Bread sauce

Bread sauce

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


A traditional Christmas sauce to serve with your roast

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal141
  • fat5g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.43g
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  • 600ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 6 cloves



    The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

  • 6 peppercorns
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 thyme sprigs


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 100g white breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp single cream or mascarpone



    Fresh unpasteurised milk quickly separates and the fat rises to the top. This fat layer is then…

  • pinch nutmeg, freshly grated


  1. Simmer the milk, butter, onion, cloves, peppercorns, garlic and herbs in a pan for 20 mins. Strain and return the liquid to the pan. Add the breadcrumbs and simmer for 3-4 mins. Stir in the cream or mascarpone. Add nutmeg, season and serve. Can be made up to 3 days in advance and heated up on the hob or microwave on Medium for 3 mins.

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31st Dec, 2016
Super easy and very tasty. It freezes fine. Easily makes enough for 8 people. Mascarpone cheese option is super rich and delicious, have not tried the cream version.
24th Dec, 2016
Tasty and delicious. I slightly prefer the infused milk to have had a whole onion with cloves stuck in it, rather than chopped onion and separate cloves, but that's partly because you can leave it sitting in the milk for ages and not need to sieve all the bits out.
20th Dec, 2016
Like Lizzy below, I would like to know if this can be frozen as I like to make things well in advance.
16th Dec, 2016
Can it be frozen?
9th Jan, 2014
This was amazing! My husband still raves about it and I would never buy the packet one again! We made half quantities for two and it was enough with a little bit left for another meal, judging by other comments, I would say don't reduce quantities too much.
15th Jan, 2013
Well I don't like bread sauce, but this was easy to make and got rave reviews from my family
27th Dec, 2012
My favourite! Mum always used to make double so I could take it home and eat it with chips (of all things...). One tip she did give me was to leave the milk to infuse for an hour and liquidise the cooked onion with the sieved milk - it gives the sauce more body and loads more flavour. Enjoy!
25th Dec, 2012
Bread sauce is my favourite bit of Christmas dinner but I nearly didn't make it this year because I didn't have any cloves. I used a star anise instead as Jeremy mentions above and it was delicious!
23rd Dec, 2012
Do u need to toast the breadcrumbs before adding ? Help please
16th Apr, 2012
This is a great, great recipe. Of course, when you are at home and feeling a bit adventurous, you might modify or play around with different ingredients. I actually add two pieces of Star Anise to bring out the onion flavor, and also add a piece of mace - at the milk steeping stage. The result for me is a more savory bread sauce - especially for the holidays.


9th Oct, 2013
Could you freeze this recipe?
20th Apr, 2014
I was also wondering the same thing, is anyone able to shed any light?
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