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Making Lemon Cider Sauce

What happens when you garnish a rustic, thrown-together dessert with a hastily prepared sauce? Sudden, unexpected elegance is what. Lemon cider sauce is supremely simple. You can pull it together in about five minutes. Drizzle it around a fat slice of gingerbread cake, over ice cream…whatever strikes your fancy. It’s terrific with poached fruit. Combine the sugar, spices, cornstarch and salt in a small saucepan.

Set it over medium-high heat and add the cider.

Whisk it until it comes to a simmer, then keep it on the low boil for about one minute. It won’t get any thicker after that. You want it thick enough so you can see a stripe when you run your finger down the back of a spoon. Remove it from the heat.

Then immediately stir in the lemon juice and zest. Wanna add a shot of bourbon? Hell I won’t stop you.

Done! Serve it warm.

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Lemon Cider Sauce Recipe

This easy and versatile sauce is great with all sorts of simple fall and winter cakes and fruit desserts. It’s much quicker and easier than a custard, since it’s thickened with cornstarch (corn flour) instead of egg yolks. It goes like this:

3.5 ounces (1/2 cup sugar)
1 tablespoon 1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup apple cider
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
grated zest of 1 lemon

In a small sauce pan whisk together the sugar, starch, spices and salt. Whisk in the cider and set the pan over medium heat. Bring it to a simmer, whisking it all the while for about one minute. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the lemon juice and zest. Serve warm.

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