If chocolate is your weakness… or your source of strength, why not a romantic chocolate fondue for Valentine’s Day… or any time a romanic dinner is called for.

Here’s a quick, simple recipe.

10 oz (280 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup (125 mL) cream (18% to 35% MF)
2 to 3 tbsp (30 to 45 mL) favorite liquor or liqueur (optional)
Dippers and dunkables (see Tips)

Combine chocolate and cream in a 1 qt (1 L) saucepan. Set over low heat; melt chocolate, stirring frequently. When mixture is smooth, stir in liquor or liqueur, if using. (Fondue can be prepared up to this point 3 to 4 hours ahead; a few minutes before serving, reheat over low heat or carefully in the microwave.)

Pour chocolate mixture into a fondue pot. Set over a heat source. Serve with your choice of dipper and dunkables.

Makes 6 servings

TIPS:

If using alcohol, try rum, kirsch, cognac, brandy, triple sec, Grand Marnier, Kahlua, Chambord, Amaretto, etc.

Any of the following would be great to dip or dunk: fruit (e.g. strawberries, bananas oranges, mandarins, apples, pears, seedless grapes), pretzels, potato chips, cookies, biscotti, pound cake, angel food cake or brownies.

For tips on setting up a romantic dinner for two at home, see page 10 of our February roomplanners issue at http://roomplanners.com/pdfs/02-2010.pdf

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