A festive twist on a classic fondue recipe. Note that the cheese is shredded and tossed with flour to aid inthickening and to improve the viscosity of the fondue. The fondue should be the consistency of warm honey when completed. Monitor thecheese carefully as it is being added. Not all the cheese may be needed, and, in some cases, more cheese may be needed to reach the perfect consistency.

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups (11 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup hard cider (Strongbow brand recommended)
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped shallots
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons crushed walnuts

Preparation

Step 1

Toss the cheese with the flour in a bowl.

Step 2

Place a metal bowl over a saucepan filled with 2 inches of water. You may also use a conventional double boiler. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.

Step 3

Reduce the heat to medium and pour the hard cider into the bowl. Stir in the shallots, mustard and cranberries using a fork.

Step 4

Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

Step 5

Add half of the cheese and cook until the cheese is melted, stirring constantly.

Step 6

Add the remaining cheese a small amount at a time, stirring constantly in a circular motion after each addition until the cheese is melted. Stir in the pepper

Step 7

Pour into a warm fondue pot and keep warm over low heat. Garnish with the walnuts.