Pyrex National Baking Week

Homemade Family Time
17th - 23rd
October 2016

Potato Gratin

Sides
0
Cooking time: 
1-2 hours
Serves: 
6
Preparation time: 
15-30 minutes
Ingredients: 
  • 400ml JUST MILK
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • Bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1kg potatoes, such as Desirée or Romano
  • 200ml double cream
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • Salt and cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
Method: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Pour the JUST MILK into a saucepan and add the herbs and crushed garlic. On a medium heat, bring to the boil and leave to simmer for five minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool so that the JUST MILK infuses with the herbs and garlic. Once infused, strain to remove the herbs and pour the milk back into a large heavy-bottomed pan.
  4. Slice the potatoes as thinly as possible. Add them to the milk, separating them as much as possible, and place the pan on a medium heat. Bring the liquid to a simmer, stirring occasionally to stop them from sticking. After a few minutes, when the milk has thickened, add the cream and butter and gently agitate the pan so that everything is mixed in.
  5. Add the salt, cayenne pepper and nutmeg.
  6. Pour the potatoes into a baking dish at least 5cm deep and measuring about 25cm x 15cm, trying to get them as flat as possible. The potatoes should be covered by about ½cm of liquid. A little less is fine, but if there is more liquid than that, do not add it. Tightly cover the dish with kitchen foil and bake in the oven for an hour.  
  7. Just before serving, flash the dish under a hot grill to colour it.