The joy of making chocolate fondue at home


The joy of making chocolate fondue at home

Melting chocolate the right way, gracefully pouring and making it into an art form...



Making chocolate fondue at home Video Credit: Anas Thacharpadikkal/Gulf News

Ingredients 

100 gms dark chocolate chips or chocolate bar (not cooking chocolate)

100 gms white chocolate chips or chocolate bar

20 gms cocoa butter or whipping cream

1 small cup roasted walnut

1 small banana

5 fresh strawberries

1 chocolate brownie (can be store bought)

Method 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes (melting chocolate)

Serves 2

Chocolate chips
Dark and white chocolate chips Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

1. To ensure chocolate is melted the right way, use a pot of boiling water and a stainless steel bowl or heat proof glass bowl. This is a double boiler method - called bain marie. Chocolate is senstive to heat, so you want to ensure you don't burn it.

Double boiler method
Double boiler method to melt chocolate Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

2.  The steam of the simmering water will make sure that chocolate melts gently, into a shiny and silky consistensy. 

Add the chocolate
Add the chocolate chips or bar in the bowl Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

3. Next, add cocoa butter in the bowl. You can buy them at specialty stores or substitue it with whipped cream. The butter or whipped cream helps the chocolate stay liquid and smooth for longer because of the fat content.

Add coco butter
Add coco butter in the bowl Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

4. Stir the chocolate and butter together. Using a double boiler is the best way to melt chocolate as compared to a microwave because the heat is evenly distributed, and you can also control it.

Stir chocolate and coco butter
Gently stir the chocolate and cocoa butter till it begins to melt
Melted chocolate
Melted chocolate Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

5. You would also like to melt the white chocolate the same way. Keep it aside. Take a glass or bowl and begin pouring a little dark chocolate first followed by the white. Repeat this a few times, till you see a beautiful swirl of dark and white chocolate rings, forming a pattern.

To dip: you can use fresh strawberries, roasted walnuts, bananas, brownies, marshmallows or any other nuts, fruits you would like to dip.

Chocolate fondue
Chocolate fondue Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

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