This whole baked cauliflower recipe makes such a great, flavorful dish. You could easily use this as the main vegetable with your meal. It is easy to do and very tender.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Grease a glass pie plate or oven proof baking vessel that is large enough to hold the cauliflower with a little butter.
Use a large deep pot. Pour in the vegetable stock and water,along with the olive oil, salt, lemon juice, butter, sugar, cumin and bay leaves.
Bring to a boil and once boiling place the cauliflower head into the pot and cover.
Lower the heat and just simmer the cauliflower for 15 minutes or until a knife can easily be inserted into the center of the cauliflower.
Carefully lift the cauliflower out of the pot with a large slotted spoon and place it onto the prepared baking dish.
Bake for 30-40 minutes. You want to brown the top. If it is browning too quickly, tent with aluminum foil.
While it is baking make the lemon thyme vinaigrette.
In a measuring cup or small bowl, stir together the lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, and salt.
When the cooking time is up, remove from the oven and use a silicone pastry brush to paint the vinaigrette on while the cauliflower is still hot.