• 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and white pepper or finely ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste (about 1/8 teaspoon)


Serves: About 3 cups


In a medium saucepot, warm milk over medium-low heat with bay leaf.

In a skillet, melt butter and when it foams, whisk in flour and stream in milk. Season with salt, white or fine black pepper and nutmeg, and thicken to coat spoon then remove from heat.