Tasty Blacksticks Blue & Cauliflower Flan

After the indulgence of Christmas and New Year, with food piled high for every meal, this tasty Blacksticks Blue and cauliflower flan is the perfect way to excite your tastebuds (and your veg!), while using up those leftovers in the fridge. Serves 4-6.


  • 100g / 4 oz butter
  • 170g / 6 oz flour, plus 2 level tbsp
  • ¼ level tsp salt
  • 450g / 1 lb cauliflower florets
  • 225g / 8 oz onions, skinned and chopped
  • 200ml / 7 fl oz milk
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 125g / 4 ½ oz Blacksticks Blue cheese, crumbled
  • 25g / 1oz English Cheddar cheese, grated


  1. Rub 75g (3oz) butter into 170g (6oz) flour and salt. Bind to a dough with a little water. Chill in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.

  2. Roll out the pastry and use to line a 23 cm (9 inch) flan dish or ring placed on a baking sheet. Chill again for 10 -15 minutes, then bake in the oven at 200c (400°F) mark 6 for 10 -15 minutes until set.

  3. Cook the cauliflower florets in a saucepan of boiling salted water for 4 - 5 minutes until just tender. Drain well and cool.

  4. Melt remaining butter in a pan, sauté the onion until soft, then stir in the 2 level tbsp flour and cook gently for 2 minutes, stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir in the milk. Bring to the boil and continue to cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens, then add pepper to taste.

  5. Sprinkle the crumbled Blacksticks Blue cheese evenly over the base of the flan. Arrange the cauliflower on top. Spoon over the onion sauce and sprinkle with the Cheddar cheese.

  6. Bake in the oven at 190°C (375°F) mark 5 for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbly. Serve hot.