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How to cook Leek and Cauliflower Cobbler

Leek and cauliflower cobbler

In this dish the lightly cooked vegetables retain a good crisp texture, the sauce is easy to prepare, and the scone topping provides a tasty and wholesome finish.


  • 10ml (2 tsp) sunflower oil

  • 1 medium leek, diced

  • 450g (1 lb) cauliflower, divided into florets

  • For the sauce

  • 15g (1/2 oz) margarine

  • 15ml (1 tbsp) whole wheat flour

  • 300ml (1/2 pint) skimmed milk

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) grated nutmeg

  • 5ml (1 tsp) mustard powder

  • For the topping

  • 75g (3 oz) whole wheat flour

  • 75g ((3 oz) cornmeal

  • 7.5ml (1.5 tsp) baking powder

  • 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) salt

  • 5ml (1 tsp) caraway seeds

  • 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) mustard powder

  • 1 egg

  • 150ml (1/4 pint) milk

  • 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil

  • 50g (2 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated


  1. Put the oil in a medium dish and cook for 1 min. 600W (30 secs. 700W. 1 min. 500W). Add the leek and cauliflower, cover and cook for 4 mins. 600W (3 mins. 700W; 5 mins. 500W). Leave to stand.

  2. For the sauce, put the margarine in a 600m1 (1 pint) jug and cook for 1 min. 600W (30 secs. 700W; 1 min 500W). Add the flour and cook for 30 secs. Pour in the milk, stirring well. Add the bay leaf and spices then cook for 2 mins. 600W (1.5 mins. 700W; 2.5mins. 500W), stirring every 30 secs. Season well, then mix into the vegetables.

  3. For the topping, mix the whole wheat flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and spices together.

  4. In a separate jug, beat the egg thoroughly, then add the milk and olive oil. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix to a stiff dough. Add the cheese. Roll out the dough and cut into 2.5cm (1 in) rounds about 1cm (1/2 in) deep.

  5. Put the vegetables and sauce in a medium dish and cover with the scone rounds. Cook for 5 mins 600W (4 mins. 700W; 6 mins. 500W), then brown under a preheated conventional grill.

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