Once a darling of the "California Cuisine" movement, it's now common on many dessert menus. If you can get Meyer lemons, give them a try. If not, don’t worry; it is still very delicious with regular lemons. While it's traditionally served as a topping for cakes, it's also wonderful spooned over a bowl of fresh berries.
Makes about 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4-5 lemons)
- 2 tbsps grated lemon zest
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter (1 stick butter), cut into 1/8-in slices
- Add 1-inch of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. In a medium metal bowl whisk the egg yolks and sugar for about 2 minutes until smooth. Whisk in the lemon juice and zest until combined.
- Place the mixing bowl on top of saucepan (the bowl should be wide enough to fit on top of the saucepan, but shouldn't be touching the simmering water). Stir the mixture constantly with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as you stir, until it begins to thicken, and will coat the back of a spoon. This will take approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Whisk in the butter, one slice at a time. Wait until each piece almost disappears before adding the next. Spoon into clean glass containers and allow to cool with a piece of plastic wrap laid on the surface to prevent a skin from forming.
Try this great sauce with our Old Fashion Gingerbread recipe.