Classic Bechamel Sauce Recipe with Butter
A good Bechamel recipe is one to hold on to. Be sure to use real butter, and add just a pinch of nutmeg. Follow along with our instructional video.
- Cooking: 15 min - 20 min
- 5 tbsp (75 mL) butter
- 4 tbsp (60 mL) flour
- 4 cups (1 L) milk
- Salt white pepper (to taste)
- Pinch of nutmeg
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Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Whisk continuously until the mixture turns a nice golden colour, approximately 6 minutes or so.
In the meantime, warm milk until it begins to boil. Remove from heat and pour milk into the butter mixture 1 cup (250 ml) at a time. Whisk continuously. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until it thickens. The sauce is ready when it coats the back of a spoon.
Remove from heat. Add salt, white pepper and a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg. Set aside until ready to serve.