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Basic Béchamel Sauce

Basic Béchamel Sauce
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Ingredients

1
cup milk
A piece of onion or garlic
1
bay leaf
1
to 2 Tbsp butter
1
to 2 Tbsp flour
salt and pepper
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Directions

Step 1

Steep the milk with a piece of onion or garlic and a bay leaf for 15 minutes. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute. Gradually whisk in the milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick. Season.

Step 2

For thick béchamel, use ratio of 2 tablespoons butter + 2 tablespoons flour for 1 cup/250 ml milk

Step 3

For very thick béchamel for soufflé base: 3 tablespoons butter, 5 tablespoons flour, 1 cup/250 ml milk. It makes the soufflé more stable.

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