Bay leaf & onion bread sauce recipe | Waitrose

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

Serves: 8


½ onion, finely chopped
6 cloves
1–2 bay leaves
30g butter
568ml carton whole milk
150g sliced fresh white bread
(about 5 slices), crusts removed and roughly torn
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2–3 tbsp single cream 


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 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 just before serving.