is a nice Middle American recipe that takes almost no time to prepare, but it seems almost too simple...
For this one, all you need is a 16-ounce container of chocolate cake frosting and a cup of sour cream. Seriously. Combine them thoroughly, and you've got your fondue.
Don't say "Ewww!" Your Humble Writer has actually tried this, and it works, plus it tastes good. And you can easily refrigerate the leftovers when you're done -- which you can't really do with most fondues without ruining them.
Ghirardelli's Ultimate Fondue
At the opposite end of the culinary scale is the Ultimate Fondue, a Ghirardelli masterpiece that takes a little time and effort but is not easily forgotten. Given the pedigree and the ingredients, we figure that even the snootiest gourmet would sign off on this one.
1 1/4 cups of whole milk or heavy cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
6 ounce baking bar of Ghirardelli 70% Cacao Extra Bittersweet Chocolate, finely-chopped
6 ounce baking bar of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate, finely-chopped
2 tablespoons of chocolate liqueur (optional)
Combine the milk, vanilla, and butter in a medium saucepan, and heat the mixture on medium until it reaches a simmer. Then remove it from the heat and stir in the chocolate until it's completely melted. Add the chocolate liqueur (if desired) and mix thoroughly.
Please note that the liqueur is for flavor only; the alcohol itself will be denatured by the heat.
From One End to the Other
And there you have 'em: fondue recipes from both ends of the culinary spectrum. One's quick, cheap, and simple; the other illustrious, expensive, and involved. I think that's a great example of how chocolate fondue (like fondue in general) can really bridge the culinary divide from everyday to gourmet.
If these recipes don't appeal, we urge you to experiment with your chocolate fondues. Add a few things here and there, or take them away, and let us know how that works for you. Don't hesitate to send your best chocolate fondue recipes our way, so we can try them ourselves!