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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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Here’s a great wine and cheese fondue recipe for Valentine’s Day! With or without wine, it makes a very romantic dinner for two. Or invite a few favorite friends over for an extended evening of grazing over an open flame!

1-1/2 cups (375 mL) dry white wine
1/2 lb (250 g) Emmenthal cheese, grated (about 2 cups/500 mL)
1/2 lb (250 g) Gruyere cheese, grated (about 2 cups/500 mL)
1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch
2 tbsp (30 mL) Kirsch
Dippers and dunkables (see Tip)

Pour wine into a 2 qt (2 L) saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Add cheeses, about 1/2 cup (125 mL) at a time, whisking constantly in a figure-eight motion (this will prevent cheese from clumping into a ball) and adding more cheese only after previous cheese has melted.

In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and Kirsch. Add to fondue; bring cheese mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. Cook over low heat until thickened, about a minute or two.

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

Makes 6 servings
TIP:

  • Any of the following would be great to dip or dunk: crusty bread cubes, pretzels, apples, fresh or steamed vegetables (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, Chinese pea pods, new potatoes, mushrooms), sausages or ham.