Bread sauce is a favourite at Christmas, but this one takes it to a whole new level. Using rye sourdough adds a nuttiness and malted flavour, plus Maldon Garlic Sea Salt is a wonderful addition. Lots of fresh nutmeg and crispy sage leaves elevate it from a humble sauce to a spectacular side.
- Place the onion halves, garlic cloves, star anise, peppercorn, cloves, and bay leaves in a pan and pour over the milk. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Then turn the heat off and allow the milk to infuse for 1 hour or longer.
- After an hour strain the milk to discard the onion and flavourings and place it back into the pan. Add the breadcrumbs and then simmer for 5 minutes until thickened. Then add the butter and double cream, stirring through. Season with Maldon Garlic Sea Salt and cracked black pepper.
- In a small pan heat some olive oil and then when hot, fry the sage leaves until crispy
- .Remove from the pan and scatter over the top of the bread sauce along with some of the sage oil.