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Individual Chocolate Fondues

Serves: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces strawberries, hulled, halved if large
  • 2 large ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large navel orange, peeled and sectioned
  • 3 slices (¾-inch-thick) Orange Cake or purchased pound cake, cut into fingers


  • Chocolate Sauce:
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 8 ounces top-quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or 1 tablespoon brandy or Grand Marnier

Procedures:

For those dinner parties when you want to give yourself a break come dessert time, look no further than simple chocolate fondue. Your guests will love the hands-on fun of picking their favorite dippers to dunk into rich chocolate and it’s a great way to end the evening on a dynamic note.

Alter the selections of fruits, cookies, and other dippers to suit the season and your tastes. Other options include most any fresh fruit, dried fruit such as mango or apricots, shortbread cookies, and ladyfingers. When time is really tight, buy a top-quality chocolate fudge sauce to warm for dipping. The recipe below is a silky homemade sauce you’ll want to make for countless different uses. It can be embellished with any number of flavorings, including different liqueurs or even a dash of cinnamon or finely ground black pepper.
  1. For the chocolate sauce, warm the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Decrease the heat to low and add the chocolate, sugar, and butter. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until evenly melted with a silky texture. Stir in the vanilla extract and set aside until ready to serve. (Refrigerate if making more than 1 hour in advance.)


  2. Arrange the fruit and cakes on individual plates or on a large platter for passing. Reheat the chocolate sauce if needed and pour it into individual butter warmers (see below). Set one at each place setting and ask your guests to light the candle underneath.

by Sur La Table & Renée Behnke

 
 
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