Recipes for dessert fondue - suggestions please!
If you really wanted to make it ahead, you could, but there's no point since the main part of making fondue is heating it. Chop a pound of chocolate (this is about the only thing I'd worry about doing in advance, and even then it happens in a blink with a few pulses of a food processor), add a cup of cream, and mix them together in a bowl. Put the bowl over a pan of water at a fast simmer, and stir until the chocolate is melted. Optionally, add a shot or two of your favorite liqueur (for an added touch get a good sized metal spoon, pour in liqueur, heat it from below with a lighter, then light the alcohol before adding to the chocolate), swirl it in, and serve.
Dip into the chocolate, well, anything you would like to dip into chocolate. Items that I would consider practically mandatory include pound cake cubes, strawberries, and marshmallows. From there, the sky is the limit; as long as it can be dipped into chocolate either with one's fingers or speared on a fork without falling off. Graham crackers are good (especially teamed with the marshmallows), little squares of cheesecake are terrific, mini cookies are fun too.
Here's a recipe that works for me. It makes 2-4 servings, so you'll want to make more.
8 oz. best-quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
¾ c. cream, briefly scalded
3 T. liqueur (I prefer Grand Marnier, but Framboise, Kahlua, or other fruit- or coffee-flavored liqueurs will also work)
Dipping suggestions: Fresh berries, orange slices, pretzels, nuts, pieces of brownies or pound cake, caramels, other fruits
Put the chocolate in a bowl, preferably stainless steel, and pour the hot cream over it. After a few minutes, whisk the mixture until smooth, and then whisk in the liqueur. Pour chocolate into a fondue pot set to a low setting and serve with the dipping items of your choice.
If you're going to make it ahead, I would suggest storing it in a zip-loc bag, and then putting the bag in a hot water bath until it starts melting. Then put it in your fondue pot.