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Cheese Fondue

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How to make a classic Cheese Fondue using Gruyère, Vacherin Fribourgeois and Camembert. This classic recipe from Switzerland is perfect for sharing with friends.

Ingredients

For the cheese fondue

To serve

Instructions

  1. Remove the rind from the Camembert and chop the soft cheese into small cubes.
  2. Cut the Gruyère and Vacherin Fribourgeois into small cubes.
  3. Heat the wine in a large fondue pot until it starts to simmer.
  4. Add the cheese and use a large whisk to slowly melt the cheese into the wine.
  5. Meanwhile, mix together the cornflour (cornstarch) and Kirsch in a small bowl.
  6. Once the cheese has fully melted into the wine, slowly whisk in some of the cornflour (cornstarch) mixture. You may not need all of it – use enough until you have a thick consistency, but still light enough to easily coat a piece of bread. If your fondue is too thick, simply thin it with some more white wine.
  7. Add the garlic cloves and season with some pepper.
  8. Serve the fondue immediately on a stand over a medium flame.
  9. The fondue needs to be stirred constantly so that it remains emulsified. So as you are dipping your bread into the cheese, swirl it around the pot to give the cheese a good mix, and also to coat your bread nicely.
  10. Once you get to the bottom of the pot, you will find that a lovely layer of golden cheese will have formed. In our home, this is considered to be the prize of the meal and everyone always fights for a piece.

Kitchen Notes

A classic Swiss cheese fondue uses half Gruyère and half Vacherin Fribourgeois.

You can experiment with different types of cheese by substituting one of all of the varities specified in this recipe. I would suggest only 2 to 3 cheeses for a fondue, and preferably of French or Swiss origin. Some good varieties include: Comté, Emmental and Beaufort.

If you don’t like the flavour of alcohol in your fondue, you can try to cook off some of the alcohol in the white wine by letting it simmer for 3-5 minutes before adding the cheese. You could also substitute the Kirsch with white wine.

I use a dry white wine in this recipe, which also happens to be the wine we like to serve alongside the fondue. As the wine is one of the major flavours in this dish, you definitely need to use a good quality wine which you would be happy to drink; the wine does not need to be expensive, but it needs to taste good.

Kirsch is a strong cherry brandy. You can substitute it with grappa, or even whisky is a delicious alternative. The garlic cloves gently flavour the cheese during the meal.

If you don’t want to use whole garlic cloves, the more traditional method is to simply rub one garlic clove all over the inside of the pot before starting this recipe.

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