Is cherry brandy the same as Kirsch?
Cherry liqueur is sweetened and can be made with any type of spirit base. Brandy is the most common, so cherry liqueur is often called cherry brandy. Then there's kirsch or kirschwasser, which is an unsweetened eau de vie distilled from cherries. But sometimes kirsch is called cherry brandy.
Kirsch can also be substituted with apple juice or any other fruit juice, except the citrus ones. Black cherry, raspberry, black currant juice or syrups are other alternatives. A kirsch substitute in fondue is white wine, specifically dry white wine. The Swiss recipe uses the same wine to make their fondue.
- Fondue Savoyarde is one of the most famous dishes to come from the Savoie region, which lies at the heart of the French Alps and is home to many of France's most fashionable ski resorts. The food here is rich and hearty—perfect for capping off a day on the slopes.
- The fondue technique for cooking meat uses hot liquid to cook the desired meat to each diner's preference. You skewer a piece of meat and then allow it to cook in the hot liquid until it is done. You can fondue meats using either oil or broth as the cooking liquid.
- Cheese. OBVIOUSLY.
- Bread. Sourdough, rye, pumpkin, ciabatta, garlic.
- Mini meatballs. Whether dipping in cheese or frying in a hot oil fondue, these little balls of goodness pack a mighty punch.
- Steak. Diced steak in a hot oil fondue – eh meh gaaad.
- Vegetable skewers.
- Potato cubes or wedges.
If you are insistent about the cherry flavor, but do not want to use alcohol; try plain cherry juice or syrup or maraschino cherry juice as a substitute for Kirsch. A kirsch substitute in fondue is white wine, specifically dry white wine. The Swiss recipe uses the same wine to make their fondue.
- If the chocolate in your fountain happens to harden, you will have to reheat the fountain to melt the chocolate. You may reuse the chocolate after it has hardened and you may keep any leftovers in a container for future use. Pour the excess chocolate from the fountain bowl into a microwave-safe bowl for later usage.
- Most cheeses can be frozen, but it is important to keep in mind that freezing can affect texture and character. This is why thawed cheeses are best reserved for use in cooking. You can freeze fondue cheeses in their original packaging for up to three months!
- To preserve the quality of your nuts, keep them away from onions and other high-odor foods. They tend to take on the smell of things around them. Store shelled nuts at room temperature for up to three months. Store shelled or unshelled nuts in the refrigerator for up to six months, or in the freezer for a year or more.
Slowly add cubes of Gruyere, Cheddar, and Emmentaler cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Transfer cheese mixture to fondue pot. Keep warm over low flame.
- To melt in a double boiler, place a small amount of water in the bottom pan of a double boiler, the water should not touch the top pot. Place the chocolate chips or melting chocolate in the top pot and start heating. Stir frequently until the chocolate is just melted, turn the heat off and dip away.
- Method 2 Using a Microwave
- Put the chocolate chips into a wide, shallow microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave the chocolate on medium power for 1 minute, then give it a stir.
- Continue heating the chocolate at 10 to 15-second intervals, stirring between each one, until it is almost melted.
- Melt the choc chips in a bowl in the microwave in 20 second intervals. Attempt to stir after each time. Choc can be melted but still hold it's shape. Once it is smooth you can try drizzling with the end of a knife, mixing with a bit of melted butter to make more drippy, of then putting in a bag.
Updated: 3rd October 2019