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Sweet and Tangy Hot Lemon Sauce

Adapted from the Joy of Cooking.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert, Sauces
Keyword: citrus, dessert sauces, lemon
Servings: 6 to 10
Author: Suzanne Cowden


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large lemon zested and juiced (about 1/4 cup juice)
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 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.