Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cauliflower Cake

Today in Oklahoma we are having blizzard conditions. Jim 
and I are home from work.......and of course,  I'm spending my 
day putting around in the kitchen.

I've been looking at this recipe on the Guardian website for 
a couple of months.  If you haven't heard of the Guardian, it's a
British daily newspaper.  In the food and drink section they 
have some really exciting chefs with really wonderful ideas.   I love 
their website because they have some unique things I might not
regularly think to make,  like this Cauliflower Cake by Yotam 
Ottolenghi.  Ottolenghi's motto is that their food is "familiar and 
straight forward,yet highly innovate".  So true.....

Think of this cake as a crust-less quiche or it even reminds me of
 the Spanish omelette I made a few weeks ago.  It's quite heavy and 
dense and reminded Jim of cornbread.  The rosemary and basil
infuse the egg mixture and give the cake a rich mellow flavor.  This 
would be really fun to adapt to different herbs and maybe even of 
some meat.  I might make it next time with Thyme and some grilled

 Cauliflower Cake

Adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi

(printable copy)

1 medium cauliflower
1 large red onion
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
10 eggs
basil, a good handful chopped
1 1/2 cups plain flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 cups parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
butter (for greasing sides of pan)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Break the cauliflower into medium
florets, put them in a pot with a teaspoon of salt, cover with water

and simmer for 15 minutes, until quite soft. Strain, and leave in the

colander for a few minutes to get rid of all the water.

While the cauliflower’s cooking, prepare the batter. Cut a few thin
rings off one end of the onion and set aside (these will go on top
of the cake); coarsely chop the rest of the onion. 

Heat the oil in a pan and on a low heat sauté the chopped onion 

and rosemary until soft and transparent.. Remove from the heat, 

let cool down, add the eggs and basil, and whisk.
Sift the flour, baking powder and turmeric into a large bowl, and add
 the parmesan, one and a half teaspoons of salt and plenty of black
pepper. Add to the egg mix and whisk to eliminate lumps. Add the
cauliflower and stir gently, trying to keep some florets whole.
Use baking parchment to line the bottom of a 9-inch round 
spring-form pan. Brush the sides with butter, put in the sesame seeds and toss 
them around so they stick to the sides. Pour the cauliflower mix in 
and arrange the onion rings on top.
Bake the cake in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes, until golden
brown and set. Serve just warm or at room temperature.
Yield:  6-8 servings

Cauliflower cake would be perfect to take on a picnic with a 
good bottle of wine.  Funny how I'm thinking of a picnic by the
lake on the coldest day we have had so far this year.  Oh well......
I can at least dream of green grass, warmth and sunshine.........


  1. How interesting! I'd definitely work in some Applewood Bacon or Smoked Ham and maybe substitute shredded Cheddar for another twist. Honestly, there's so much you can do with this great recipe...thanks for sharing!

    Stay warm and safe!


  2. When I read the title my first thought was "no since reading that, I know I won't have anything positive to say" all the time envisioning pound cake with cauiflower. Well since it was you, I decided to read it and I believe I could really enjoy it - it looks super good. Hope the storm leaves you ok.

  3. Thanks for trusting me Larry! ;)

  4. This sounded rather odd, but it looks like it would be pretty yummy! May have to give this one a try sometime.

  5. You have such unique recipes here! I love browsing through them all :)

    I'm stopping by to let you know that you're featured on my blog tonight! Congratulations!

  6. This looks so yummy!! I think my son will love this. I'm following from BHSJW..thanks for the follow!

  7. Hi there! Just wanted to thank you for following my blog. I really appreciate it!

    Oh my word, this Cauliflower Cake looks delicious... I've never heard of anything like it. I'm quite intrigued and might have to test it out!

    Well, I'm a new blog follower by the way, and I'll catch ya around!
    ~ Tarissa

  8. this cake sounds so interesting...a must try.
    thanks for the follow, this is me following you back.

    kari over at glory revealed....

  9. Hi! That looks delicious! I've never heard of cauliflower cake before, but now I want to try making it.

    By the way, I was born and raised in Oklahoma. :)

    New follower!


  10. This looks so Yummy!! Stopping in to say Hi from the blog hop, I have been a follower for a while : )
    Looking forward to your recipes.

  11. It looks delish! I am definitely going to have to try it. Thanks for visiting my blog! Following you back!

  12. This is really unique and yours turned out fabulous. Thanks so much for paying me a visit and joining in my blog. Will be back to explore your lovely space. Have a great weekend dear!



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