Written by Roar Elias
You simply have to have to have a basic recipe for dipping chocolate.
This is not only going to make things look special, but you can really have fun experimenting with different flavours. This is something that you can do with your kids. They will be fascinated with it and they will love eating their beautiful creations. You may even find your children developing more of an interest in fruit as long as they start dipping them in chocolate. This is a great way of transforming something bland and boring into a work of art.
Now obviously the melting is the important part here, if you are thinking of ways with dipping chocolate. Melting is simple, but just stick to the basics of using good quality chocolate and making sure you melt it over a gentle heat. If you do this in the microwave then just make sure that you keep an eye on it at all times.
Basic dipping chocolate recipe:
Some people add cream or vegetable oil whilst they are melting the chocolate down, but none of this is necessary. All you need is good quality chocolate and you are good to go.
For something like this, I would normally want to temper the chocolate in order to give it that extra shine. Don't let this technical term put you off. If you know how to use a thermometer and can read up about when to take the chocolate off and what to do next then you will be fine and you will definitely notice a big difference.
Once when I was a kid, we had a chocolate fondue party. You know, when you have a fondue, usually you have little bits that fall to the bottom, which aren't usually the highlight of the evening, but this didn't matter because you are picking up little marshmallows, great tasting berries and other types of sweets.
This is the perfect party food, which will keep kids happy for ages and adults won't complain that much either. This is something nice to do at the end of the meal and it's definitely something different.
This is a chocolate fondue sauce, which is great for almost any occasion:
Put the sugar into a small heavy based saucepan with 100ml (3 fl. oz.) water. Heat this gently until the water dissolves. Now bring it to the boil and keep boiling rapidly for about 4 minutes until the syrup is bubbling and looks dark and treacly.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add 2 Tbsp of water. Now return it to the heat and it should be smooth and glossy.
Add the butter, vanilla and chocolate and stir this until everything has melted. Stir in the cream and leave it to stand.
Cut all of your dippers into chunks.
It's best to serve the sauce in little cups and then arrange the fruit and bread around it. Of course, you can always just have a fondue pot in the middle if you prefer.
However, making dipping chocolate involves melting the chocolate, and that is not aleays as easy as it sounds.
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