Product Type: John Lewis gadgets
Newest Review: ... parts, the top 'bowl' and the bottom section where you store the tea light candle. It is made of cast iron so keeps the heat well once i... more
Fondue or fondont??
John Lewis Cast Iron Fondue
Member Name: purplekimmy
John Lewis Cast Iron Fondue
Advantages: It is well made and sturdy
I can't say I have ever had a dinner party and thought, 'I must get the fondue set out' but I have on occasion in the evening if the family fancies a pig out, used this fondue set.
I have never had a cheese fondue in it, choosing instead to put Camembert in the oven and dip bread etc into it that way. I have only ever used this for chocolate fondues, after all chocolate is the bane of my life and I don't think you can go wrong with chocolate anything.
I was bought this as a gift around two years ago and not only does it make a nice ornament in my kitchen, it is very useful too. It comes in two parts, the top 'bowl' and the bottom section where you store the tea light candle. It is made of cast iron so keeps the heat well once it has been heated and with the help of the tea light candle it keeps the chocolate at a runny consistency. You get six 'forks' which you use to pick up whichever items you require to dip into your mixture. The wooden handles are a nice design feature of this although frequent washing of these does tarnish the wood somewhat. The metal prongs are tarnish free however and are easy to clean after use.
The 'bowl' section is a nice size and easy to dip your items into when it is filled with whatever delicious food you choose to have. This is also easy to clean, a quick wash out with hot water and washing up liquid has it clean and sparkling in no time. The bottom section I wipe over as it tends not to need a total submersion in water. The whole thing together is very sturdy and even if the 'bowl' is full it doenst feel unsteady at all.
As I mentioned before, I usually use this to enjoy a chocolate coated calorie fest, those of a delicate nature please look away now. In a saucepan I melt both milk and dark chocolate, I add double cream and as much Toblerone as I have and melt this down, sometimes I add white chocolate, sometimes I add more milk than dark, there is no hard fast rule to this recipe, I just melt whatever I fancy and it always turns out good. Due to using my chocolate factory, I know that adding oil to this mixture stops it from setting and makes it a lot glossier in appearance. You do not need that much and it does not alter the taste of the chocolate at all. This is a good tip; I wish I had known a long time ago, this (along with the lit tea light) helps keep the chocolate mixture runny. I then like to use strawberries, marshmallows, banana, biscuits etc to dip into this mixture and enjoy. I really want one of these now but due to the pre wedding diet, I sadly cannot enjoy this, hopefully someone out there will have one and tell me their thoughts. I won't be too jealous honestly....sniff sniff!
Summary: Great for pigging out
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