Bowl of creamy bread & onion sauce with bay leaves

Bread & onion sauce

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 8 - 10

Sara Buenfeld's creamy sauce will make a tasty addition to your Christmas table

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved


  • kcal269
  • fat22g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.48g
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  • 85g butter



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

  • 2 onions, sliced



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

  • 2 fresh bay leaves, plus extra to serve
  • 600ml whole milk
  • 7 cloves



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

  • 140g crustless white bread
  • 142ml pot double cream


  1. Heat the butter in a pan, add the onions and bay leaves, then gently fry with the lid on for 10 mins until soft, but not coloured.

  2. Add milk and cloves, then simmer gently, uncovered, for 30 mins, stirring occasionally.

  3. Remove bay and cloves, then tip everything into a processor and blitz with two-thirds of the bread until smooth. Chill for up to two days. To serve, tip the cream into a pan, add the sauce, then stir until mixed. Tear in the remaining bread. Add a little milk if necessary to thin the consistency. Season and serve warm.

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23rd Dec, 2017
My "go to" bread sauce recipe every Christmas - its delicious!
30th Nov, 2013
I just tipped all the cream and bread in, before freezing it ready for Christmas. But let me tell you, this is THE best bread sauce. EVER.
20th Dec, 2012
I didn't think I liked bread sauce but after tryin this recipe I love it!
4th Dec, 2012
Just. Yum.
24th Dec, 2010
This was the nicest bread sauce I've made yet. I love the taste of cloves so I put a few extra in and tied them into a muslin bag so they were very easy to remove.
17th Jan, 2009
Absolute hit...we made it as part of our Christmas dinner. Really easy to make and we prepped it two days ahead for less stress on the big day!
20th Nov, 2007
Delicious! I couldn't stop dipping into it with the left over crusts while I was cooking it! If you leave out tearing the remainer of the bread in - it makes a wonderful fondue sauce!
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