Bread sauce in pot with spoon

Bread sauce

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(31 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 8

Our traditional bread sauce recipe is the perfect creamy accompaniment to your roast dinner. This easy bread sauce is sure to be a Christmas favourite

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

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


  • 600ml milk



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

  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 onion, chopped



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

  • 6 cloves



    A clove is the dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a…

  • 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



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury


  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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24th Dec, 2019
Cook gently in oven, until beautiful golden topping, especially if having been frozen. I have never heated in saucepan on hob and never would. Absolutely ruins flavour. You all will without a doubt, let it catch and ruin it on the hob.
20th Dec, 2019
I've always used packets for bread sauce but decides to do homemade this year. I loved this recipe but really agree with a previous comment that suggests adding the liquidised onions (minus bay leaves and thyme sticks) - it just adds a lovely intensity to the overall flavour.
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Katie henderson
19th Jan, 2019
A delicious bread sauce. Made it the last two Christmas’s and everyone loved it. Super simple and can be frozen so can be made ahead of Christmas Day :).
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!


14th Dec, 2019
I can't find an answer as to whether this recipe for bread sauce can be frozen. Please reply as my family arrive 22nd dec and I want to spend time with them not in kitchen unnecessarily.
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16th Dec, 2019
Hello, The bread sauce will keep for 3 days in the fridge or you can freeze it. You might need to add an extra splash of cream when you defrost it. I hope this helps and you enjoy your Christmas with your family.
18th Dec, 2017
How many does this serve please ?
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21st Dec, 2017
Thanks for your question. We have added this information to the recipe. It is enough to serve 8.
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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