Rich and Custardy Lemon Dessert Sauce

lemon sauce
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
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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. 

See Also
4-Ingredient Lemon Curd Recipe

What You'll Need

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

How to Make It

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  1. Serve lemon sauce over gingerbread, pound cake, or bread pudding.
  2. Makes about 1 cups of lemon sauce.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 227
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 161 mg
Sodium 59 mg
Carbohydrates 35 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 5 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)