How to Make Fondue

Learn how to make fondue, without a fondue pot, with this easy recipe.
Related To:

Traditionally, fondue was nothing more than melted chocolate kept warm in a pot called a Caquelon, which was set over a sterno or other source of fire. This version is a ganache, which is thick enough to cling to the treats dipped into it, but thin enough to stay liquid without the fire. I’ve poured the chocolate into individual ramekins, so each person has their own "pot" of  warm chocolate to dip into. Set out an assortment of fruits, cake, cookies, meringues and/or dried fruit. It is a fast, simple, fun dessert for a larger party or a romantic way to celebrate Valentine's Day with someone special.

Chocolate Fondue (Without a Fondue Pot)

Makes: Four 4-ounce ramekins of chocolate

Prep time:  10 minutes

Skill: Easy
8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons brandy, coffee or flavored simple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat to a gently simmer. Remove from heat and add the brandy, vanilla, butter and chopped chocolate. Swirl the cream so that the chocolate is covered. Allow to sit for 2 minutes.

Gently whisk until completely smooth, serve immediately.

For a party, set out a large variety of treats to dip into the chocolate. I used 3-inch cocktail skewers to do the dipping. At the last minute divide4 or 6-ounce ramekins with the warm ganache.

If it is just a party of two, then set up a smaller selection of dip-able treats with one larger pot of chocolate in the middle.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Zoë François, author of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day  and Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads in 5 Minutes a Day , studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She now calls Minneapolis her home, where she has worked with some of the top talent in the culinary world — Steven Brown, Andrew Zimmern and many chefs at the D’Amico company. In addition to writing, Zoë teaches baking classes and consults at restaurants. You can find her writing and recipe creations on Devour, on her baking blog, zoebakes.com and on the site, www.breadin5.com.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Super Food Nerds: How to Make Corned Beef

Get our in-depth look at how to make corned beef with step-by-step instructions.

Pickled Cranberries: Not Your Grandmother's Cranberry Sauce

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year's feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we're bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Mother's Day Cake

This stunning cake is bright and cheery, both in presentation and flavors. It's perfect for Mother’s Day!

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day With Shepherd's Hand Pies

Serve Shepherd's Pie Hand Pies for your St. Patrick's Day Party. Get the recipe at Cooking Channel.

Sweet Potato Casserole Pie with Marshmallow Praline Topping

Turn sweet potato casserole into a pie recipe this Thanksgiving with this southern twist from Cooking Channel.

Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate-Covered Toffee

Looking for an easy gift idea? Cooking Channel's recipe for Chocolate-Covered Toffee is just the ticket. A touch of coffee in the toffee balances out the sweetness.

On TV

UpRooted

7am | 6c

UpRooted

7:30am | 6:30c

UpRooted

8am | 7c

UpRooted

8:30am | 7:30c

UpRooted

9am | 8c

UpRooted

9:30am | 8:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

10am | 9c

Unwrapped 2.0

10:30am | 9:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

11:30am | 10:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

12:30pm | 11:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

1:30pm | 12:30c

Good Eats

2pm | 1c

Good Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

3:30pm | 2:30c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

4:30pm | 3:30c

Man Fire Food

6:30pm | 5:30c

Man Fire Food

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Man Fire Food

8pm | 7c

Man Fire Food

8:30pm | 7:30c

Man Fire Food

9:30pm | 8:30c

Cheap Eats

10pm | 9c

I Hart Food

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Man Fire Food

12am | 11c

Man Fire Food

12:30am | 11:30c

Man Fire Food

1am | 12c

Man Fire Food

1:30am | 12:30c

Cheap Eats

2am | 1c

I Hart Food

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c
What's Hot
What's Hot

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

New Episodes Mondays 9|8c

So Much Pretty Food Here