Classic bread sauce recipe | Waitrose

  • Vegetarian
  • Christmas


½ onion, finely chopped
6 cloves
1–2 bay leaves
30g butter
568ml bottle 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. 

Cook's tipGet ahead: make the sauce up to the end of step 2, cover with clingfilm and keep in the fridge for up to 48 hours. 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.

Classic bread sauce
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes

Serves: 8

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 573kJ
Fat 7.4g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Carbohydrate 13.3g
Sugars 4.3g
Protein 4.3g
Salt 0.4g
Fibre 0.4g

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This recipe was first published in Thu Dec 08 10:26:00 GMT 2016.