British Mac and Cheese

Last September, my daughter (Melissa) and I took our first trip together to London. What a delight to discover The Henry Root Cafe in Chelsea with my dear friend, May Wong and her famous cockapoo Darcy.

William Donaldson (1935-2005),  an English satirist, created the fictitious Henry Root who wrote and published outlandish letters and requests to public figures along with their replies. Since Melissa absolutely enjoyed Henry Root’s  delicious Mac and Cheese, I  had to request the recipe and try this at home.The challenge was converting Mls  and Grams to cups.   Thank goodness for Google and metric conversion charts!

Here is the recipe along with  some fun photos to enjoy as you prepare some British Mac and Cheese.

Henry Root Mac N Cheese (makes 10 portions!)
2000 ml Milk – simmer and infuse with thyme and garlic
200g Butter and 200g flour –  melt butter and add flour, cook for 2 mins.
Slowly pour milk into flour and butter mix
Add parmesan, salt and pepper to taste
Add couple of drops of truffle oil
Add 1 kg of cooked macaroni to finish
Then put it in the oven to brown the top slightly
Ok.  Here are some tips along with conversion charts.
Note: 2000 Mls is roughly equal to a quart of milk.  200 g is a little under one cup, 2 sticks of butter.
As you know, I am not a professional home chef, so I have to improvise.  I used a tea pot infuser.

As you know, I am not a professional home chef, so I have to improvise. I used a tea pot infuser.

Make it cheesy!  So much of the flavor comes from the Parmigiano Reggiano.  It is definitely worth the splurge!
This is a fun grater!

This is a fun grater!

Set some of this delicious cheese aside and sprinkle it along with Panko break crumbs atop the Mac N Cheese before putting it in the oven.

Voila!  Bitish Mac N Cheese!

Voila! British Mac N Cheese!

Please let me know if you try this recipe or have any questions about it.  Also, please share some of your favorite recipes for Mac and Cheese.

Savor the day!

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