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
Serves 4 to 6.
Toss the cheese with the flour in a bowl. Place a metal bowl over a saucepan pilled with 2 inches of water. You may also use a conventional double broiler. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and pour the hard cider into the bowl. Stir in the shallots, mustard and cranberries using a fork. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
Add half the cheese and cook until the cheese is melted, stirring constantly. 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. Pour into a warm fondue pot and keep warm over low heat. Garnish with the walnuts.
Snickers Bar Fondue
8 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup caramel ice cream topping
2 teaspoons chunky peanut butter
Serves 4 to 6.
Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, stirring constantly; or place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every 30 to 45 seconds. Be careful not to let the chocolate burn. Pour into a warm fondue pot. Add the caramel and peanut butter and stir gently until blended. Keep fondue warm over low heat.