Friday, December 31, 2010

Bread Sauce

I love bread sauce, and christmas dinner really wouldn't be complete without it. This is another Nigella Lawson recipe (most of our christmas dinner came from recipes from her christmas cook book) if you have never made your own bread sauce then this would be the one to try, it's so good and I will definitely be making this again.

1 loaf unsliced white bread
2 pints full-fat milk
1 onion, peeled and quartered
4 cloves
2 bay leaves
1 tsp white peppercorns
¼ tsp ground mace
2 tsp salt
1oz butter
2 tbsp cream
1 fresh nutmeg, for grating

Slice and remove the crust from the bread and leave the pieces out on a wire rack to dry out.

Pour the milk into a saucepan. Press a clove into each quarter of the onion.

Add the onion quarters, bay leaves, peppercorns and the mace along with the salt and bring to the mixture almost to its boiling point.

Remove the pan from the heat. Cover the pan with a lid and let the ingredients infuse for at least half an hour.

After the mixture has infused, strain the milk and place the pan back on a very low heat.

Tear the bread into strips and addd to the saucepan and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring every now and then, by which time the sauce should have become thick and warm.

Just before serving the bread sauce, add the butter, cream and grate over some nutmeg.

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