Orange Cardamom Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate Fondue with Cardamom and Orange Liqueur. Sounds romantic, right? It’s the perfect thing for Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to surprise your sweetie with an adventure.
Today’s Romantic Dinner Tip: Embark on a food adventure together by deciding to try something new and different.
Now I do not mean that you (the cook) should find a new idea on pinterest, make it and then spring it on your partner in a “Surprise! Guess what we’re trying tonight!” kind of way.
That would be a bit like…erm…stories I’ve heard…yeah…erm…stories about other people…erm…trying new things in the bedroom. I’ve heard from these other people that it’s better to talk first and decide to do it together instead of suddenly showing up at your partner’s bedside wearing a __________ on your __________ and expecting him to __________ it until it __________ on your __________ .
So what I mean is that you should talk together about the meal beforehand and try to think of some new little twist on an old favorite that you can easily make.
Or maybe there’s a fruit or vegetable you haven’t tasted before or a spice or a type of cuisine.
Go into it together.
Then you can talk about what you expected and how it met or didn’t meet those expectations. And this way nobody has hurt feelings when their partner doesn’t like the new thing.
As an example of a food adventure, I bring you a Chocolate Fondue recipe with a spicy little twist: This chocolate fondue has cardamom and orange liqueur in it.
If you’ve never tried cardamom before, this would be a fun new thing to try for your adventure. You can smell the spice before cooking with it. That’s fun, right? Then you get to taste it mixed into melted chocolate. And then you get to fall in love with it together. I promise you will.
Cardamom is a good thing.
Cardamom in chocolate is even better.
Add some orange into the mix and suddenly I’m in the mood for another game of mad libs!
In addition to the cardamom, I’ve suggested kumquats as a possible dipper for this fondue. Now I’ll just tell you straight out that lots of people don’t like these little guys. They kind of taste like orange peel. But if you quarter them, pop out the seeds and make sure they’re loaded with chocolate before you taste them, you get that amazing chocolate-covered-orange-peel kind of effect. But juicier.
But if you guys try the kumquats and decide you don’t like them, it was still an adventure. You’ve tried something new together and have something to talk about now and every time kumquats come up in conversation.
And we all know how useful a good kumquat anecdote is!
Note that Scharffen Berger gave me the decadently rich chocolate used to make this decadent rich and delicious fondue recipe.
You should also head over and check out the amazing fondues that my partner in Fondue Week crime, Katie’s Cucina, has been cooking up this week. It’s pretty tasty stuff!
- 9.7 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, such as Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate with 70% Cacao
- ¾ cup of whole milk (or you can use low-fat (the 2% version) evaporated milk
- ¾ tsp of ground cardamom
- 1 to 2 tbsp orange liqueur, such as cointreau, grand marnier or triple sec
- a pinch of salt
- assorted dippers like strawberries, raspberries, kumquats, cookies, marshmallows, pretzels, etc..
- Set up a double boiler (a pot with water simmering inside of it with a bowl perched on top of the pot such that the steam from the simmering water is warming the bottom of the bowl. Click here for a picture and further instructions on how to make a double boiler. Do not allow the bowl to touch the actual water).
- Pour the milk into a microwave safe dish. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it's really steamy. If a skin forms on the top of the milk, no worries. Just use a spoon to take it off.
- While the milk is warming, take the bowl off of the top of the double boiler so it can cool off a little bit. Chop the chocolate up finely. Put it into the bowl and then immediately pour the hot milk over top. Set the bowl back above the simmering water of the double boiler. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
- Add the cardamom, 1 tablespoon of the liqueur and the salt. Stir until it is well combined. Give it a taste. Decide if you'd like more alcohol in it or not. Add up to 1 more tbsp if you'd like to. Stir some more.
- If you have a chocolate fondue set, use a spatula to scrape every last bit of the chocolate into the bowl of the set. If not, you can take your double boiler to the table. The water will continue to steam keeping your chocolate warm for a long time.
- Serve the fondue with the assorted dippers.
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