How to make bread sauce recipe

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Bread sauce is a staple when it comes to Christmas lunch, and making it is so easy thanks to our easy bread sauce recipe.

How to make bread sauce recipe
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  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories144 Kcal7%
Sugar2.4 g3%
Fat9.2 g13%
Saturated Fat5.6 g28%
Salt0.24 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein3 g6%
Carbohydrates12.7 g5%
Salt0.24 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Bread sauce is a must-have for a traditional Christmas meal and this bread sauce recipe will show you how to make bread sauce easily at home.

Our classic bread sauce is perfect drizzled over your Sunday roast or Christmas dinner. This bread sauce is really quick to make, so you only need 5 mins to prep it and then you can have homemade bread sauce ready in 35 minutes in total. The best part about this bread sauce is that it can be made in advance. So, that's one less thing to worry about on Christmas Day.

This bread sauce recipe is the perfect excuse to not buy ready-made bread sauce - it's quick and easy to make your own at home and it tastes so much better. This simple homemade bread sauce recipe will show how to make bread sauce in just four easy steps, so you don't have to spend much time in the kitchen.

This thick, creamy bread sauce combines breadcrumbs, butter, cream and milk together to make one delightful side. The onion, cloves and bay leaf combo adds a delicious aroma to the sauce. This bread sauce recipe serves 6 to 8 people so it's enough to serve for your family if you're having everyone round to your home this Christmas.

You could even make your own homemade breadcrumbs to use in the delicious recipe with our simple guide.


  • 1 small onion, cut into quarters
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 pink peppercorns, lightly crushed, plus extra to garnish
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 100g crustless white bread, whizzed into breadcrumbs
  • 30g butter
  • 5tbsp double crème fraiche




  1. Put the onion, cloves, bay leaves, peppercorns and milk in a pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins. Turn off the heat and leave to stand for 10 mins, so the flavours can infuse.
  2. Strain the milk into a clean pan, add the breadcrumbs, butter and crème fraiche. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the bread softens and the sauce thickens. Season with salt. Spoon sauce into a jug and top with a few crushed pink peppercorns. Serve warm.
Top Tip for making How to make bread sauce

Use leftover bread to make breadcrumbs: just whizz four slices of day-old bread in a processor.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies