Cheese wedding cake and Irish fondue

Cheese lovers will think they've died and gone to heaven with Richard Corrigan's unusual take on traditional wedding fare
By Richard Corrigan
Cheese wedding cake and Irish fondue
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  • Serves: 4 (the cake will serve many)
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

For the Irish fondue

  • 4 tbsp dry white wine
  • 3 small cloves garlic, crushed
  • 350 g Irish cheese, (such as Gubeen, Durrus and Cooleeney), grated
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • crusty white bread, to serve

For the cheese 'cake'

  • cornish yarg cheese, whole cheese
  • Wigmore cheese, whole cheese
  • Waterloo cheese, whole cheese
  • cream crackers, to serve

To garnish

  • grapes
  • figs
  • apples
  • quince, jelly or paste
  • figs, cake
  • dates
  • pears

Method

1. For the Irish fondue: put all the ingredients into a small saucepan or fondue pot and stir over a low heat until melted. Set aside until ready to serve.

2. For the cheese 'cake': assemble the cheeses in a tower, with the largest on the bottom and the smallest on the top. Garnish with the fruit and crackers.

3. To serve, heat the fondue over a low heat again until the cheese begins to bubble, then transfer the pot to a fondue stove near the assembled 'cake'. Serve the fondue with chunks of crusty white bread, for dipping, and the 'cake' with a variety of crackers.

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