Béchamel Sauce

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Café Cooking: From The Parlour to Cambo Gardens

By Gillian Veal

Published 2024

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Or white sauce – one of the most useful sauces you can make and a base for cheese sauce too.


  • 1 small onion, ends cut off and peeled
  • 4 cloves
  • 300 ml milk


Stud the onion with the cloves and put into a small saucepan with the milk, bay leaf and peppercorns. Bring to a simmer, remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 15 minutes or so before straining into a jug. In another saucepan, gently melt the butter (being careful not to burn it) and stir in the flour thoroughly. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring continuously, then gradually pour in