Fondue Night!

All summer we had talked about having a fondue night, but before we got round to it, summer was over. We made sure to have one when we all got back together for winter break and we had a great time! Over pots of cheese fondue and melted chocolate, we talked, laughed, and a couple of us had incidents involving some ice (long story).

There are all different types of fondue, these are the two that we made:

Norman Cheese and Apple Fondue:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 12 oz. (3 cups) shredded French Comté, Gruyère, or Swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 12 tbsp. (yes, tbsp.!) Calvados or Cognac
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • DIPPERS: apple slices; pear slices; sourdough baguettes, cut into bite-sized clues.

Directions:

  1. In a fondue pot over medium heat, heat the cider and lemon juice until bubbles form.
  2. Toss the cheese lightly with the cornstarch until evenly coated, then gradually add to the pot, a handful at a time, stirring each time until the cheese is completely melted.
  3. Stir in the Calvados/Cognac, mustard, and salt & pepper to taste. Keep warm over low heat.

**Personally, we all found 12 tablespoons of Cognac to be wayyyyy to much. I would recommend starting will less, then adding more if you think your fondue needs it.

Classic Chocolate Fondue:

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 2/3 cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • 2 tbsp. rum, kirsch, Kahlúa, or Cognac
  • DIPPERS: strawberries; banana chunks; mandarin orange segments; pineapple chunks; angel food cake or pound cake (cut into 1-in. cubes); lady fingers

Directions:

  1. Cut the chocolate into 1/2-in. pieces.
  2. In a fondue pot over low heat, combine the chocolate, cream, and rum. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Keep warm over low heat.
**Given the crazy amount of alcohol we had in the cheese fondue, we didn’t add any to this.

A couple of extra pictures from our night of fondue fun!

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One thought on “Fondue Night!

  1. […] those of you that were following/reading this blog last winter, you’ll remember that our last fondue night was, well, kind of nasty due to the 12 TABLESPOONS of Cognac the cheese fondue recipe we were […]

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