Saturday, August 27, 2011

Easy Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Follow up post to my fondue party!
For those of us that don't have a double-boiler, a very basic chocolate fondue, the college way aka microwave style.

Popular Dippers:
2 pints of Strawberries
Pretzels rods (especially good with toasted coconut)
Oreo Cookies
Graham Crackers
Pineapple Chunks
Potato Chips, ridged

2 cups (12-oz pkg.) of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup of heavy cream
2 tbsp of butter

1. Put all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
3. Microwave on at high power for about 1 minute.
4. Take out and stir (it will look lumpy but keep stirring)*.
5. Put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds.
6. Stir until smooth (if it still looks lumpy put it in the microwave for another 20)*
7. Set the pot over a candle or canned heat and serve hot with dipping items.
(Optional) Pour into cute ceramic hershey kiss fondue warmer
*all microwaves are different, it's best to make to microwave less as chocolate burns easily and milk forms a film if over heated

Additional ingredients you could add are 2 tbsp of Cognac, liqueur, or brandy.
I also love using some of this sauce for sundaes!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Easy Cheese Fondue Recipe

An easy cheese fondue with a sauce pan.
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp of dry mustard
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1/2 tsp of pepper
1 tbsp of cornstarch
1tbsp of lemon juice
1 cup of white wine, dry
1/2 lb of Gruyere Cheese*, Shredded
1/2 lb of Swiss Cheese*, Shredded
*personal preference

Dippers suggestion:
Bread Cubes, preferably day old
Broccoli/Celery, Crispy or Blanched
Grape Tomato
Apple Wedges
Potato Wedges, roasted
Button Mushrooms, roasted

1. Put cheese and cornstarch in a bowl or large plastic bag, toss to coat. Set aside until ready to use.
2. Bring wine, lemon and garlic to a simmer in saucepan over medium heat.
3. Slowly add in cheese while continuously stirring to prevent clumping.
4. Add the spices* stir well and cook stirring until the mixture is smooth (3-5 mins)
5. Set the pot over a candle or canned heat and serve hot with dipping items.
*add spices to taste

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Never too old for a Slumber Party!

Once again it's time for our annual slumber party. Each year since freshman year, my roommates and I get together in the summer for a girls night with popcorn, pizza, chocolate, movies and did a mention LOTs of CHoCOLatE?! Yes, we do a fondue with cheese and Chocolate!! It all started because our dorms don't allow open flames, including a tea cup candle, out rages we do a summer sleepover to reconnect and stuff faces with chocolate! It's the simplest meal because you just dip your stick in the pot and eat as much as you want! Everyone is a happy camper with fondue and no judgement even if you put your Cheeto in the chocolate pot, guilty! What can I say I thought salty and sweet are so go together why not try cheesy and chocolatey, taste wise? not bad, except you stomach will not be so pleased with your exotic taste.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Hot Pink Velvet Cake!! ♥ UW

Today my love, Jordan, is coming to UW for her business school orientation!! She is one of the most hardworking young woman I've met and I''m so proud of her accomplishment. I was so excited that I decide to bake her a cake, and what better than a HOT PINK Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. I just reduce my Red Velvet Cake Recipe into a fourth of the serving size and used less red food coloring. Unfortunately people will probably mistaken the pink frosting for red, which is our rival school's color (WSU); a purple & gold cake (UW) didn't seem as appetizing. Oh well let critics be i guess...