A Fondness for Fondue
One of the rituals of a skiing holiday is to have at least one fondue. Skiing is, after all, hard work and mountain air sharpens the appetite. Obviously, this makes it absolutely OK to consume half your body weight in melted cheese!
We are probably not going skiing this year. The start of the Winter Olympics, however, seemed as good as excuse as any to have a fondue. After all, we need to celebrate the achievements and years of hard work of all the athletes competing.
Stilton and Cider Fondue
Our fondue was prompted via a press release from cheesemonger Paxton & Whitfield and the arrival of an orchard selection box from Sainsbury’s. We extracted the fondue set from the back of the under sink cupboard, and bought a bottle of meths from one of the less salubrious shops in the North End Road.
The fondue consists of Stilton melted into cider. We ate it with sourdough and apple and pear to dip, as Stilton is delicious with orchard fruits. Although very rich, the fruit cut through the cheese nicely and we will be eating it again, skiing or no skiing.
Recipe: English Stilton Fondue with Apples & Pears
- 1 clove Garlic (cut lengthwise)
- 200 ml Dry cider (still, not sparkling)
- 500 g Blue Stilton cut into small cubes
- 125 ml Creme Fraiche/Fromage blanc/Double cream
- 1 tbsp Cornflour (or plain flour is OK)
- 2 tblsp chopped Chives
- Rub the cut edge of the garlic clove around the inside of a heavy-based fondue pan to leave a fine coating.
- Discard the rest of the garlic, pour in the cider (but keep a couple of tablespoons back) and heat to a gentle simmer.
- In a small bowl mix together the reserved cider and the flour into a smooth paste.
- Gradually add the cheese to the pan, stirring as it melts into the cider. Do not let the mixture come to a boil as it will split into oil and solids.
- Once the cheese is all melted, add and stir in the flour paste, you should see the mixture thicken.
- Just before serving whisk in the Crème Fraiche and chives. Allow to warm back up and transfer to the table to serve over an oil or gel burner to keep it hot.
- Serve with cubes of bread, apples, & pears.
Recipe: Paxton & Whitfield.
Many thanks to Paxton & Whitfield for the recipe and Stilton, and Sainsbury’s for the Apples & Pears and shopping voucher for the remainder of the ingredients.
I am not a big fan of melted stilton but I do like melted cheese so I might steal this idea and go with apples dipped in a baked camembert for a valentine’s supper. Thanks for sharing the apple thing. Much healthier than breadsticks!
I am astonished that I have not thought of dipping apples and pears before. The fruit almost makes the fondue healthy! So delicious!
This looks brilliant. I am a big fan of the apple and cheese thing – our local dining pub does a great cheese and apple gnocchi with watercress but this looks even more greedy!
It was amazing. Come over for fondue any time1
Having eaten your fondue once before, I will gladly take you up on that any time!
Oh, and Hurrah for Jenny Jones!!!!!
The last time I had melted cheese in quantity I came off much the worse for wear, in Paris of all places. Yet this looks so unctuous, I want to dive straight in. Love the pics too.
The quantity was spot on. Any more would have been over the top. So so good.
mmm I love fondue and melted stilton, perhaps a splash of cider would have gone well!
There was some cider in it Heidi, we finished up the bottle alongside the fondue.
I agree, often thinking how I live the sauce but get bored of just dipping bread into it. Apples and pears make a welcome addition and I also love gherkins with fondue! Stilton from Paxton & Whitfield must have been so good,
Gherkins! Now there is a thought.
Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
Quite right, why do you need an excuse to fondue? Yum!!
Does one need an excuse not to fondue I wonder?
Oh you have done it for me Helen. I want to dive in! Fabulous!
I cannot think why we have not had a fondue for quite so long Jac.
have never been skiing but might like to if this is the sort of apres ski food – just my sort of thing
Go for Johanna. This was very very good, and just the perfect quantity.
I’m a big fab of melted cheese but not tried Stilton in a fondue, I’m curious and your pics look lovely so I’m going to try it! X
I adore melted cheese, this was especially delicious!
Sarah, Maison Cupcake
Yum! *digs out fondue set from cellar* Stilton and pears sound fab.
Grab that fondue set Sarah. Ted will love it, Ed was commenting how often they had fondues when he was a child.
Tina @ The Spicy Pear
I love fondue but sadly OH isn’t a fan of cheese. I may have to indulge in your recipe with a friend when he is next out.
Go for it! Any excuse for melted cheese – or make one just for you?
Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry
Looks like what I should have had for lunch instead of my boring soup. Yum.
oh my GOD I have put on a stone just reading this post Helen… AMAZING!!!! I’ve got a fondue set languishing in the outhouse somewhere, and I’m thinking that the winter olympics is a fabulous excuse to get it out!!!! Love the idea of stilton and cider together…
I love fondue, though I particularly like beef fondue! The idea of cheese fondue with fruit rather than bread dippers is quite special though:)
Almost healthy Fiona!
Lou, Eat Your Veg
Stilton & Cider fondue. Now that so has to be good. And paired with apples and pears to cut the edge of the fat even more inspired! My idea of foodie heaven.
It was amazing! So so good.
Franglais kitchen, Nazima
nice combination. Love fondues and this is a perfect romantic meal idea. Lovely pics too. xx
You know you have reminded me that I bought that fondue set at university for a romantic Valentine’s day meal.
Love a good fondue. Don;t think I can have Stilton at the moment but could make it with another creamy cheese and dip in my apples and pears! Tasty xx
Go for it Ren! I was planning a Stilton fondue leftovers blog post – sadly there were no leftovers.
Great idea to use fruit with the fondue, I bet it tastes kinda like a melty ploughmans!
Exactly. A melty ploughman’s is in excellent description.
What a great idea, I love all blue cheeses, but have never had them in fondue
Morgan @ Peaches, Please
You had me at “stilton melted into cider.”
May give this a try it will be my first fondue experience
I am sure you will love it Ursula. It will probably lead to many more fondues.
Wow! This must be a great combo! Love stilton, apples and pears but I would never think of having them that way.
To be honest I would have never of thought of it either – but will always serve cut up fruit with a fondue now.
Becs @ Lay the table
The only thing better than stilton is melted stilton….for a whole meal! YUM
It was dive in good Becs! You should make it!
You put temptation in my way with this one. I made cider and stilton sauce for gnocchi after reading this and am now the size of a small outbuilding, but very happy.
Yum! Nothing like melted cheese!