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.
The cookies were our favorite dippers for this 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.
White Russian Fondue Recipe
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 12 oz of white chocolate, crumbled into small pieces (good-quality white chocolate chips are perfect for this)
- 2/3 cup room-temperature mascarpone cheese
- 2 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream or equivalent
- 1-2 tbsp vodka
- frozen pound cake, cubed
- frozen cheese cake, cubed
- Rice Krispie treats, cubed
- strawberries, cut in half
- your favorite cookies
- pretzel rods
In a double-boiler or in the microwave, gently melt the mascarpone cheese and chocolate.
Slowly stir in the whipping cream, Bailey’s, and vodka and cook until heated through.
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.