All-in-One White Sauce
Makes about 570ml
|25g sauce flour or plain flour|
|salt and freshly milled black pepper|
|Oven temperatures and Conversions|
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|You will also need a Delia Online Little Gem ‘Sauce’ pan (heavy gauge aluminum, measuring 16cm by 8cm or similar)|
This recipe is adapted from Delia's Complete How to Cook
When you're ready to make the sauce, put the milk in a saucepan, then simply add the sauce flour, butter and seasoning and bring everything gradually up to simmering point over a medium heat, whisking continuously with a balloon whisk, until the sauce has thickened and becomes smooth and glossy.
Then turn the heat down to its lowest possible setting and let the sauce cook very gently for 5 minutes to take the raw taste out of the flour, stirring from time to time.
Finally taste and check for seasoning.
If you’re on a low fat diet you can make a fat free version with just cold milk and sauce flour.
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If you are cooking for vegetarians you can get a vegetarian style parmesan from Bookhams
Yes, it's old-fashioned nursery food, but I sometimes think that things like this need a revival. I love it with baked cod cutlets and creamy mashed potatoes, and it's also excellent with gammon, but most especially I love it with Salmon Fishcakes
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