What could be more yummy and romantic than making a chocolate fondue to share with your sweetie?
And this recipe is low in fat, so you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging with ripe pieces of pineapple, strawberries and other fruit, or chunks of moist and low-fat angel food cake.
“It is low fat because we use very little half and half — which is half cream and half milk — and then skim milk,” says Carol Segobiano. “Most fondue recipes call for heavy whipping cream with lots of fat. This cooks up very smooth and creamy.”
Segobiano and Ursula Bulgarelli, both of St. Charles, are owners of the personal chef and catering business Pear of Chefs. They came up with this recipe the past holiday season when a mother had ordered a gift basket for her son and his girlfriend living in Washington, D.C.
“She asked us to fill a basket for a full dinner,” Segobiano says. “We created the menu for him, provided the recipes, nonperishable items and grocery list in the basket,” Segobiano says. “We thought the fondue was a great date-night dessert.”
It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. Using dark chocolate helps the recipe stay heart healthy, and the small amount of powdered sugar takes the edge off of the bitter chocolate taste.
For those who don’t want to add the Grand Marnier, that’s OK.
“You can skip it or use any of your favorite liqueur such as a raspberry one or mint,” Segobiano says. “It just makes it more full bodied.”
Once you have the mixture complete, put it in a small slow cooker or fondue pot.
“I like a Crock-Pot better because there is no burning or flame,” Segobiano says. “It heats evenly in a Crock-Pot and can sit longer.”
Chocolate FondueIngredients: 1/4 cup half and half 1/3 cup fat-free milk 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped 1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (or your favorite liqueur)
Dipping ideas: 1-inch cubed angel food cake Apples, bananas, strawberries or pineapple
Preparation: Combine the first three ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes or until smooth, stirring constantly. Do not boil.
Stir in the sugar and liqueur. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until the mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Pour mixture into a fondue pot or slow cooker. Keep warm.
Serve with angel food cake, and/or suggested fruits. kc
LOW-FAT RECIPE OF THE MONTH• This three-month health series will enlist the expertise of Ursala Bulgarelli and Carol Segobiano of St. Charles, co-owners of Pear of Chefs. They will provide a low-fat recipe for Kane County residents
to try at home.