The Secret Recipe Club:
A Sweet Treat with Chocolate Fondue and Fresh Fruit Dippers
How the month has flown……..and it’s already the BIG REVEAL day for The Secret Recipe Club. I love being involved with The Secret Recipe Club – you are assigned a “secret” blog and from that blog you choose a recipe to make, which you then write about and post on the designated reveal day, which for my group D, is today. It’s then that you discover who had your blog, and what they made…...it’s a FABULOUS way to discover new blogs, meet new people, make new friends and also eat NEW and exciting recipes. And my secret blog was………..Loving Life, and home to Kirstin…..I loved reading all about Kirstin and I am VERY envious of the fact that she lives in a beautiful part of the States, in the Pacific North West….a place in the USA that I have always wanted to visit…..Kirstin lives there with her husband and two teenage daughters, and there are some wonderful photos of them all on her “About Me” page. Kirstin loves golf, football (soccer) and attends church regularly too…..as well as cooking up a storm if her blog is anything to go by! I had HUGE problems choosing what to make, and in the end plumped for a VERY easy and yet very DECADENT dessert recipe, Chocolate Fondue.
Kirstin has a HUGE array of recipes to share and you can find them on her From my Kitchen Page. I really was spoilt for choice, but, in the end I decided on her Chocolate Fondue recipe as I mentioned before, as it fitted in with my plans for a weekend with friends……as an easy and FUN dessert…..and, my friends were all newly engaged, with plans of weddings in the not too distant future, so this was a nice “sharing” dessert I thought……albeit for ALL of us! I was also pleased to discover that this recipe had featured as one of the “Sweet Treats” at Kirstin’s daughter’s birthday party…….so, it had to be festive and fun! It’s a simple recipe comprising chocolate, cream and salt……I decided to notch it up a gourmet level and use 85% cocoa solid chocolate, double cream and some local sea salt, just a pinch mind you. The result was an unctuous and delectable pot of chocolatey delight, which I served with fresh fruit dippers and for a RETRO feel, marshmallows! I served it in individual ramekins, one per couple, and it went down a treat.
This is a simple recipe but you can dress it up as you want…..so for children, I would have used some milk chocolate perhaps, and cut up pieces of cake to dip in the fondue; and for a more glamorous dessert, I could have added a splash of liqueur to the fondue.…..such a Tia Maria or Cointreau, or another fruit liqueur. Anyway, it was just fabulous as it was, and as I said, my “lovey dovey” friends really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to seeing you had my blog now, and also to see who I have been assigned for July too…..stay tuned for my Monday Meal Planning post, which follows on later, and see you soon, Karen.
(Below is Kirstin’s Recipe, with a direct link to a printable recipe)
12 oz. dark chocolate (chips or roughly chopped if from a block)
**I used semi-sweet**
8 oz. heavy cream
A pinch of salt (oops I forgot this…I don’t think they noticed)
In a double boiler or in my case a bowl on top of a pan of boiling water, warm cream over moderate heat until tiny bubbles show and begins to lightly and slowly boil. Add the chocolate and whisk until smooth and fully incorporated.
I left the bowl on the pan and brought that directly to the table. The bowl was stainless steel so it stayed hot. I went through two batches before the girls were full.