Cupid's annual visit is fast approaching. You may spend it with your partner, or hang out with friends or family, but I hope your plans will incorporate chocolate!
Being a diehard fondue fan, I can't help but recommend that you include chocolate fondue in your menu this Valentine's Day. It's easy to make and everyone loves chocolate, right?
Keep reading and I'll share a cool presentation idea (along with recipes) for a triple chocolate fondue, and I'll explain how to avoid (and fix) seized chocolate.
Valentine Fondue Recipe
A friend recently shared a video she found on Facebook, and I wanted to share that same video with you. I think it's a wonderful presentation idea if you're looking to impress your significant other this Valentine's Day.
Because the video includes Spanish instructions, I translated them for you and added a few details, but make sure to watch the video on my Facebook page so you understand how it all works together.
1 Large loaf of white bread (NOT sliced!) - crusty bread is better.
4 teaspoons of butter (melted)
3 tablespoons of white granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
300g (2/3 lb) of dark chocolate
300g (2/3 lb) of milk chocolate
300g (2/3 lb) of white chocolate
3.75 cups (900 ml) of thick (whipping) cream (divided into three servings of 1.25 cups (300 ml) each)
- Pre-heat oven to 350F/180C.
- Cut 3 square openings in the bread, leaving big enough gaps between them, and careful NOT to cut all the way through.
- Keep the pieces you took out and cut them into bite-sized rectangles.
- Mix the melted butter and sugar.
- With a small brush, cover the bread surface (including all 3 openings) so that it hardens when you bake it.
- Add the cinnamon to the rest of your melted butter and sugar and cover your bite-sized pieces.
- Bake the bread and bite-sized pieces of cut-out bread in the oven at 350F/180C for 25 minutes.
- In the mean time, melt 300g (2/3 lb) of dark chocolate with 1.25 cups (300 ml) of heavy/whipping cream on low heat.
- Do the same with 300g (2/3 lb) of milk chocolate and 300g (2/3 lb) of white chocolate.
- Pour the melted chocolate mixtures into each of the openings once your bread is ready.
- Serve with an
assortment of fresh fruit and dessert bites.
Again, you can watch the video here.
And if you want to use different recipes, here are detailed instructions:
Dark chocolate: https://www.bestfondue.com/dark-chocolate-fondue-recipe.html
Milk chocolate: https://www.bestfondue.com/recipe-for-chocolate-fondue.html
White chocolate: https://www.bestfondue.com/white-chocolate-fondue-recipe.html
Why Chocolate Seizes
Ever had chocolate seize on you? When chocolate starts getting thicker as you stir it, and then it starts to turn grainier and darker, it can get scary...
And I used to think it was unsalvageable. But fear not!
I'll tell you why it can happen (so you can hopefully avoid it), and I'll also tell you how to fix the grainy texture and return it to its previous flowing state.
Why Chocolate Seizes
Water (or moisture) got in it after it started to melt. If you've melted chocolate on its own and stirred it using a wooden spoon with some left-over moisture in it, or if condensation dripped into your melted chocolate, it can cause it to seize. Best to use a metal spoon (and not rinse it between uses).
A cooler liquid was added to it. If you add your
cream/milk/etc. after melting your chocolate, make sure that it is at the same temperature as your chocolate.
How to Fix It
First of all, the solution I'll suggest below will never make your chocolate as shiny as it could have been if it hadn't seized in the first place, but at least it will be back to liquid, flowing form, which is what we want for chocolate fondue.
You'll need to warm up about a tablespoon of hot water and mix it in with the melted chocolate. (I know, I just explained that water could have caused it, but try it out.) If a tablespoon doesn't do the trick, mix in another tablespoon, but make sure it's hot. Soon enough, you'll be back to where you were before: smooth, silky molten chocolate!
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Food For Thought
"Don't wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. Chocolate isn't like premarital sex. It will not make you pregnant. And it always feels good."
- Lora Brody
That's it for now. Want more fondue tips and ideas?
Visit the site and browse through my collection of fondue recipes or explore my fondue site in French.
You'll hear back from me in a few weeks.
Until then, be careful with open flames, and have fun with fondue!
www.recettesdefondue.ca (en français)
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