Chocolate fondue is, as I've previously stated, the perfect Valentine's Day dish and activity for adults and kids. It's the ultimate sensual (if you want it to be) participatory food. And as Sara Moulton (this recipe is adapted from her Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals) points out, "this recipe doesn't even require an official fondue pot. Just keep the sauce in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of hot water and set the saucepan on a trivet in the center of the table."
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 4 teaspoons fruit-flavored liqueur such as kirsch or Grand Marnier (optional)
- At least 20 pieces of dipping items, such as strawberries, pound cake, angel food cake, orange sections, small pieces of cookie or biscotti
Heat the cream in a small saucepan over low heat until bubbles begin to form at the edge. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until the chocolate has melted and then stir until combined. Stir in the liqueur, if using. Transfer to a fondue pot and keep warm, or use the method mentioned above.
Serve with fresh fruit and other dipping items of your choice.