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Raisin Sauce for Ham

The raisins cook up plump and soft in this savory golden sauce that will dress up ham for Easter dinner or anytime. A tart hint of lemon balances the fruit's sweetness. You can mix up this delicious accompaniment in minutes. —Lavonne Hartel Williston, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 cups


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, cornstarch and mustard. Stir in the water, raisins, vinegar, lemon juice and zest until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in butter until melted. Serve warm over sliced ham.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 114 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 36mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Perry
    Jan 21, 2018

    Definitely delicious

  • msoleski
    Mar 24, 2016

    Made this today to prepare for Easter ham. I'ts so good I want to drink it!

  • arustad
    Mar 30, 2012

    I have been using this recipe for a couple years. It has become a family favorite and a tradition to serve this sauce with holiday ham dinners. Delicious!

  • baking mama
    Sep 16, 2008

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  • foliophile
    Mar 24, 2008

    Delicious recipe! Mine came out brown, like gravy, perhaps because I had dark brown sugar? Very easy to make.

  • Jodi Welikoklad
    Jan 20, 2008

    Very awesome recipe!! I added Craisins because I didn't have raisins and it was teriffic!!!