Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fondue!

One of our many wonderful wedding presents was a fondue pot. At least once a year I like to pull it out to justify keeping it. When you move so much you want to make sure that everything you have is useful. For Valentine's Day dessert (which we didn't end up having until the day after Valentine's Day) I decided to make fondue. I chose a recipe called Flaming Turtle Chocolate Fondue from the blog For the Love of Food. It was soooooo yummy! I did not get any pictures, but I wanted to share the recipe with you anyway.

Ingredients
12oz milk chocolate (chips or finely chopped)
2 Tablespoons heavy cream (I actually used half & half and I ended up using more than 2T)
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping (see below for a homemade recipe)
1 Tablespoon rum
3 Tablespoons pecans, chopped
Fondue dippers, examples: pound cake, strawberries, apples, pineapple, marshmallows, pretzels

I always melt the chocolate in the fondue pot, but you can do it over the stove or in the microwave. Once your melted chocolate/cream mixture is all melted and smooth, make sure it is in your fondue pot. Then pour the caramel into the center of the mixture. Do not stir.

Add the rum and ignite carefully using a lighter. This was the fun part!

Allow the flame to burn out and stir gently to combine. Sprinkle with pecans. Keep fondue warm over low heat.

Caramel Topping Recipe

Ingredients
5 Tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup half & half
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Melt butter and brown sugar in large saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth. Add half & half, then salt; simmer 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

We used the leftover caramel over the leftover pound cake, but it would be amazing on all kinds of things. Or by itself. :)


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