Appenzeller Cider Fondue
When your party includes children or nondrinkers, use regular apple cider or apple juice in place of hard cider. If you want the flavor of alcohol without the kick, use a mixture of half apple juice, half alcohol-free white wine.
In a saucepan over medium heat, bring cider to a simmer. Add shredded cheese in 4 batches, stirring in a figure-eight motion until each batch is melted.
Add nutmeg or cinnamon and pepper.
Dissolve cornstarch in Kirsch. Heat fondue until bubbly and stir in cornstarch mixture. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
Pour mixture into a fondue pot and keep warm over low heat.
Serve fondue with challah and sunflower seed bread.
This is a semi-soft, slightly acidic cow's milk cheese with a high fat content. Remove the dull yellow rind before melting.