Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fondue for Fruit

Chocolate fondue is not just for dipping anymore!
 
Alright, that was just me trying to be cute.  But really, what could be easier than cutting up fruit, heating up some chocolate and combining the two in to a half healthy, sweet and creamy, undeniably chocolaty bite?!  The answer...not much.  
There isn't too much else that can be said about this super simple party staple.  You can serve it the traditional fondue dipping way, or pre-skewer the fruit and drizzle the chocolate on top, which can help it set and stop some of the chocolate mess that otherwise could happen with chocolate fondue.  As a friends mother once said, never have a chocolate fountain when there is a lot of wine around, you'll be cleaning it off of the ceiling later.

Fondue for Fruit
Ingredients:
  • 3 types of fresh fruit - here we used pineapple, melon and strawberries.  But any ol' (ol', not old) fruit will do.
  • Fondue mix - usually about 1 cup semi-sweet or bitter sweet chocolate chips (milk or dark chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbls butter
Preparation:
  • Chop all of your fruit to the size you wish.  If you are skewering, this would be the point to do it.  If not, place in fridge until ready to serve.
  • Over a double boiler, bring heavy cream and butter to a simmer.  Add chocolate and stir until all melted and it is the consistency you would prefer.  If you would like it thinner, add more heavy cream (a little at a time).  If thicker is your desire, add more chocolate chips and once again stir until melted.
  • Transfer to your fondue pot with the heat source on (candle, sterno or electric).  Or drizzle over your skewers and present on a platter.
Happy Fonduing!!!

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