Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 600 ml (1 pint) semi-skimmed milk 1 onion or 2 shallots, halved 1 bay leaf 6 black peppercorns pinch of grated nutmeg 55 g (2 oz) butter 55 g (2 oz) plain flour salt and pepper

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Pour the milk into a heavy-based saucepan and add the onion or shallots, bay leaf, peppercorns and nutmeg. Bring just to the boil over a moderate heat, then remove from the heat, cover and set aside to infuse for 10 minutes. Strain the flavoured milk into a jug.

  2. Melt the butter in the rinsed-out pan. Stir in the flour and cook gently, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Do not allow the flour to brown.

  3. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually pour in the milk, stirring or whisking constantly. Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, still stirring or whisking.

  4. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce gently for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is smooth and thick.

  5. Taste and add salt and pepper. Serve or use immediately.


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