1 cup premium cocoa powder (such as Valrohna or Scharffen Berger), sifted
1 1/4 cups spring water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup plus 5 tablespoons heavy cream
5 ounces 62% Scharffen Berger semi-sweet chocolate (or other premium semi-sweet chocolate), chopped
Fondue Foods and Fruits Suggestions:
Pound cake, cut into cubes
Fresh fruit, such as bananas, apples, strawberries, and plums, cut into bite sized pieces
Sift the cocoa into mixing bowl and set aside. Place the water, sugar, and corn syrup into a pot and bring to boil. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until sugar solution has reduced by about 30%. Pour the cocoa powder into the solution and blend with a whisk until smooth. Return the chocolate mixture to the stove and continue cooking over medium heat. Add heavy cream, bring to boil and allow to simmer for five minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in chopped chocolate. Pour into fondue pot and keep warm.
Makes 4-6 servings.
Michael Recchiuti, San Francisco, CA
Date: February 11, 2007