Cauliflower with apple, raisin and cheddar

4
60 minutes

Ingredients

Butter-poached cauliflower

  • 1 cauliflower, cut into florets then each floret halved lengthways
  • 200g of butter, plus extra for frying
  • 1 pinch of salt

Raisin purée

  • 200g of raisins
  • 20g of capers
  • 100g of water
  • 100g of port
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Apple gel

  • 300g of fresh apple juice
  • 6g of agar agar
  • 1/2 lemon, zest only

Apple batons

  • 4 large green apples
  • 100ml of fresh apple juice
  • 1 tsp ascorbic acid

Roasted cauliflower purée

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 200g of butter
  • 300g of vegetable stock
  • 70g of mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 pinch of salt

To serve

  • 100g of mature cheddar, finely grated
  • micro cress, to garnish

Method

1
First make a beurre noisette to cook the cauliflower florets. Place the butter in a small pan and set over a medium heat. Cook until the butter begins to brown and smell nutty, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly
  • 200g of butter
2
Preheat a water bath to 85°C
3
Place the cauliflower florets in a vacuum bag and pour in the brown butter. Add a pinch of salt and mix everything together in the bag, ensuring the cauliflower is fully coated in the butter. Seal the bag, then cook in the water bath for 35 minutes
  • 1 cauliflower, cut into florets then each floret halved lengthways
  • 1 pinch of salt
4
Meanwhile, make the raisin purée. Place all the ingredients in a pan over a medium heat, then cover the pan with cling film and leave to gently simmer for 20 minutes
  • 200g of raisins
  • 20g of capers
  • 100g of water
  • 100g of port
  • 1 bay leaf
5
In a separate pan, bring the apple juice for the gel to the boil. Whisk in the agar agar and continue to whisk for a further 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest, then pour the mixture into a deep baking tray to form a thin layer
  • 300g of fresh apple juice
  • 6g of agar agar
  • 1/2 lemon, zest only
6
Allow to set in the fridge for 5–10 minutes, then roughly chop into pieces and add to a blender. Blitz to form a smooth gel, then transfer to a piping bag until ready to serve
7
Remove the cooked raisin purée mixture from the heat and pour into a blender, discarding the bay leaf. Blitz until smooth, then season to taste and transfer to a piping bag until required
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
8
Remove the cooked cauliflower from the water bath and reduce the temperature to 76°C. Set the cauliflower aside, still in its bag, until ready to serve
9
Slice off the tops and bottoms off each apple to create flat edges. Use an apple corer to cut out cylindrical batons from the flesh
  • 4 large green apples
10
Measure the apple juice into a jug then mix in the ascorbic acid. Pour into a vacuum bag and add the apple batons. Seal and cook in the water bath for 6 minutes
  • 100ml of fresh apple juice
  • 1 tsp ascorbic acid
11
Once cooked, remove the apple from the water bath and drain the batons from the bag. Chill in a bowl of iced water, setting aside until ready to serve
12
To make the cauliflower purée, break the cauliflower into florets and add to a food processor. Blitz briefly until the cauliflower is roughly shredded – or, alternatively, shred and chop the cauliflower roughly by hand – then set aside
  • 1 cauliflower
13
Add the butter to a heavy-bottomed pan and place over a medium heat. Once the butter begins to foam, add the shredded cauliflower and a pinch of salt. Turn the heat up high and continue to cook, stirring regularly, until the cauliflower starts to colour
  • 200g of butter
  • 1 pinch of salt
14
Pour in the vegetable stock and bring everything up to the boil. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, or until the stock has reduced by about three-quarters
  • 300g of vegetable stock
15
Stir through the grated cheddar until melted into the mixture, then transfer everything to a blender and blitz to form a smooth purée. Adjust the seasoning to taste, then transfer the purée to a clean pan and keep warm until ready to serve
  • 70g of mature cheddar, grated
16
To finish the poached cauliflower, add a little butter to a large frying pan and place over a high heat. Once hot, drain the cauliflower florets from the brown butter and add to the pan. Fry for a few minutes until golden and crisp at the edges
17
To serve, spoon a little of the warm cauliflower purée on to each plate and pipe dots of both the raisin purée and apple gel around it. Divide the pan-roasted cauliflower florets and apple batons between the plates, then sprinkle over a little grated cheddar and a few cress leaves to garnish
  • 100g of mature cheddar, finely grated
  • micro cress, to garnish