Fruit and Chocolate Fondue

One of the reasons that I love finishing a meal with a fruit and chocolate fondue is that it is pretty effortless.  There is hardly any advance planning required to prepare the chocolate mixture making it ideal for last minute entertaining.  In addition, there is a certain elegance to fondue that creates an immediate “wow” factor.  And like I always say, there is nothing better than an easy, impactful recipe!

Serves 4


½ cup heavy cream

8 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 pinch salt

1 pint of strawberries, whole or hulled

1 pint of raspberries

2 bananas, peeled and sliced

Place the cream in small sauce pan and heat gently.  As soon as the cream starts bubbling around the edges, remove from the heat and add the chocolate.  Let sit covered for about five minutes.  Uncover, add the almond extract and salt,  and whisk until smooth.  Transfer the chocolate mixture to a warm fondue pot and keep warm with a votive candle or a burner set very low.

Place all the fruit on a platter and serve along with the fondue.