Heston Blumenthal's perfect cauliflower cheese (TM)

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I love cauliflower cheese and this one is probably the best I have ever made.

Heston Blumenthal's perfect cauliflower cheese (TM)
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:429
Ready in:13 hours
Prep. time:12 hours 25 minutes
Cook time:35 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:27th October 2012

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Mise en place

  • Add the sugar and vinegar to the bowl and set the TM to 100°.
  • Once it has reached this temperature, pour the mixture over one third of the cauliflower.
  • Allow to cool somewhat and leave in the fridge overnight.


  1. The next day, grate the cheese for cooking and topping separately in the TM and coat the cooking cheese in the cornflour (I used Gruyere for cooking and a mixture of that and mature Cheddar for the topping) and set aside.
  2. Put one third of the cauliflower into the internal steaming basket with the vegetable stock and water 16 minutes / Temp. Varoma / Speed 1.
  3. Meanwhile, deep fry the remaining third of the cauliflower at 180º C until golden brown.
  4. Drain the cauliflower on kitchen paper and deep fry the garlic until golden brown, but make sure it doesn't burn.
  5. Remove the steamed cauliflower (keep the liquid), mix with the others and place in a baking dish or casserole.
  6. Reduce the stock / water mix to 200ml 18 minutes / Temp. Varoma / Speed 1 and leave in the bowl.
  7. Preheat the grill to high.
  8. Add the wine, cornfloured cheese, butter and the fried garlic to the TM bowl with the butter 5 minutes/ 90º / Speed 4.
  9. Add the cream cheese and cook at the same setting for a further 1 minute.
  10. Process 15 seconds / Speed 5-10 progressively, so that the garlic is well pulverised.
  11. Mix the sauce with the cauliflower, sprinkle over the grated chase and grill for several minutes.

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Chef's notes

The timings for the reduction of the wine and stock may vary as it will depend on the temperature of your kitchen and the ingredients.

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