Savoury Waffle Sticks with Cheesy fondue

Something for the Grown Ups…: Savoury Waffle Sticks with Cheesy fondue.

This cheesy fondue can be made in a traditional fondue pot and the waffles are used
instead of French bread for dipping. If you don’t have a fondue pot, it can be made
in a saucepan but it will be go stringy when it cools, but a burst in the microwave
will make it smooth again.

Makes 36 waffle sticks

What you will need…

• 200g plain flour

• 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley

• 70g freshly grated parmesan cheese

• 1 ¾ tsp baking powder

• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

• ½ tsp cayenne pepper

• ¼ tsp salt

• 330ml milk

• 2 large eggs, room temperature

• 35g butter, melted

• 2 tsp Dijon mustard

• Small amount of vegetable oil for greasing

Cheesy fondue

• 1 garlic clove

• 165ml beer

• 100g grated mature cheddar cheese

• 100g grated emmental cheese

• 1 tbsp cornflour, mixed with a little water

How to make them….

1. Combine the flour, parsley, parmesan cheese, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda,
cayenne pepper and salt in a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine
the ingredients. In a separate bowl combine the milk, eggs, melted butter,
and mustard and whisk thoroughly. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients
and fold together ensuring all the dry ingredients and mixed in.

2. Brush the plates of the Waffle Stick Maker with vegetable oil and heat until
the green light appears. Pour approximately 1 measuring cup of batter over
the plates from one side to the other and using a knife very carefully spread
the batter over the plates making sure the batter fills all the moulds, do not overfill
otherwise the machine will pop open.

3. Bake the waffle sticks for 2 – 3 minutes, the waffles should be golden and crispy.
Remove the waffles from the machine and place them on a wire rack or to keep
them crispy in a low oven directly on the oven shelf. Repeat the process above
for the remaining batter mix; stir the mixture before adding to the machine
to re-distribute the cheese through the mixture.

4. To make the cheesy fondue, cut the garlic clove in half and rub the cut side around
the fondue pot or saucepan.

5. Add the beer and bring to the boil, add the cheese a little at a time ensuring
it is melted before adding more. When all the cheese has been added mix
the cornflour with a little water and add this to the pot, stirring well until the mixture
is smooth and evenly mixed.

6. Keep the fondue warm if possible. If cooking in a saucepan, keep it on a very very
low heat until ready to serve and stir frequently. Decant into a small serving bowl,
if the fondue goes cold, reheat it in the microwave until hot and stringy againbowl with nutty waffle sticks for dippingon cooling.

We used the Waffle Stick Maker by www.lakeland.co.uk which is great quality as well as stylish with its pink colour. It’s an ideal present for a housewife and beyond. This is a recipe you can make with the kids.

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