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How to Make Bread Sauce

This bread sauce recipe is really easy to make. Traditionally served with Christmas dinner. It's a James Martin bread sauce recipe so you know it will be good.

Bread sauce in a saucepan

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My first thoughts on seeing this 3 piece set of stainless steel Kaufmann Sienna range saucepans were how well they are made and how expensive they look.

But in fact, they're seriously fantastic value for money at under £38 for the set (at the time of writing) plus they come with a 10-year guarantee and a 5-year non-stick warranty.

The core collection includes a 3-piece saucepan set, a 2-piece frying pan set, and a 5-piece saucepan and frying pan set.

Recipe from Saturday Kitchen by James Martin, the photo above is my own. Expandable Trivet by Stellar Cookware.

Lovely, mirror polished stainless steel is not easy to photograph you could either see the reflection of me in the saucepan, or the trivet, or both!

But before we go on to the Bread Sauce recipe; let me tell you more about these saucepans.

Kaufmann Sienna Pan Set

Efficient Cooking

Even heat distribution thanks to 'impact forged' bases; suitable for all hob types, including induction.

The glass lids have a built-in steam vent (to prevent over-boiling) so no need to jiggle the lid trying to balance it so it lets the steam out.

The pans are suitable for oven use at temperatures up to 210C (Gas Mark 6 or 410F) but obviously being made from stainless steel they're not suitable for microwave use.

Sturdy and extremely well made

These pans are absolutely excellent value for money. On opening the box I was totally impressed. I will say each saucepan had a small pesky sticker on the bottom which took a while to peel off (why do manufacturers do that)?!

Anyway once it was removed it left a sticky mark; annoying. But fear not with my top tip all will be well in no time. Just spray the sticky mark with furniture polish; leave for one minute. You will find the mark will then wipe off completely; problem solved 😉

Pan sizes are 14cm, 16cm and 18cm and the milk pan has PFOA non-stick coating inside.


As always with any pan let it cool completely then soak in nice hot sudsy water for a few minutes before washing with a non-scratch nylon brush or pan scourer. Dry thoroughly before storing it.

The pans are suitable for dishwasher use but as with any good quality cookware, hand washing is recommended. Personally, I wouldn't put mine in a dishwasher.

Other Kaufmann products are all available via the Kaufmann website or directly from Amazon

The prices shown are the manufacturer's recommended retail price (RRP)

K002 Kaufmann Kitchen, 28 x 21cm Folding Cutting Board £3.00
K0A1 Kaufmann Sienna 3-piece set Saucepan set £36.28
K028 Kaufmann Sienna 2 -piece set Frying pan set £37.29
K0C1 Kaufmann Sienna 5-piece set Saucepan set £62.95
K003 Kaufmann Sienna, 16 Piece Cutlery Set £14.00

Homemade Bread Sauce

Traditional bread sauce is just one of many great British sauces. Until now I'd never tried it let alone made it before; it's just something I've never bothered with.

But I'm trying to get prepared for Christmas because this year we have family coming (a shock for me since I usually only cook for the two of us)! 

Anyway bread sauce seems to be a thing they usually have, so bread sauce it is then!

Having had a go it really is possibly the simplest thing to make ever and I've no idea why so many people buy it ready-made or worst of all make it from a packet mix. 

This James Martin recipe is lovely and creamy and the perfect accompaniment to turkey.

Make ahead

You can make this a day or two ahead so there really is no excuse for buying ready-made!

Just make the sauce a little looser than normal as it will thicken further when reheated. Reheat in a saucepan over the hob or a bowl in the microwave.

Can you Freeze Bread sauce?

Apparently, you can freeze bread sauce although I've never tried.

You can make bread sauce up to a month in advance of your Christmas gathering or you can make it up to five days ahead and store it in the fridge.

Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star rating in the recipe card below!

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Yield: 6-8
Author: James Martin
Bread Sauce Recipe

Bread Sauce Recipe

Bread sauce is traditionally served at Christmas with Christmas or New Year's day dinner.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 Mininactive time: 15 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 1 large onion, peeled
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 570ml/1 pint full-fat milk
  • 110g/4oz fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 40g/1½oz butter
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. For the bread sauce, stud the onion all over with the cloves, then place into a saucepan along with the bay leaf, peppercorns and milk. 
  2. Bring the mixture to the boil, remove the pan from the heat and set to cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the onion, bay leaf and peppercorns, then stir in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Return the pan to the heat and cook very gently for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the breadcrumbs have absorbed all the liquid and the sauce is the desired consistency.
  5. Stir in the butter and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


If you're making this a day or two before you want to eat it, make the sauce a little looser than normal as it will thicken further when reheated. Reheat in a saucepan over the hob or a bowl in the microwave.

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