Bread Sauce

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    2 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

By Annie Gray

Published 2019

  • About

Bread sauce was the usual accompaniment to roast chicken in the Downton Abbey era. Done badly, it’s like eating wallpaper paste. Done well, it is very satisfying and rich, though certainly not as sophisticated as a fancy French jus.


  • 1 cup (40 g) good-quality dense white bread, cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes
  • Boiling water, to cover
  • ½


Put the bread in a heatproof bowl and pour in boiling water to cover. Let soak for 5–10 minutes. Remove the bread and gently squeeze out as much of the moisture as you can.

Meanwhile, put the shallot and mace blades into a tea infuser (or tie them in a square of cheesecloth). Pour the milk into a small saucepan, add the tea infuser, and heat over medium heat to just below boiling. Remov