August 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

Fond of Fondue? Try it tonight

Chocolate Fondue is an easy classic. (Ken Burris / EatingWell)

The chocolate will stiffen if it gets cold, so enjoy it while its still warm. Skewer and dip anything you like bananas, strawberries, pineapple, pear slices, dried apricots, even marshmallows.

Chocolate Fondue

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon brewed espresso (see Kitchen tip)
teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 banana, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
8 1-inch chunks fresh pineapple
4 strawberries

Place chocolate, cream, espresso, vanilla and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. (Alternatively, see No microwave? below.)

Pour the chocolate mixture into a serving bowl. Serve with fruit. Serves 2.

Recipe tips and notes

Kitchen tip: If you dont have an espresso maker, look for instant espresso powder at your supermarket.

No microwave? Place chopped chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water. Gently stir until almost melted. Remove from the heat and stir until the chocolate melts completely.

Per serving: 347 calories; 19 g fat (10 g saturated fat; 49 percent calories from fat); 54 g carbohydrates; 21 mg cholesterol; 81 mg sodium; 4 g protein; 7 g fiber.