Classic bread sauce recipe

classic bread sauce - BritMums

Picture: Courtesy of Waitrose & Partners

Go old-school and delicious with this classic side. This bread sauce recipe is easy to make and an essential side to roast turkey.


  • 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 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 tip: Get 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.


Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose & Partners


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