- knob butter, for greasing
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 1kg waxy potato, such as Desirée
The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…
- 150ml full-fat milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
- 142ml carton double cream
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and halved
- 2 sprigs thyme
This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…
- pinch freshly ground nutmeg
One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
- 25g parmesan, freshly grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 4. Line an 20cm (8 inch) square tin with greaseproof paper, making sure there are no holes for the liquid to seep through, then butter the paper. Peel and slice the potatoes to the width of a £1 coin and pat dry.
Pour the milk and cream into a pan, then add the garlic and thyme. Heat to boiling point, cool a little and strain into a jug. Sprinkle with nutmeg and keep warm. You can prepare this in advance and reheat.
Layer half the potatoes in the tin, overlapping the slices, sprinkling each layer with a little salt and pepper. Pour over half the liquid and finish layering, then add the rest of the liquid and scatter over the cheese. Bake for 1-1¼ hrs until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden. Leave to stand for 5 mins, then cut into 6 portions and serve.
Make aheadCook in advance, then slice it into 6 portions and keep in the fridge. Reheat to serve.