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Classic Cheese Sauce

Classic Cheese Sauce


Makes about 600 ml (1 pint)


Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 8-10 minutes

  • 600 ml (1 pint) milk

  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 50 g (2 oz) butter

  • 50 g (2 oz) plain flour

  • 125 g (4 oz) Cheddar or Gruyere cheese, grated

  • salt and pepper

  1. Put the milk, onion and bay leaf in a pan and heat until just boiling. Remove from the heat, set aside for 20 minutes. Strain and set aside.

  2. Melt the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook over a low heat for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and beat in the milk, a little at a time, until blended. Return to a low heat and stir constantly until the sauce has thickened. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring; simmer for 2 minutes.

  3. Remove the pan from the heat J and stir in the Cheddar or Gruyere cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

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