Tart and sweet with a brilliant golden hue, this rich Hot Lemon Sauce adds bright color and zing to nearly any dessert.
My search for the perfect lemon dessert sauce began when my mom told me that my grandmother always served hot lemon sauce over homemade gingerbread.
When I finally enjoyed this sweet and tangy sauce over a square of deeply spiced gingerbread, I thanked my grandmother’s remarkable taste and my mother’s excellent memory. I never would have combined these two flavors on my own!
Warm and rich, this luscious sauce is a thinner version of lemon curd served hot. What’s not to love about that?
Brilliant yellow and super tart, this flavorful sauce adds color and zing to nearly any dessert. Drizzle it over angel food cake, pound cake, or vanilla ice cream to turn any sweet treat into an indulgent experience.
With only four ingredients — sugar, a lemon, egg yolks, and butter — this recipes is a breeze to prepare. Just combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until the mixture thickens.
The leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days, which means you’ll have plenty of opportunity to discover different ways to enjoy this hot lemon sauce.
To reheat, warm over low heat or over a bowl of hot water, but don’t be afraid to enjoy it cold, too. Just stir the mixture well and serve!
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large lemon, zested and juiced (about ¼ cup juice)
- 3 large egg yolks
- ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), sliced in pieces
- Whisk together sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a small, heavy saucepan. Add egg yolks and whisk until well combined.
- Add butter and warm mixture over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the sauce thickens and coats the back of the spoon, about 20 minutes.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Serve immediately.
- To prepare ahead, cool sauce to room temperature and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat over low heat or a bowl of hot water.