Sauce & Pickle Recipes > B├ęchamel Sauce

How to make B├ęchamel sauce:
A classic sauce recipe. If you can make an ordinary white sauce you can certainly make this!


1 1/2 pints milk
1 small onion
cayenne pepper
1 fresh bouquet garni
12 pepper corns
4 tablespoons butter
grated nutmeg to taste
mace to taste
1 1/2 heaped tablespoons flour
(see measure conversions for more information)


- Put the onion, peppercorns, bouquet garni, mace and nutmeg into a little bit of muslin and tie it with clean, white string.
- Heat the milk with the muslin bag in it.
- Remove from heat and leave to stand for 15 minutes.
- Remove the muslin bag.
- Over a gentle heat in a heavy bottomed saucepan mix the flour and butter together (to make a roux).
- Very gradually add the milk then whisk and bring to the boil.
- Boil gently for 10 minutes, whisking all the time.
- Pass through a sieve and serve.