• 1 large cauliflower
  • 300 ml milk
  • 220 g Mature cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 50 g butter
  • 25 g fresh breadcrumbs (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried English mustard (Colman's)
  • nutmeg
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 *If oven baking, pre-heat oven to 225C or 450°F.
  • 2 Trim the cauliflower & break into small florets.
  • 3 Boil in salted water for 10-15 minutes or until just tender.
  • 4 Drain in a colander and then place in a buttered ovenproof baking dish.
  • 5 Add the milk, flour and butter to a saucepan.
  • 6 Heat and whisking with a wire whisk continuously until the sauce thickens, boils and is smooth.
  • 7 Allow to simmer for a further 2 minutes.
  • 8 Add three-quarters of the grated cheese, mustard, a pinch of nutmeg and seasoning.
  • 9 Cook for further minute stirring well.
  • 10 Pour the sauce over the cauliflower.
  • 11 Mix the remaining cheese, and breadcrumbs, if using, together, sprinkle over the top.
  • 12 Place under a hot grill until golden brown, OR, bake in a pre-heated oven 225C/450F for about 15 to 25 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.
  • 13 Serve immediately.