Budget bread sauce

This sauce can be made a day ahead and then warmed through on the hob or in a microwave just before serving – add an extra splash of milk if necessary and stir well.

Ingredients

  • 400ml/14fl oz milk, ideally full-fat
  • ½ medium onion, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 3–4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8–10 cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt, plus extra to season
  • 25g/1oz butter
  • 60g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • black pepper