Favorite Sauce

This is a very simple sauce that can take on fruit flavors by changing the first ingredient. I think Mother use to make this as a lemon sauce, but she did not show the exact values when Marlys got the recipe.

However, there is a issue that the amateur cook like myself might not catch; it can cause problems. I talk about it below.
Favorite Sauce

Favorite Sauce

  • 1 cup hot water (or fruit juice + 1 Tablespoon butter)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cook hot water, sugar, salt and cornstarch until clear and add vanilla.
    **Can stir in 1/2 cup whipped cream just before serving.

    Again, it is a cornstarch based sauce, which means it will set hard in the refrigerator, and need both whipping and heating to make it smooth again.

    I tried making it into a lemon sauce like I remembered Mother making, but I am not certain I got it right. With the wide variety of fruit juices on the market now, it could be fun to develop your own favorite flavor.

    I decided to make a strawberry flavored version of this sauce. I started with a pound of strawberries, and like the first steps of the Strawberry Devonshire Tart glaze, I used the food processor and then sieved the pulp to get a cup of strawberry juice. I then made the mistake of dumping everything into my sauce pan and turning the heat on. The mistake is that you need to dissolve the cornstarch in cold liquid- always! So my sauce had some lumps of undissolved cornstarch.

    The sauce was good except for that. But learn from my mistake; ALWAYS DISSOLVE CORNSTARCH IN COLD LIQUID.

    This makes me wonder about the first line of the recipe where it wants to use a cup of hot water; that just doesn’t sound right.

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