Fontina Key facts Made in the Alps, in Italy's Aosta valley, since the 12th century, Fontina is a wonderful cheese for hearty Alpine cooking, due to its magnificent melting quality. If you can't find it, substitute Gruyere, Emmental, Taleggio, Edam or Beaufort.

This is the most amazing cheese for the kitchen: it’s sweet and rich with a slightly nutty flavour, and its great virtue is that it melts instantly and obediently when you cook with it, and then goes on melting seductively in your mouth.

I like to put small cubes of fontina in pumpkin soup, which gives it melting creaminess and a lovely stretchy appearance when you lift your spoon.

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