What is life without chocolate, without sweet treats and the pleasures of eating for fun – for pure enjoyment? It’s the holidays and I’m just letting go a little – allowing a few more treats than I usually do during school time! I’ve been dabbling with making a fondue for a while and I wanted to create a fun dessert for a couple of close friends that were coming over for an easy afternoon of lazy eating and drinking. It turned out to be quite a hit and looked pretty damn good!
My top tip before we kick into the recipe is please please please, invest in really good quality chocolate chips. It pretty much all that goes into making the fondue, so it’s worth spending that extra bit of money for the best! The rest of the ingredients are store bought – which I definitely don’t feel guilty about ! Just make sure you buy the highest quality once again.
500gms milk chocolate chips
500gms white chocolate chips
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup double cream
3 slices brownies
4 granola bars (I like a pear muesli version – but any good quality granola bar will do)
5 Chocolate Ferrero Rochers
5 Coconut Ferrero Rochers
1 punnet strawberries
1 ripe, but firm mango
A handful of marshmallows ( look around the store for some special versions such as my chocolate covered ones
4 slices of good quality vanilla madeira cake ( An orange victoris sponge cake would also be lovely with the chocolate fondues )
Place the dark chocolate with 1/2 cup of condensed milk and 1/2 cup double cream into a heavy based saucepan. Place over a low heat and let the chocolate begin to melt, stirring only after you see the chocolate has started to melt. The trick is to keep it on a very low heat and only stir it a few times, until everything melts together gently. Do NOT let it boil at all. Once the mixture is glossy and melted, take it off the heat and set aside.
Place the milk chocolate with the remaining condensed milk and cream. Follow the above method.
Chop the brownies, the plain madeira sponge and the granola bars into small size dipping chunks.
Wash and hull the strawberries and leave them whole. Chop the mango into cubes.
Now place all the Ferrero Rocher chocolates and all the rest of the ingredients around the platter, ensuring you split up the colours so they appear bright and beautiful. I have quite a special little fondue set that allows me to display both chocolates together, however you can always set up two little bowls side by side.
Close to serving, you can very gently reheat the chocolate fondues and place above a small tealight to keep it warm.
Now simply dip away!!!
Credit for Photography goes to Vanessa Knight Photography