Basic white sauce

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Basic white sauce
Basic white sauce
Bechamel sauce, with cheese, pouring over vegetables
Servings:Serves 4 - Makes ½ pint (300 ml) sauce
Calories per serving:69
Ready in:15 minutes
Prep. time:5 minutes
Cook time:10 minutes
Difficulty:Easy
Recipe author:Chef
First published:31st January 2013
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Also known as Béchamel sauce

This is your starting point for many sauces.


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Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sifted plain flour
  • ½ pint (300 ml) cold milk or half milk, half stock

Method

  1. Gently melt the butter in a pan. Don't burn it
  2. Add all of the sifted flour
  3. Mix the flour and butter until it becomes a paste
  4. Turn to a medium heat and gradually add all the milk, whisking constantly
  5. Ensure none of the sauce is stuck to the bottom of the pan
  6. Whisk gently until the sauce starts to bubble
  7. Reduce to a very low heat and cook for 5 minutes

Chef's tip

The key to a perfect sauce is to keep whisking until all of the milk has been added and there are no lumps

Variations

This white sauce is used as a base for many different sauces, including:

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