Feb 11, 2009

Chocolate Fondue

*6 ounce(s) semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
*1/4 cup(s) half-and-half or light cream
*1 tablespoon(s) flavored liqueur such as cherry, orange, coffee, or raspberry, optional
*1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
*Fruit such as whole strawberries or chunks of banana, pineapple, or pear
*1/2 cup(s) almonds, toasted and finely chopped (optional)

In heavy 1-quart saucepan or fondue pot, melt chocolate with half-and-half over low heat until mixture is smooth, stirring frequently. Stir in liqueur and vanilla; keep sauce warm.

To serve, arrange fruit on large platter. Spoon fondue into small bowl if you like. Place nuts in another small bowl. With toothpick, dip fruit into fondue, then into almonds if you like.

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