Feeling rushed this week? Broke? Out of ideas for something special you might want to do for the Valentine's Day holiday?
Consider the Lazy Cook's Chocolate Fondue, a recipe that's easy, cheap, fun to do, a little out of the ordinary and supremely decadent — all at the same time.
The nice thing about this recipe (other than the fact that it's dead simple, cheap and reliably tasty) is that it's so very flexible.
If the berries look ugly (February isn't exactly their best month), get dried fruit instead.
Don't like marshmallows? No problem: skip 'em.
Need a Valentine's Day treat for the whole family? Double the recipe. Kids love to dip things... especially in chocolate.
Prefer dark to milk? Go crazy.
Whatever your preferences, this is the chocolate treat for you and your valentine, because you can customize it perfectly to suit the occasion and the participants involved.
Chocolate Fondue the Lazy Way (Serves 2-4)
For the sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream
8oz (1/2 lb) chocolate chips, pastilles or small chunks (milk, dark or white)
For dipping (Choose one or more)
Fresh strawberries, raspberries or blackberries
Bananas, cut into 1" chunks
Pound cake, cut into 1" cubes
Dried fruit (apricots, figs, dried cherries, banana chips and pineapple work well)
Graham crackers or shortbread cookies
Walnut or pecan halves
Fresh coconut, cut into 1" cubes
1. Count out forks or skewers and prepare a serving plate with the dipping items. (You'll want them at the ready so the sauce doesn't cool down completely while your fussing.)
2. Place the cream and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk constantly until the chocolate melts and incorporates.
3. Pour the chocolate sauce into a pretty bowl and serve immediately alongside your prepared platter of dippers.
Totally easy, right? You can whip this up in less than 20 minutes.
I'm not a white chocolate person, but I must admit it looks particularly cool on the berries.
And feel free to use broken up chocolate bars, chocolate chips, one of those huge Hershey chocolate kisses hacked into little pieces... whatever chocolate you happen to have.