December 20, 2010

Wednesday's Chow - Eggnod

I Love eggnod, but haven't made it for years, because of the egg scare.  This looks like a great recipe and the eggs are cooked!



 4 egg yolks
 1/2 cup sugar
 2 cups milk
 2 whole cloves
 Pinch of cinnamon
 1 cup cream
 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 2 Tbsp each of bourbon and rum or brandy, or to taste (can omit for kid-friendly eggnog)

1 In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until they become lighter in color (can whisk by hand or use a mixer for this). Slowly beat in the sugar, whisking until fluffy.

2 Combine the milk, cinnamon, and cloves in a thick-bottomed saucepan. Slowly heat mixture on medium heat until it is steaming hot, but not boiling.

3 Temper the eggs by slowly adding half of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly while you add the hot mixture. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

4 Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it begins to thicken slightly, and coats the back of the spoon. It helps to have a candy thermometer, but not necessary; if you have one, cook until the mixture reaches 160°F. Do not allow the mixture to boil, or it will curdle. (If the mixture does curdle you may be able to save it by running it through a blender.) Remove from heat and stir in the cream. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove the cloves. Let cool for one hour.

5 Mix in vanilla extract, nutmeg, and bourbon/rum and brandy (feel free to omit for kid-friendly eggnog). Chill.

Makes 1 quart. Serves 4-6.

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1 comment:

robynl said...

I love eggnog and haven't made it for years either. One time I was babysitting my 2 cousins and they always wanted eggnog made from scratch so I made it. Now I buy it.