Can you turn a basic white sauce into a dessert or sweet sauce?

Using a basic white sauce (butter, flour, milk) can you turn it into a sweet sauce using something like vanilla, sugar, and strawberries or baked pecans?

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PHIL
PHIL November 17, 2016

I guess you can. although I would pour it over the strawberries rather than mix them in. I have never done it but have seen some mention of it on the web. What do you want to do with it? Why not make whipped cream or a zaboyon instead?

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Anthony Jelsomeno
Anthony Jelsomeno November 17, 2016

I am new to sauces and i made a mushroom onion white sauce that turned out great and i was wondering about using the plain white sauce base for other things like drizzle over crepes or other things

pierino
pierino November 17, 2016

PHIL is correct here. White sauce, béchamel, is a mother sauce. But as it's a mix of flour, butter (roux) and milk it's a little too starchy for dessert---not that you can't sweeten atit up. However a crème anglaise would be a much better starting point.
If you are just learning sauces a good reference to have in your library is James Patterson's book "Sauces". It's the bible.

PHIL
PHIL November 17, 2016

Someone who knows better than me will reply I'm sure. Good Luck.

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Anthony Jelsomeno
Anthony Jelsomeno November 17, 2016

Thanks you both, i will look into that book as i want to try to make more sauces other than white. Thanks again for the advice

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