Basic White Sauce Recipe

Basic White Sauce (sauce Béchamel) Recipes

Ingredients :

2.25 oz butter

4.5 tbsp flour

3/4 pint cold milk or stock

salt and pepper to taste

Method :

Melt the butter and mix in the flour over a low heat. Allow to cook for about 2 minutes, stirring all the time. Do not let it color. Pour in all the cold milk or stock and beat vigorously over a high heat. When it boils, turn down the heat and boil gently for 4 minutes, beating all the time. Season to taste.

Note: The amounts of flour and butter can be altered for various thicknesses of sauce:


3/4 oz butter

4.5 tsp flour

3/4 pint liquid for a thin sauce;

1.5 oz butter

3 tbsp flour

3/4 pint liquid for a medium pouring sauce;

2.25 oz butter

4.5 tbsp flour

3/4 pint liquid for a coating sauce;

3 oz butter

6 tbsp flour

3/4 liquid for a very thick sauce (for soufflés, etc.)

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