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Homemade Vanilla Cream Sauce

Sandi Gaertner
Easy homemade creamy vanilla cream sauce. This old-fashioned cream sauce is delicious on bread pudding and cakes.
4.86 from 28 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 67 kcal


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • tiny dash salt


  • In a small sauce pan, add sugar and cornstarch.
  • Pour in a little of the hot water and whisk quickly to blend. 
  • Turn on the stove onto low heat and add the rest of the water, butter, vanilla, and lemon.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes until thickened.


Drizzle this homemade sauce on ice cream, pies, and cakes.


Serving: 1gCalories: 67kcalCarbohydrates: 14gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 32mgSugar: 13g
Keyword classic vanilla sauce recipe, homemade vanilla sauce, old-fashioned vanilla cream sauce
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