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This is a great heart warming recipe, and is one easy way to eat one of your 5  a day.  Plus cauliflowers are at their seasonal best round about now.


1 large, creamy-white cauliflower, trimmed and broken into florets
25g butter
25g plain flour
550 ml milk
150g cheddar Cheddar, grated
2 tbsp crème fraîche or double cream
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
25g fine fresh white breadcrumbs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook the cauliflower in boiling water until it is tender but not over-cooked
  2. Grease an oven proof dish and then add the cauliflower
  3. Make the cheese sauce by melting the butter in a sauce-pan.  Add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon to make a paste, but do not allow to go brown or burn
  4. Add the milk a little at a time and keep stirring the mixture
  5. When all the milk is added simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens and is creamy.  Stir regularly to avoid the sauce sticking to the bottom of the pan
  6. Remove from the heat and add the cheese, crème friache and mustard
  7. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower
  8. Mix the breadcrumbs and a handful of cheddar then sprinkle over the top
  9. Bake at 200 C for around half an hour or until browned
  10. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

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