Today (8th of December) was a special holiday in Italy: the feast of the immaculate conception. It celebrates the conception of virgin Mary nine months before the nativity on the 8th of September. Besides being a christian tradition, it is also the start of the Italian holiday season, and the day that everyone puts up his Christmas tree. For the Netherlands, this is a bit early, because Sinterklaas had just gone back to Spain, but for me, a lover of the holiday season, this is perfect!
After putting up the Christmas tree we made this perfect winter recipe, cheese fondue! We always use standard cheese fondues packages from the supermarket, but now, having this blog, we decided to make an fondue ourselves with Italian cheeses. I found this nice recipe online with Grana Padano and Mozzarella cheese and it tasted lovely! Because we didn’t bring our fonduepan with us this summer, used something else. I remembered that I once ate a very nice cheesefondue in an Italian restaurant as an appetizer in a small basket of bread. The idea of eating a fondue as an appetizer was a little bit stupid.., but the bread basket was perfect! We used our bread baking machine to make a small white bread, but of course you can also make a bread just using the oven.
300 ml. of dry white wine (vegetable stock), 1 knob of garlic, 2 shallots, 300 g. young cheese (Gouda), 150 g. Grana Padano, 250 g. of Mozzarella, 2 tablespoons of water/Grappa, 2 tablespoons of maizena flour, italian spices such as Oregano, Rosemary and Basil.
Grate the young cheese and Grana Padano and chop the Mozzarella into small parts. Add the wine, chopped garlic and shallots to a large pan and heat it until it cooks. Add the grated cheese to the wine bit by bit and stir it until everything is melted. Mix the water with the maizena flour and Italian spices and add it to the fondue. Keep stirring until the fondue gets thicker.
If you chose to use a (self made) bread, chop off the top of the bread and add the cheese fondue into the bread. Enjoy!