1&1/4 cups milk
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
freshly ground white or black pepper
In a small saucepan, heat the milk, onion & bay leaf on low heat, uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove and compost the onion & bay leaf and set milk aside.
In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter on medium low heat, add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes until golden brown. Slowing whisk in the warm milk until well incorporated (no lumps). Add salt and pepper to taste. Continue stirring until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
Makes about 1&1/2 cups
After it thickens:
- stir in 1/4 cup grated cheese blend from Taste or smoked cheddar from Spring Hill
- add a tablespoon fresh minced herbs (chives, parsley...)