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Old Fashioned Fish Bake

1 lb (450-675 grams) of smoked cod (up to 1. 5)
1 oz (30g) butter
2 Leeks; thinly sliced
1 oz (30g) of flour
1/2 pt (300mls) milk
2 tb Cream
Freshly milled black pepper
1 Bayleaf
Chopped parsley
1 oz (30g) of grated cheddar cheese

Generously grease a pie dish with butter, remove all bones from fish and cut in portions, place in pie dish. Melt butter in a saucepan, add leeks, cook gently for two minutes. Add in flour and cook for one minute. Which in milk and cream. Bring to the boil. Pour sauce over fish, add bayleaf. Cover and bake in a fairly moderate oven 350 degrees F (180c) (Gas 4) for 25 minutes: Remove cover, sprinkle cheese over the fish and return to the oven to brown. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Serve with boiled potatoes and lemon-buttered carrots.

You can substitute smoked haddock or smoked coley in place of cod.

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