Yotam Ottolenghi's Cauliflower Cake

Serves 6-8
by Gina Hughes

For all of Gina’s notes on this fantastic recipe, head over to her website The Passionate Pantry and see this version of Yotam Ottolenghi's amazing creation.

Like Gina I am a big Yotam fan and managed to visit his restaurant both times I have been in London in recent years and it was not a disappointment. He is kind of my culinary hero so it was great to see his work in more literal action than just reading the pages of a cookbook (of which I have a few!) 

Anyway, give this one a whirl, I am pretty sure it will be all things I always expect of Yottam...delicious, rustically good looking and kind of a no brainer to be on the list again!

Need

  • 150 g parmesan, cut into cubes
  • 1 small cauliflower, washed and cut into florets (approx 1kg)
  • Melted butter for coating the sides of the baking tin
  • Seeds of choice to line the sides of the baking tin (such as nigella seeds or sesame seeds)
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled
  • 60 g Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil olive oil BUY
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only
  • 1/2 Cup fresh basil leaves
  • 150 g spelt flour, or plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp ground turmeric
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Pink Salt Flakes sea salt flakes BUY
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Do

1  

Place parmesan into TM bowl and grate 10 sec/speed 9. Set aside.

2  

Fill TM bowl with water up to the 1L mark. Place the cauliflower florets into the Varoma dish, place Varoma into position and cook cauliflower 15 min/Varoma/speed 1.5.

3  

While cauliflower is cooking, preheat oven to 180ºC fan forced, and place rack in the middle of the oven.

4  

Grease and line the base and sides of a 24cm round cake tin with baking paper, then lightly grease the paper with melted butter. Toss seeds of choice around the inside of the tin so that they evenly coat the sides.

5  

Check cauliflower is cooked by pricking with a fork. If there is still some resistance, cook for a further 5 minutes - the cauliflower should be tender, but not disintegrating.

6  

Set the cauliflower aside in a large bowl to cool off then lightly rinse out the TM bowl.

7  

While cauliflower is cooling, cut four round 3mm thick slices from the top end of the red onion and set aside.

8  

Cut the remainder of the red onion in half and place into TM bowl. Add the oil and rosemary and chop 3 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl and cook 10 min/100ºC/speed 1.

9  

Allow onion to cool a little in the TM bowl for 10 minutes.

10  

Add basil, flour, baking powder, turmeric, parmesan, eggs, salt and pepper to TM bowl and blend 10 sec/speed 6.

11  

Pour the filling mix over the cauliflower florets and lightly stir so that you don’t break up the florets.

12  

Pour the mix into the tin spreading it evenly, then top with the rings of sliced red onion.

13  

Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown and set (a knife inserted into centre should come out clean). Remove from oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving.

14  

Serve with a fresh garden salad.

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Delicious served hot or cold.

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