Sicilian Superfood Fondue

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Author Notes: This luscious chocolate fondue has only 3 ingredients: dark chocolate, extra-virgin olive oil, and fiori di sicilia--an extract which is like Sicily in a bottle--intensely fragrant of oranges and lemons, jasmine and bitter almonds, with hints of vanilla.

For dipping: hunks of whole grain walnut cranberry bread, blood orange segments, and amaretti cookies pair perfectly with the orange-scented chocolate. A bowl of Sicilian pistachios makes a nice, salty aside. What else could you dip? Figs, fresh or dried. Sliced pears. Candied orange and lemon peel. Marcona almonds. Chunks of panettone. Or just thin slices of crusty baguette, dipped and then sprinkled with coarse sea salt.

Ok, so amaretti cookies aren't exactly a superfood, but the rest of the ingredients are full of healthy fats and rich in antioxidants.

Fiori di sicilia can be found at kingarthurflour.com. To substitute, use 1 teaspoon orange extract, 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract and 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract.
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Serves 6-8

  • 12 ounces coarsely chopped dark chocolate, such as 66% Valrhona
  • 1/2 cup good quality, fruity, extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fiori di sicilia
  • 2 cups whole grain bread, cut into 2 inch cubes, or crusty baguette slices
  • 2 blood oranges, with peel and pith removed, cut into 1 inch segments
  • 2 cups amaretti cookies
  • 1 cup pistachios
  1. Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Prepare your dipping ingredients while the chocolate melts.
  2. Add extra virgin olive oil, and stir vigorously.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of fiori di sicilia and mix well.
  4. Pour melted chocolate mixture into a fondue pot warmed with a flame.
  5. Serve your fondue with a platter of dipping ingredients.
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almost 3 years ago Lorenza

Buon giorno jacksonholefoodie, Thanks for weighing in on my dilemma regarding what to cook for dinner when burnt out on cooking. I followed the thread which led me to your profile. By the look of this superfood fondue recipe, I think I have just been inspired to cook dinner again. Will get directly to dessert as soon as I procure Fiora di Sicilia, it sounds absolutely magnifico! Love your profile photo, shotgun on the shoulder, that big ol' Western sky in the background, PULL! Ciao ciao, Lorenza

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almost 3 years ago jacksonholefoodie

Oh yes that is the best solution of all: Make dessert first. And with just 3 ingredients--chocolate, olive oil and fiori di sicilia--it is so easy.

The shotgun is for real--I'll be posting some wild game recipes soon! Thanks for your comment and good luck with dinner.

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almost 3 years ago jacksonholefoodie

Yes, it definitely is my secret ingredient in biscotti, risotto rice pudding, and olive oil cake. But I think all of its nuances comes out best in pure chocolate!

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almost 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Wow. Must get some fiori di Sicilia, subito! This recipe is brilliant. ;o)