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5 from 2 votes

Easy homemade bread sauce

Bread sauce is a bit of a British oddity, but it tastes much better than it sounds - and it's easy to make too! Here's how to make homemade bread sauce.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: British, English
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Becca Heyes


  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into a few chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled but left whole
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 500 ml (~ 2 cups) milk
  • 100 g (~ 1 ½ cups) breadcrumbs (approx. 2 thick slices bread, blitzed)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  • Add the onion, garlic and bay leaf to a pan with the milk. Place over a fairly low heat, and cook gently for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin from forming.
  • Use a sieve or a slotted spoon to remove the vegetables and bay from the milk (if using a sieve, don't forget to put a bowl underneath when you pour it out!).
  • Return the pan to a low heat, and add the breadcrumbs and butter. Cook for a minute or two until the breadcrumbs have cooked right into the milk, and season generously with salt and pepper. Serve warm. You can make the sauce in advance and reheat in the microwave if necessary.


Serving: 1portion | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.1g | Protein: 4.9g | Fat: 4.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 5.4g | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 0mg