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Classic Cheese Fondue

Classic Cheese Fondue
Cheeses have different fat and moisture contents and therefore react differently to heat. When making fondue, select cheeses that melt well and yield a smooth, creamy consistency.

Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 10 oz. Emmentaler cheese, grated
  • 10 oz. Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 3 Tbs. kirsch
  • Pinch of freshly ground white pepper
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 1-lb. loaf French bread, cubed

Directions:

Rub the inside of a saucepan with the garlic halves; discard the garlic. Pour the wine and lemon juice into the pan, set over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Gradually add the cheeses, stirring in a figure-eight motion, until the cheeses are combined, 3 to 4 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and kirsch until blended. As soon as the cheese mixture begins to bubble, add the cornstarch mixture. Continue to cook gently, 2 to 3 minutes more, then stir in the white pepper, nutmeg and paprika. Reduce the heat to low and keep the fondue warm, stirring occasionally, until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, assemble the fondue pot, add the cheese fondue to the pot and keep warm according to the manufacturer's instructions. Set the fondue on the table and serve with bread cubes and individually marked fondue forks for dipping.
Serves 6.
Adapted from The Fondue Cookbook, (Hamlyn, 1999).