Baked pumpkin fondue
- Preparation and cooking time
- Cook: -
- Serves as many as you like
Feed a crowd on Bonfire night or Halloween by roasting a whole pumpkin or squash and filling with a bubbling three cheese fondue
For 300ml of fondue
- STEP 1
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).
- STEP 2
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.