White Russian fondue. Oh, yes, we did. We're so crazy.
This was amazing and such an easy fondue recipe that I'm surprised it took this long for the inspiration to come to me.
I was thinking about different liqueurs to add to a fondue, and Bailey's Irish Cream has been at the top of the list for a while: chicks love Bailey's, and I'm a chick. Also, it obviously tastes great with white chocolate.
I wondered, too, if anyone was putting vodka in fondue since somebody somewhere is always trying to put vodka in something. It dawned on me that I had the makings of a White Russian, and that our white chocolate fondue recipe was already the perfect recipe for making White Russian Fondue.
This dessert fondue has just a little kick to it. It's sweet and creamy, without being too sweet. The mascarpone is milder and softer than butter, so it tones down the white chocolate and creates a really great background for the Bailey's and the vodka. In fact, I was really surprised at how prominent the alcohol flavor is.
Now don't start talking about how the alcohol boils off, because it doesn't: this is an alcoholic fondue. But there's just enough to taste and not enough to catch a buzz, especially if you split a pot between four people. Or two people. But even if you don't share, I bet you won't be feeling tipsy after this. A sugar high, maybe. But not drunk.
As always, use the best chocolate you are willing to pay for. The cheaper stuff is made with more sugar and additives and has an unpleasant waxy texture, it's cloyingly sweet and I think it tastes of chemicals. You can find perfectly good white chocolate at the grocery store: we've used Ghirardelli white chocolate bars with success and they are very easy to find. Just don't skimp!
Personally, we felt like the cookies and cake dippers went best with this white chocolate fondue recipe, making it pretty unhealthy (Holy carbs, Batman!) but ultra comforting on a cold winter's night.
Pour the fondue into your ceramic fondue dish and light the tea candle underneath to keep it warm during your dessert. Be sure to extinguish the candle as soon as you're done, however, as scalded chocolate will not only alter the flavor of your fondue, but it also a pain to clean.
Serve with your choice of fondue dippers.
Some of my favorite online stores might have just what you need for your next tabletop meal!
Asian Food Grocer has a great selection of essential ingredients and many hard-to-find items.
Cilantro Cook Shop has a great selection of quality raclette and fondue sets.
For The Gourmet has an amazing selection of cheeses and chocolates.
Sephra specializes in chocolate, caramel and fruit fondues... and fountains.