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    Classic bread sauce recipe | Waitrose

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


    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. 

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    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.


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