Ploughdue (Ploughman’s fondue)

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
less than 10 mins

Serves 4

From Hairy Bikers' Best of British


For dipping

  • small pickled onions, drained
  • cubes of crusty bread, such as sour dough, baguette, wholegrain or rye
  • cherry tomatoes, radishes, celery batons, baby gem lettuce leaves, spring onions
  • farmhouse pickle

For the fondue

  • 250g/9oz mature cheddar, grated
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • 200ml/7fl oz pale ale


  1. Arrange all the dipping ingredients on a large platter or wooden board. Put the pickle in a small wide dish.

  2. In a bowl, combine the grated cheddar with the cornflour and mustard powder and toss well together.

  3. Rub the garlic clove vigorously around the inside of a saucepan – a cast iron saucepan is ideal – or a fondue pot. Pour the beer into the saucepan and bring to a very gentle simmer over a low heat.

  4. Add the cheese, one handful at a time, stirring well and allowing it to melt before adding more. It is important to keep stirring once the cheese is added.

  5. Simmer gently for three minutes, stirring constantly until the fondue looks smooth and glossy. Add a little extra ale if the cheese mixture is any thicker than a pourable custard. Transfer to a burner and keep warm while the fondue is served.

  6. Dip the pickled onions, bread and vegetables into the melted cheese to serve. Don’t double dip! Add a little pickle to each serving if you like. (If the cheese thickens a little too much while being served, add a tablespoon or two of just-boiled water and stir well.)

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