- 1 whole squash or pumpkin - choose a size to match the number of people you want to feed
Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween…
- small roasted or boiled potatoes, to serve
The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…
- crusty bread, to serve
- breadsticks, to serve
- chicory leaves, to serve
Also known as endive, chicory is a forced crop, grown in complete darkness, which accounts for…
For 300ml of fondue
- 100g emmental, grated
- 100g Gruyère, grated
Gruyère is an undoubted pinnacle of traditional Swiss cheese-making, a culinary masterpiece as…
- 100g mature cheddar, grated
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 100g crème fraîche
- 2 tbsp white wine
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Start to prepare your pumpkin as you would for carving: cut off a ‘lid’ and scoop out all the seeds and membranes. Put the lid back on and sit the whole pumpkin on a sturdy baking tray. Bake following our size guide (see 'Tip', below left).
Mix the grated cheeses with the cornflour until completely coated and no excess flour remains. Remove the pumpkin from the oven, discard the lid (or scrape off the roasted flesh and save for the Squidgy pumpkin & ginger loaf, see 'Goes well with') and increase the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Layer up the cheese, crème fraîche, white wine, shallot and garlic inside the pumpkin. Lift back into the oven and bake for 30 mins or until the fondue is melted and bubbling. Eat with spoons, scooping out chunks of soft, roasted pumpkin with the melted cheese.
Baking whole squashes & pumpkins
Anything larger than these measurements will take the same amount of time as the largest below, since once squashes and pumpkins reach a certain size, the cavities tend to increase proportionally – so the thickness of flesh remains roughly the same. Munchkins: 30 mins. 1kg/2lb 4oz squashes & pumpkins: about 1 hr. 1.5kg/3lb 5oz: about 1hr 30mins.