Creamy potato and butternut cake

Great for dinner parties or a bit of comfort food.
 
recipes baking vegetarian

Recipe from: January 2012
Preparation time: 20 min
Cooking time: 1h 10 min
 
 

Ingredients

 
  • 2
    kg
    potatoes
  • 1
    small butternut
  • 250
    ml
    cream - half for the layers and half for the topping
  • 250
    ml
    grated Parmesan
  • A nugget of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 100
    g
    butter
Servings: Change Serving
 
 

Method

 
Preheat oven to 180°C. Wash the potatoes, but leave the skins on.Use a mandolin or very sharp knife and cut the potatoes and butternut in very thin slices, like you would do for a potato bake. Do all this over or in a bowl of water so that all the starch can rinse off the potatoes.

When you are done, dry the vegetable slices in a salad spinner or a dry cloth and begin layering your cake. Use a spring form pan otherwise it will be hard to get the cake from the pan. Alternatively, use a pie dish and just make a pie. Butter the pan or spray with non-stick spray. Pack a layer of potatoes in the bottom of the pan; making sure the potatoes overlap with each other.

Sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt, a grinding of nutmeg and some black pepper. Do another two layers of potatoes the same way and then do a layer of butternut. Every third layer or so, drizzle some of your cream over the vegetables, I'd say about 1 tablespoon. Repeat the layer until the pan is full. Halfway though use your hands and compress the vegetables.When the pan is full and you are sure that there is no more space, cover the cake with foil and place in oven.

In fact I place some foil over the bottom of the pan too, just in case some of the cream leaks out. Place a heavy oven proof plate or some river stones on the foil to compress the cake while it bakes. Bake for about an hour, test with a knife and bake more if necessary. Once the vegetables are cooked, beat the remaining cream and mix with the grated Parmesan. Spoon over the top of the cake and bake for another 10 minutes to form a gratin topping.

Remove from the oven, rest for a few minutes and remove the spring form pan if you used one. Serve slices of this with some rustic onion rings and a salad of baby spinach and a light vinaigrette.

Reprinted with permission of My Easy Cooking.

To visit My Easy Cooking’s blog, click here.


 

Read more on: starch  |  vegetarian  |  recipes
 

NEXT ON FOOD24X

63°c Egg

2014-10-30 11:21
 
 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Tip of the day

 
Softening pears
Some pears come to market rock hard, but if left at room temperature they will soften. Tucking them into a sealed paper bag with a banana speeds the process.
 

Find a recipe

 
 
 

Inside Food24

 
 
 
 
 
/Food

Instagram: @Food24_sa

 
 
 

Restaurants

 
Molten Toffee in Cape Town

A trendy and hip coffee and juice bar bringing together coffee, people and music.

 

Find a restaurant

 
 
 

Jobs - Find your dream job

Operations Manager

East Rand
Network Finance Sunninghill
R600 000 - R670 000 Per Year

Business Analyst

Midrand
Network Finance Sunninghill
R300 000 - R360 000 Per Year

Financial Manager

Johannesburg CBD
Network Finance Corporate
R700 000 - R800 000 Per Year

Property - Find a new home

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown.Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Dolce Gusto coffee makers

Add an edge to your kitchen collection with Dolce Gusto’s awesome range of coffee makers. Shop now!

Save up to R800 on appliances

As seen in the catalogue – get mind blowing low prices on appliances. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Top 20 health books for 2014

Start eating and living a healthy lifestyle using guidelines and tips from these top health cookbooks. Shop now!

Jamie Oliver homeware

Knife sets, blenders, steamers, frying pans and so much more. Shop now!
 
 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.