Béchamel Sauce with Nutmeg

Make this classic velvety-smooth white sauce, deliciously fragrant with nutmeg
By Tamasin Day-Lewis
Béchamel Sauce with Nutmeg
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  • Serves: Makes about 300ml
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

main

  • 300 ml milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • good pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • black pepper

Method

1. Scald the milk by bringing it just to the boil.

2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook gently for 1 minute, stirring.

3. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually add the milk, whisking constantly, until absolutely smooth.

4. Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring all the time, until thickened.

5. Reduce the heat and simmer very gently for 15-20 minutes, stirring now and then.

6. Whisk in the nutmeg and seasoning.

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