A sauce that coats the back of a spoon

A sauce that coats the back of a spoon

In a recipe I read recently, I came across the expression “reduce the sauce until it coats the back of a spoon.” Can you explain exactly what that means?

This technique is most often used to test whether a custard sauce is done. You stir the sauce with a spoon and then immediately trace a line across the back of the spoon with your fingertip. If the line remains visible, the sauce is thick enough; if it doesn’t, the sauce needs to be cooked a little longer.

Rate this article

Login to rate this article and write a review.


Not a member yet? Sign up today, it's free!

Due to the large number of questions we receive, we are unable to answer each one. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section, which contains a great deal of useful information. We appreciate your enthusiasm for RICARDO cuisine!

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Your comment must comply with our netiquette.

512 characters maximum