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Bread sauce recipe

17 November 2014

Find out how to make a traditional bread sauce to go with your roast turkey for Christmas dinner.

Bread sauce
Bread sauce

Cooking time

40 minutes




  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 18 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 litre/1 3/4pt milk
  • 200g/8oz fresh white breadcrumbs made with stale bread
  • knob of butter
  • 2 tbsp thick cream (optional)


This recipe serves 10 to 12 people for Christmas dinner. Reduce volumes accordingly for a smaller Sunday lunch.

Peel and slice the onions and place in a pan with the bay leaves, cloves, salt, peppercorns and milk.

Bring slowly to just below boiling point.

Reduce the heat to very low and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

Remove from the heat, cover and leave until cold.

Strain, cover and chill until required.

Just before serving, reheat the milk, stir in the breadcrumbs and then the butter and cream (if you like a very rich sauce).


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