Buttered toast bread sauce

Buttered toast bread sauce

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 8
Reinvent the traditional bread sauce by toasting your bread until golden, then add double cream, nutmeg and cloves - we guarantee this will be your new festive favourite

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal234
  • fat17g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 140g crustless sliced white bread
  • 85g butter



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

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 600ml milk



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

  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 100ml double cream


  1. In a toaster or under a grill, toast the bread slices on both sides until dark brown. Leave to cool, then pulse in a food processor to make rough crumbs.

  2. Heat half the butter in a saucepan and cook the onion gently for about 10 mins until just starting to brown and turn sticky. Add the bay leaf and thyme, and pour over the milk. Mix in the spices and season with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 5 mins.

  3. Remove the herbs, then stir in all but a handful of the crumbs and cook over a low heat, simmering gently, until thickened. For a very smooth sauce, blitz with a hand blender in the pan. Can be chilled for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 2 months, then reheated to serve.

  4. While the sauce simmers, melt the remaining butter in a small frying pan and cook until sizzling and nut-brown. Throw in the remaining crumbs and cook in the butter until really crisp, then turn off the heat.

  5. Add the cream to the sauce and heat for a few mins more, then tip into a serving dish. Spoon over the crisp crumbs and any remaining nutty butter to serve.

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3rd Nov, 2019
This is a great bread sauce recipe I've used it for several Christmases now. I make it in advance and freeze it, defrost and finish off with cream on Christmas day. I have to confess that I don't bother with the extra crumbs on top as I dont have the hob space on Christmas day.
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