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Basic White Sauce

Published Friday, 04 September, 2009 by jenna

very handy and opens LOADS of doors!!



  • * 40 grams of butter or marg
  • * 25 grams of plain flour
  • * 425 ml of milk (15 fl oz)
  • * salt and pepper to season (only add if its savoury!)


put all the ingredients into a pan on a medium heat

WHISKing constantly for 6 mins

the sauce will thicken

continue whisking it until it doesnt taste floury anymore

the really great thing about this is it can be sweet or savoury,

you can add:

Cheese and herbs - to make a cheese sauce great with pasta (lovely with little bits of chopped ham!),

you can substitute some of the milk for a bit of cream if you want to make it more luxurious

you can also add jam, sugar or fruit to make a sweet sauce - great for making bread pudding or putting with apple/cherry pie ect.

with this sauce if your making a pasta bake (macaroni cheese?) to go in the oven or something you want to set, then after you have taken your sauce off the heat stir in two beaten eggs and then put it in your oven until the eggs have cooked and whatever it is has set.


  • Mere 5 years ago

    I use a similar version of this for meatloaf (but i add peas with it). It tastes really good!

  • The Pope. 8 years ago

    I will use this for my GCSE. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

  • heather 8 years ago

    DON'T add all at once ....... melt the butter first, then add the flour, mix together, then add the milk - or you'll just be left with a lumpy mess!!!!

  • Kay 8 years ago

    I put in some grated cheese, grated onion, black pepper, garlic and bacon and it was really nice :) like a quick carbonara

  • caz 9 years ago

    I use this for everything.

    Try adding curry powder to taste, then pour over halved eggs.... or add the eggs and tinned salmon/cut up sausages and you have a great curry flavoured meal.

    Add cheese and/or onion and bacon and pasta for great mac 'n' cheese or a nice sauce for over vegies.

  • Cindy Howell 9 years ago

    Peter, the next time try first melting the butter, then whisking the flour intot he butter then slowly pouring the milk in, whisking constantly until the mixture is thick and bubbely.

  • peter 9 years ago

    mine has ended up yucky

  • jenna 9 years ago

    yep its fine for freezing x x

  • Charlotte 10 years ago

    Can you freeze it?

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