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Singer is a French term that refers to the sprinkling of flour over ingredients which have been cooked in fat. When combined with the fat, the two essentially form a roux (fat + flour = roux). The roux is then cooked for a few minutes before a liquid is added to make a soup or sauce. The liquid must be brought to a simmer so the roux can thicken the liquid and also to cook off the raw starch flavor.