Creating faultless fondue at home has never been easier with stellar products and tips from Total Food Equipment.
Quality cheese or chocolate is paramount when creating the ultimate fondue. And, although a fondue set is a great way to serve and share the experience, it’s easier to manage by melting the ingredients first on the stove.
Don’t rush the melting process. Whether you’re using cheese or chocolate, melt it over a low heat in large blocks, rather than grating it – for a smooth, creamy texture without lumps.
Mix and match different cheeses. The more you combine, the more interesting the flavour. And, don’t be afraid to add in some old cheeses that have been sitting around, as it’s a great way to get rid of scraps while adding the flavour of cheeses that have matured and become sharper with age.
Add interest to cheeses with herbs and spices. Throw in a sprig of fresh thyme, grated raw garlic or a pinch of cayenne, paprika, nutmeg or white pepper. Introduce sautéed leeks, sweet pimiento, smoked salt or chives to create a richer flavour. And, for chocolate, add in liqueurs or flavoured syrups like hazelnut or vanilla bean.
Experiment with various types of breads. Think outside the box and go beyond the plain baguette. Try loaves of fruit and nut breads from your local artisan bakery. Walnut bread is especially yummy and works equally well with cheese as with chocolate.
Make it easy on your guests by chopping up morsels into bite-sized chunks that can be eaten in one or two mouthfuls. Marshmallows and tiny cookies make great pairings with chocolate, and fruit works well for both. A great tip to prevent fruit browning is to brush with lemon juice once chopped.
And, of course, no fondue experience is complete without a great bottle of wine or glass of craft beer. Visit your wine and craft beer merchant for the best pairings with cheese and chocolate.
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