As we head into the holiday season, the evil D word -- DIET-- gets put aside in favor of the happier D word--DESSERT!!! Ahh, I love this time of year!
Desserts can be anything from fruit and cheese, to fancy cakes, to pies, to rich puddings. Chocolate is never a bad idea! LOL!
A FAB retro classic is CHOCOLATE FONDUE. What could be more awesome than a vintage fondue pot, bubbling with chocolate goodness, and surrounded by various yummies ready to be dipped into the CHOCOLATE???
Easy CHOCOLATE FONDUE RECIPE, courtesy of Rachael Ray:
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, reserve 1/4 cup to thin if fondue begins to thicken
- 4 bittersweet chocolate bars, chopped, 3 1/2 ounces each
- 2 tablespoons Frangelico, Gran Mariner, or Amaretto liqueur, optional
- 1/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts or almonds, optional
Suggested Dippables, choose 3 or 4 selections of the following:
- Hazelnut or almond biscotti
- Salted pretzel sticks
- Cubed pound cake
- Sliced bananas
- Stem strawberries
- Sectioned navel oranges
- Ripe fresh diced pineapple
Heat 1/2 cup cream in a heavy non-reactive saucepot over moderate heat until cream comes to a low boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add chocolate. Let the chocolate stand in hot cream 3 to 5 minutes to soften, then whisk chocolate together with the cream. Stir in liqueur and/or chopped nuts and transfer the fondue to a fondue pot or set the mixing bowl on a rack above a small lit candle. If fondue becomes too thick, stir in reserved cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, to desired consistency. Arrange your favorite dippables in piles on a platter along side chocolate fondue with fondue forks, bamboo skewers or seafood forks, as utensils, for dipping.