Festive Bread Sauce……Our Traditional Family Recipe

By Simon  , ,   

December 16, 2014

Our Christmas feast....Without our 'hand me down' family bread sauce recipe, it just wouldn't be the same. Something so simple, using onion & festively infused milk, a stale loaf and some freshly ripped bay leaves. Totally a must have! and our invitation... forget the packet stuff and defiantly forget using over processed sliced bread. The rest of the world may feel this accompaniment is weird, but give it a try world and see.....

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 10 Generous


800 Grams Good quality white loaf

1 Litre Full bore milk

1 Large White onion

4 Medium Cloves

2 Large Bay leaves

1 Scattering White peppercorns

1 Scattering Rock salt

1 Pinch Mace

2 Heaped tbsp Butter

1 Dash Double cream

1 Pinch Freshly grated nutmeg


Christmas Eve, thinly slice your bread removing the crusts and lay them on a rack to stale overnight.

On the day place a pan with the milk over a moderate heat, quarter and stud the onions with cloves and add to the milk together with ripped bay leaves, peppercorns, mace and salt.  Heat gently until just before a boil.  Remove from the heat, cover and leave to infuse for a few hours.  Strain the milk and add the cubed or ripped bread.

Return to a low heat, the bread will gently soak up the fragrant milk and cook for about 15 minutes, by which time the sauce will have thickened.

To serve, stir in the butter, add cream and check for seasoning, place in a warmed serving bowl with a genourous grating of fresh nutmeg.


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