Makes approximately 1 cup
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
½ lb. semi-sweet chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
cookies, cake, marshmallows or fruit for dipping
Place all the ingredients in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and glossy. Transfer to serving bowls (or a fondue set) and serve warm with assorted things to dip. If the fondue cools too much, reheat over simmering water or in the microwave on low power.
The fondue can be made up to one day in advance. Pour the cooked fondue into a bowl and place plastic wrap tightly across the surface of the chocolate to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until ready to use, then re warm over a double boiler or in the microwave on low power.