This is a delicately flavoured and delicious pudding, which is nevertheless very substantial. It is a great comfort food for anybody but is particularly good for old people, convalescing invalids and children as it has a very slippery texture.
Heat the milk to boiling point. Beat the egg yolks in an enamelled or other flameproof non-aluminium bowl with about half the sugar, the cornflour, a pinch of cinnamon and salt. Mix carefully together, adding the milk a little at a time. Stir this mixture into a smooth, thick cream over a very low heat.
When the cornflour has thickened completely, pour the cream out on to an ovenproof dish so that it is
Scatter the Parmesan cheese, a pinch or cinnamon and the remaining sugar over the top and drizzle with the melted butter. Bake in a moderate oven (180°C, 350°F, gas mark 4) for 10 minutes. Leave to rest, out of the oven, for a further 10 minutes before cutting into cubes to serve.
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