IPA Fondue

IPA Fondue

In the spirit of reviving a classic, our IPA Fondue recipe is our salute to the 70’s. Because drinking India Pale Ale is every bit as hipster today, as fondue was back then!



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 350ml India Pale Ale, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar


  1. In the included saucepan of the Circulon Symmetry Chocolate 18cm Fondue Set, over medium heat, melt butter and olive oil.
  2. Whisk in flour and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly to make a roux. Roux should be a dark, golden caramel colour.
  3. Slowly add beer and bring to a gentle boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens.
  5. Add Worcestershire, molasses and cayenne, stirring thoroughly.
  6. Add cheese 1 cup at a time, thoroughly melting cheese after each addition.
  7. Whisk fondue until it is smooth and place on the lit fondue stand to serve.
  8. Serve with hearty bread, sweet apples, asparagus and grilled sausages for dipping.

Fondue etiquette

  • The proper method for dipping your bread into the fondue mix is to scrape the bread on the bottom of the pot in a slow zigzag, or figure of eight - that way you not only stir the pot, but also get the full flavour of the cheese.
  • Once you lift your bread out of the fondue mix, allow the excess cheese to drip back into the pot - this prevents wastage and allows it to cool a moment before consuming.
  • It is considered poor taste to double dip or to put the fork/stick directly into your mouth -instead, slide the bread off the fork and onto a side plate to consume.
  • The choice of beverage to complement fondue is white wine or black tea; never water, as it will cause you to feel bloated.

Here’s a few fun rules for your next fondue party:

  • If you lose your bread in the fondue mix, you have to drink a shot of kirsch.
  • If you forget to stir the pot when you dip, you have to properly stir the next piece and serve it to the person on your right.
  • If someone puts their mouth on their fork/stick, they have to kiss the person on their left.
  • Once you’ve eaten most of the fondue mix you will find a film of hardened cheese on the bottom. Referred to as “la religieuse” (French for “the nun”), this is considered to be a treat. Allow the person who has not dropped any bread into the fondue to enjoy it, or break it off and share.


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