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Delia's All-in-one white sauce
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Makes: About 570ml
25g sauce flour or plain flour
50g block butter, cut into chunks
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
You will also need a Delia Online Little Gem ‘Sauce’ pan (heavy gauge aluminum, measuring 16cm by 8cm or similar)
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.
This recipe was first published in December 2013.