Extra creamy bread sauce served in a pan

Extra creamy bread sauce

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 8

Go for a stale baguette or sourdough over a sliced white loaf to make this creamy bread sauce. It makes an ideal accompaniment at Christmas or a Sunday lunch

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal235
  • fat20g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0.4g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.3g


  • 500ml whole milk
  • 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
  • 1 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 100g stale crustless white bread, made into rough breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp clotted cream
  • pinch nutmeg, freshly grated



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


  1. Simmer the milk, butter, onion, cloves, star anise and herbs in a pan for 20 mins. Can be done the day before and left to infuse in the fridge. Strain the mixture and return the liquid to the pan. Place back on the heat and scatter in the breadcrumbs. 

  2. Simmer and stir for 3-4 mins until you have a thick sauce. Stir in the clotted cream and nutmeg, season generously and serve. Can be made up to three days ahead; reheat on the hob or in the microwave on medium for three mins.

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