To make a white sauce, you first make a roux (mixing flour and butter) and cooking it. The sauce is made by slowly adding milk to the mixture and boiling it to thicken.
Melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan over a medium heat.
Tip in the flour and stir constantly until evenly mixed.
Continue to stir for one minute, while the mixture cooks.
Slowly add the milk, stirring well between each edition.
When all the milk is added, ensure the mixture is smooth. If it starts to boil too quickly, remove it from the heat and beat until smooth before continuing.
Continue to stir gently and bring to the boil. Season well.
It is now ready to use.
Flavourings such as grated cheese or nutmeg can be added at this time and gently combined.
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