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21 December 2012,03:42 by
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MACARONI CHEESE

Serves :
4

Preparation Time :
20 minutes

Cooking Time :
35 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Preheat oven to moderate 180°C.
  • Place milk and cream in a medium pan with bay leaf, clove and cinnamon stick. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat.
  • Allow to stand for 12 minutes. Strain into a jug; remove and discard flavourings.
  • Melt butter in a medium pan. Add flour; stir over low heat 1 minute. Remove from heat. Gradually add milk and cream mixture, stir until smooth.
  • Return to heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce boils and thickens. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add cheddar cheese, parmesan and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Add macaroni to a large pan of rapidly boiling water and cook until just tender. Drain well and return to pan. Add sauce and mix well.
  • Spoon into a deep casserole dish. Sprinkle with combined breadcrumbs, bacon and remaining cheeses. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Serve.

INGREDIENTS

  • 425 ml milk
  • 250 ml thickened or pouring cream
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 whole clove
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 60 grams butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 250 grams freshly grated cheddar cheese 
  • 100 grams freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
  • 375 grams elbow macaroni
  • 250 grams fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 rashers rind less bacon, chopped and fried until crisp

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