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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Dark Chocolate Fondue

I consider dark chocolate to be a healthy food, in moderation (1 to 2 ounces per day). It is low in sugar and full of antioxidants.

This recipe calls mostly for fruits that are easy to find in the winter, but use any fruit you find fresh or dried and unsweetened.

-4 oz dark chocolate, 70% to 85%
-2 to 4 tbsp organic cream
-1 tbsp cognac
-1 tangerine
-1 banana
-1 apple
-12 to 15 fresh strawberries (if available)
-6 dried apricot halves
-6 dried peach halves

Fill a saucepan with an inch of water and warm it over low heat. Break up the chocolate, or roughly chop it, into small pieces. Add the chocolate to a glass or stainless bowl and cover. Place the bowl over the saucepan and allow the water to simmer gently until the chocolate is just melted, 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, arrange the fruit on a plate.

Once the chocolate has melted, whisk in the cream and cognac, then transfer the chocolate mixture to a fondue bowl. Warm over a low flame and serve immediately with the fruit plate.

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