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    Bay and onion bread sauce

    Bread sauce is an essential accompaniment to Christmas Dinner.  This vegetarian, bay and onion-infused version is very easy to make and tastes delicious.

    • Vegetarian
    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 5 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes 35 minutes

    Serves: 8

    Ingredients

    1/2 onion, peeled and finely chopped
    6 cloves
    1-2 bay leaves
    30g butter
    568ml carton whole milk
    150g sliced fresh white bread (about 5 slices), crust removed and roughly torn
    1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
    2-3 tbsp single cream

    Method

    1. Heat the onion, cloves, bay leaves, butter and milk in a medium pan.  Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
    2. Strain the milk and return it to the pan.  Using a wooden spoon, stir in the bread. season and add the nutmeg.  Simmer for 3-5 minutes until the bread has broken up.
    3. Stir in the cream and heat through for 1 minute before serving.

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    Get ahead

    Make the sauce up to the end of step 2, cover the surface with clingfilm and keep for up to 48 hours in the fridge.  Reheat over a gentle heat before continuing from step 3.

    To freeze

    Make to the end of step 2, cool and freeze for up to 1 month.  Defrost thoroughly before reheating and continuing as above.

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