January 7, 2012

Product Review: Ramekins & Fondue Set.

Hey! Hey! Blog readers....hope all is well at your end of the world and all you Riyadhi-ians hope you guys are enjoying the SALES!!! Yum! Yum! :D

I shopped for some home stuff before going on vacation but didnt get time to blog so here is a detailed review along with recipes you can try out with the products.

My shopping was for home stuff and got these two beauties. Both for my weakness-my sweet tooth-my love for desserts :)


A ramekin or ramequin, also known as a bouillon bowl, is a small glazed ceramic or glass serving bowl used for the preparation and serving of various food dishes.

I got four of these ramekins from Homecentre at Centre Point and they are just perfect for baking, easy to wash, dishwasher & oven-safe.

Using a ramekin for cooking and baking is an easy way to decorate great dishes, such as creme brulee and many others. You can also use ramekins to make a beautiful plate to present to dinner guests. Just like I used in the molten lava recipe

The ones I used were from IKEA but these I got from Homecentre and if you make the lava cakes in these ramekins you will get the same flower shaped lava cakes like we usually get in Chilis.

Fondue Set:

The second buy is a 6 pieces Fondue set from Homecentre again. Don't confuse Fondue with fondant.

Before I write about the description of fondue sets let's begin by describing a fondue meal. I had my first fondue when I was a teenager and I instantly fell in love with it...! The fondue method of cooking is different than most because you are doing most of the cooking yourself right at your table. You can start with a good quality cheese fondue with bread & vegetables and then switch to grilling for meats, poultry, and fish. End the dinner with the heavenly chocolate fondue with fruits, marshmallows, candy, icecream etc.

In fondue cooking, you have a fondue pot which has melted cheese or chocolate in which you dip your food items with fondue forks. If you have never had a fondue dinner at a restaurant, you need to experience it at least once in your life. Keep reading to find out about home fondue sets.

Home Fondue sets make it easy to cook up a great tasting classic cheese fondue for bread or vegetable, at home, right at your dinner table. Even the meat fondues that are cooked in hot oil or broth are not hard to prepare but the most popular type of home fondues are ofcourse 'Chocolate'.

A chocolate fondue can be a romantic dessert just for two or you can share it with friends and family. If you're intrested in entertaining a big gathering and plan to cook up meat (fish, chicken) look for a fondue pot that can handle high heat while cheese or chocolate fondues can easily cook in thicker pots that don't scorch/burn the contents but still hold heat. Because as we know cheese and chocolate have to melt on very low heat and burn easily.

Chocolate/Cheese fondue sets often are heated by candles only, but meat fondues will never cook with just a candle. You will also find some fondue sets which are electric powered. Fondue sets are made from cast iron, ceramic, enamel, stainless steel, copper and aluminum. They are usually coated with non-stick, glazed, or enamel surfaces. Now it depends on your taste. choice & preference which type you want and what you plan on cooking.

This particular set that I purchased is light and can be used for light cooking such as cheese & chocolate which are easily melted by candle. It also consists of 4 fondue forks to pick and dip fruits/bread/vegetable etc.

Below are Two Recipes if you plan on buying or already have a fondue set. Enjoy over a light meal, romantic dinner for two or a large gathering.

Bon Appétit :)

Caramel Apple Fondue recipe:

Sliced apples
Chopped peanuts
2 pounds caramels
8 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Unwrap caramels and melt in microwave. When melted, add sliced cream cheese. Cook for 1 minute in microwave. Stir until cream cheese is melted. Add vanilla extract; stir. Pour caramel into fondue pot. Dip sliced apples in caramel, then into chopped peanuts.

Chocolate Fondue recipe:

milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate or sweet cooking chocolate
milk (to thicken or thin)
dry instant coffee or
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Heat chocolate and milk in heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Pour into fondue pot or chafing dish with water bath; keep warm over very low heat. (NOTE: A crock pot set on LOW does a great job of keeping the fondue warm.) Stir in a small amount of cream if fondue becomes too thick while guests are dipping.

Strawberries, banana slices*, pineapple chunks, mandarin orange segments, fresh orange slices, apple wedges*, grapes, melon balls, papaya wedges*, maraschino cherries, fresh pitted Bing cherries, kiwifruit slices, fresh coconut chunks, pound cake cubes, ladyfingers, miniature cream puffs, miniature doughnuts, marshmallows, pretzels, angel food cake cubes and vanilla wafers.

All the fruits followed by a * should be dipped in lemon juice after cutting to prevent blackening of fruits.


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