Monday, December 03, 2007

Excellent Eggnog

Best. Eggnog. Ever.

Since I've been horrible about updating, I figured I'd give you a bonus sneak peak at our new Friday series on cookies. Or at least the format. Last Saturday we made eggnog, cider, and ginger snaps for a party and all turned out excellent. I was happy since there's usually at least one bomb - but in this case all were good!

Gingersnaps will come this Friday, today I'll show you, step by step, how to make the best eggnog you've ever had in your life. So... let's go!

But first a disclaimer- this recipe comes verbatim from nataliesmom's Amazingly Good Eggnog on


* 4 cups milk
* 5 whole cloves
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 12 egg yolks
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 4 cups light cream
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Step 1
Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.

I took the "slowly" part perhaps a bit too seriously - it took about 20 minutes for me to get the mixture boiling, largely because I was only turning up the heat by about half a degree every five minutes. Next time I'll try to go a little faster.

Step 2
In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar.

Here's my guy separating out the eggs. He was rather fascinated by the patterns the yolks formed in the bowl.

Whisk together until fluffy.

Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour.

I only removed the cloves I could fish out. So far no one's died from having a clove in their eggnog.

Step 3
Stir in cream, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

Here's the completed eggnog right before it goes in the fridge. My serving pitcher is far nicer but non-translucent so this picture works best, I figure.

I have to admit I broke into the eggnog while it was still slightly warm just to see how it tasted. Oh, my. It's amazing. Transcendent. Incredible. Even DH who hates store bought eggnog with a passion loves this stuff. It's rich and creamy like ice cream and just so flavorful. It did require a good amount of work (and a lot of time!) but it's worth it!

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