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Allergy-free béchamel sauce

Categories: Allergy-Free, Entertaining
Type: Sauces

This classic French bechamel sauce is a base ingredient for many recipes, from lasagna to moussaka. With a dairy-free option.

Prep Time: 20M

Cooking Time: 10M-15M, plus 20 minutes to infuse

Serves: serves 4-6


Egg & nut free

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 onion, peeled, halved, and studded with two whole cloves
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 4 parsley stalks
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp light cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

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  1. Place the milk, clove-studded onion, peppercorns, and parsley stalks in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes and remove from the heat. Let infuse for 20 minutes before straining the milk back into a saucepan and discarding the vegetables.
  2. Melt the butter on low heat in a separate saucepan. Add the flour. Mix well and cook for about 2 minutes taking care not to let the butter and flour mixture brown. Bring the infused milk to a simmer.
  3. Keeping the flour and butter mixture on a low heat, add in the milk gradually, using a whisk to ensure there are no lumps. When all the milk has been incorporated, simmer the sauce on a very low heat for 8-10 minutes to get rid of any lingering floury taste, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  4. Stir in the cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If keeping for later, cover with a circle of wet waxed paper.
  • You can make a quick basic white sauce by omitting step 1 and adding a sachet of bouquet garni to the pan in step 3 before simmering the sauce. If a thinner pouring sauce is needed, add more warmed milk or stock in step 3.


Dairy free also egg & nut free: Follow the recipe for Egg & nut free, but use nondairy spread instead of the butter; soy, rice, or oat milk in place of the cow's milk; and use soy cream alternative instead of the cream

Gluten free also egg & nut free: Follow the recipe for Egg & nut free, but use 1/4 cup of a gluten-free flour mix or a half and half mix of rice flour and cornstarch.

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Excerpted from Allergy-Free Cookbook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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