The weather was beautiful all week, but it is turning chillier this weekend. Just in time for Halloween! I wanted to share with you two recipes to warm you up on Halloween, that I am loving this fall. The first, a Pumpkin Fondue would be a great appetizer to serve pre-trick or treating. Being that Halloween falls on a Sunday this year it is a great opportunity to have some neighbors over before you all head out and hit the candy. When you get home, you can kick back, relax and warm up with a nice Hot Apple Toddy. A nice fall twist on an old favorite. Both couldn’t be easier or more tasty!
If you already have a favorite fondue recipe, go ahead and make that, stuff it in the pumpkin and bake it. If not, I am including one for you.
Recipe: Pumpkin Fondue
- 1 small Pumpkin – about 3 lbs.
- 5 oz. Gruyere Cheese – shredded
- 5 oz. Emmental Cheese – shredded
- 1 tbs All Purpose Flour
- 8 oz. White Wine
- 1 Garlic Clove – minced
- 1 tbs Kirsch (Cherry Brandy)
- Freshly Grated Nutmeg – to taste
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper – to taste
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut off the top of the pumpkin, scoop out seeds and clean out the stringy bits.
- Place the pumpkin on an oiled baking sheet and lightly brush the outside with oil.
- In a saucepan, gently heat the cheeses, flour and wine over medium-low heat until the cheese is melted.
- Add in the kirsch, garlic and nutmeg. Season with pepper. Stir until the sauce is smooth.
- Fill fondue in the pumpkin.
- Place the pumpkin top back on and bake in the oven for one hour to one and a half hours.
- Serve with cubes of french bread and apples.
Recipe: Hot Apple Toddy
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 tbs Honey
- 1 slice of Lemon
- 6 oz Apple Cider
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- Gently heat the apple cider in saucepan with the cinnamon stick until it simmers.
- While the cider is heating, place honey, bourbon and lemon slice in the bottom of a mug.
- Pour in heated cider and stir to combine.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve. This makes one serving.
For more entertaining, cooking, and recipe tips from Zareen, check out her blog called Cooking With Z.