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    Bread sauce with bay & cloves

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

    Serves: 6 (with leftovers)


    1 small onion
    6 whole cloves
    1-2 fresh bay leaves, plus extra to serve (optional)
    25g unsalted butter
    575-600ml whole milk
    6 slices white bread, crusts removed, torn
    ΒΌ tsp freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste, plus extra to serve (optional)
    2-3 tbsp single cream 


    1. Stud the onion with the whole cloves, then put in a saucepan with the bay leaves, butter and 575ml milk. Bring to just below the boil, reduce the heat and keep just below a 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 breaks up. Season if needed.

    3. Stir in the cream, adding a little extra milk to loosen if needed. Heat through just before serving, scattered with nutmeg and a bay leaf, if liked.

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    Get aheadMake the sauce up to the end of step 2, cover the surface with baking parchment and keep for up to 24 hours in the fridge. Reheat over a gentle heat before continuing from step 3. To freeze, make to the end of step 2, cool then freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost thoroughly before reheating and continuing as above.


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