Fondue Recipe – Make Your Own Fondue

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Fondue Recipe – Make your own Swiss Fondue Recipe at Home

Cheese Fondue

Make your own Swiss Fondue Recipe at Home

What could be better than  relaxing over a hot Fondue with friends after a day’s skiing in the mountains? Fondues are easy and fun to prepare at home. Ideally use a special pot called a “caquelon” to cook the fondue. Once it’s ready, the caquelon can sit on the table on a small burner. Keep the fondue at a constant heat and make sure it doesn’t boil. The crispy layer at the bottom of the fondue is called a “religeuse” and is considered a delicacy!

Watch you don’t drop your bread into the cheese! Swiss tradition apparently says that if a woman drops her bread she has to kiss all the men at the table and if a man drops his cube of bread, he has to buy everyone a drink!

Ingredients for a Swiss Fondue Recipe for 4 people:

  • Approx. 600 g of white bread
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 400 g grated Gruyere cheese
  • 200 g grated Emmental cheese
  • 3 dl (10 fl ounces) white wine
  • 5 cl (l.7 fl ounces) Kirsch
  • 2 teaspoons of corn starch (maizena)
  • Grind of pepper & Nutmeg

Preparation:

  1. Cut the bread into cubes. Split the clove of garlic in two and rub the inside of the caquelon with it.
  2. Put the cheese and the wine in the caquelon and cook on the hob stirring constantly. Add kirsch and corn flour (it’s called Maizena here), but keep stirring. Leave on the stove for a while, taking care that it doesn’tt overheat. Add a grind of pepper and nutmeg, then put the caquelon on the burner on the table.
  3. Adjust the heat so that the cheese stays at a constant temperature whilst eating. Put a small piece of bread on the fork, stir into cheese and enjoy. You may vary the varieties of cheese used according to taste.

If the thought of cooking after skiing is all too much here are some Fondue Restaurants in Zurich:

Fondue in Zurich

Picture credit: Zimmerhaus zur Leuten Zurich

Have fun wherever you have your fondue!

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