Fondue was never out of fashion though its popularity did diminish a bit during the last decade. However, fondue has made a comeback and with a vengeance that is delightful for the taste buds. These days one can find fondue fountains in any restaurant and mall that you walk into. No bakery is complete without one. Some very lucky towns also have dedicated fondue restaurants to boost of. While one may find fondue fountains all over the town, they are surprisingly missing from our homes. This is rather unfortunate considering they are so simple and cost-effective to put. Having your own fondue fountain can make you the host of the town.
A simple dip and eat at a chocolate fondue fountain will have your guests begging for more! Chocolate fondue is so simple and easy to make that it is amazing not many people think of preparing them at home. You don’t even have to worry about setting up a fountain for the fondue. Simply pour the fondue into medium-sized ceramic bowls and place the bowl in different corners of the house. You can also pour the fondue in a large ceramic bowl, put the bowl on a table and place the table in the centre of the room. In no time you will have your guests flocking to the centre of the room to take their dip of the chocolate fondue. Light a flame below the pot to keep the fondue warm and goey for a long time.
Ingredients required for the Fondue
Dark Chocolate – 1 ½ cups Heavy Cream – 1 cup A pinch of salt Fruits such as strawberries, bananas, apples and apricots. Make small pieces of the chocolate or use chocolate chips instead. Cut bananas, apricots and apples into small pieces. The fruits will be used for dipping into the fondue.
Method of Preparation of Chocolate Fondue
1. Pour the heavy cream into a large saucepan and put the saucepan over medium flame. Heat the cream until tiny bubbles start forming on the surface and the cream begins to boil. At this point add the chocolate pieces and stir them well till the mixture turns chocolaty. Ensure that there are no lumps of the chocolate that are left.
2. Remove the saucepan from flame and transfer the contents into a fondue pot or a ceramic pot if you don’t have a fondue pot. In case you are using a ceramic pot, light a votive candle beneath the pot and place the pot over a grill-like stand. This will ensure that the pot receives adequate amount of heat to keep the chocolate fondue warm.
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3. Take a serving tray and arrange the various fruits that you want to serve on the tray. You can keep toothpicks or salad forks along with the sliced fruits. This will make it easier for the guests to dip the fruit slices in fondue without spoiling their hands.
1. If you feel the fondue is becoming stiff then increase the heat below the pot. Alternatively, you could also add a tablespoon of heavy cream to make the fondue last longer. Remember, the fondue will start spoiling after an hour or so but hopefully it will not last that long. In the event it spoils before getting over, you will have to prepare a fresh pot of chocolate fondue using the same recipe. So be prepared.