Rich and Custardy Lemon Dessert Sauce

lemon sauce
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Ratings (9)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
227 Calories
8g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This lemon dessert sauce is a rich, custard-like sauce with eggs, sugar, and fresh lemon juice. It's similar to lemon curd but thinner.

Serve lemon sauce over gingerbread cake, bread pudding, pound cake, or ice cream. 


  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Steps to Make It

In the top of a double boiler (or stainless steel bowl), combine the eggs and sugar. Whisk until smooth; add the lemon juice, zest, and butter. Stir to blend.

Place the pan or bowl over simmering water and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. 

To test, dip a spoon in the sauce. With a finger, make a path down the back of the spoon. If the path is clear and no sauce runs into it, the sauce is done. 

Serve lemon sauce over gingerbread, pound cake, or bread pudding.

Makes about 1 cups of lemon sauce.

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