Saffron-scented bread sauce recipe

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Try our delicious saffron-scented bread sauce recipe. Follow along in our easy step-by-step how to video to see how it's done.

  • healthy
Cost RangeNot
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories206 Kcal10%
Fat9 g13%

Bread sauce is a must for every roast dinner. Why not jazz yours up a little with some strands of saffron? Follow along in our easy step-by-step how to video to see how it's done.


  • 1 pint milk
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 cloves
  • Pinch of saffron strands
  • 175g (6oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 30g (1oz) butter




  1. Pour milk into a saucepan and add onion, bay leaves and cloves.
  2. Bring to the boil, then remove pan from the heat and leave for milk to infuse.
  3. Place saffron strands on a sheet of baking parchment on a baking tray and cook in a hot oven for a few minutes to dry out (it doesn't matter too much what the oven temperature is as long as the saffron dries).
  4. Strain milk into a saucepan, reserving a bay leaf for garnish.
  5. Cook the sauce over a low heat for about 5-10 mins until thickened. If it thickens too much, thin with a little extra milk.
  6. Season sauce to taste and add the butter just before serving. Garnish with bay leaf.
Top Tip for making Saffron-scented bread sauce

The best way to make the breadcrumbs is in a liquidiser, if you have one.


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