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Chocolate Fondue for Two

Author: Carole Bloom

According to a study by the National Confectioners Association, both men and women agree that the most romantic place to enjoy a Valentine's Day treat is by the fire. The recipe below is easy to make, works well for dates or parties, and is sure to warm things up this Valentine's Day.

Chocolate and fruit are the perfect combination and they're showcased in this dessert. All you have to do is prepare the chocolate mixture and the fruit. Then your guests serve themselves.

You Will Need

  • 7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Cubes of pound cake or angle food cake
  • Whole fresh strawberries
  • Thick slices of banana
  • Dried apricot halves


Directions

  • In the top of a double boiler, combine the chocolate and water. Stir over warm water until the chocolate melts and is smooth. Add the cream, orange liqueur or vanilla, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture to a fondue pan and keep it warm over a low flame. Arrange the cake and fruit on a serving platter.
  • Supply each guest with a fondue fork so they can spear the item of their choice and dip it in the fondue mixture.


Yield: 6 servings

Remember: Your fondue mixture must be kept warm so that it will stay liquid. The best way to do this is to use a fondue pot that has room for a candle or a liquid heat source underneath.

From: Chocolate Lover's Cookbook for Dummies
by Carole Bloom (Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2002)