Christmas Bread Sauce

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A very traditional sauce to serve with turkey. It is best made with bread that is 2-3 days stale, proving it is an economical sauce to make at Christmas. Bread sauce can be made the day before and heated through when required.



  • 400ml (just over 1 1/2 cups) cold milk
  • 200ml (just over 3/4 cup) cream
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3-4 whole cloves
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh white breadcrumbs


Heat milk and cream in a pot with bay leaves, ground cloves and peppercorns over a low heat.

Heat butter in a frying pan, add onion and cook over a low heat until softened but not brown.

Sieve the milk over the onions, discarding the leaves, garlic and peppercorns. Add the white breadcrumbs and cook stirring for 5 minutes. Serve hot.

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