Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Eggnog for Christmas?

Being in a festive mood on Monday, I had a sudden brainwave. I had a million eggs in the fridge (thank you, chickens!), and an hour where I needed a distraction from cleaning the house. I emailed a lovely friend in Canada for her eggnog recipe!

I'd googled & investigated, and every recipe I found seemed to be really heavy, and I imagine would make eggnog almost custardy in consistency - the eggnog I remember from when we were in Canada was light & fluffy & gorgeous! Anyhow, the lovely Ann came to the rescue thank goodness. 

I changed the recipe a tad - usually eggnog is made with raw eggs, and even though I know our chooks are clean & healthy I don't tend to feed raw eggs to my small boy. Not to worry though, a cooked eggnog isn't too tricky at all!

Lovely Eggnog :) (for two!)
2 cups of milk
2 eggs
A tablespoon or so sugar or honey
A grating of nutmeg
A cinnamon stick
A couple of cloves
A vanilla pod (or some of that fabulous vanilla paste!)
Alcohol of your choice - or none if you prefer (or you're a small child!) - I used marsala.

Mix everything but the alcohol together in a heavy based pan with a whisk. Turn the heat onto low, and GENTLY cook (for a very long time!) until the mixture thickens, kind of like custard (but not quite that thick). You want the mixture to get to 70 degrees for a few minutes, but you don't want it to boil.

When it's thick & lovely (and your house smells like beautiful spices...), strain it through muslin to take out any lumps & spices, then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, til well chilled. 

To serve - stir through a little (or a lot) of your liquor of choice! I don't actually have a photo of the final was consumed far too quickly. Jarvis had a few sips of the virgin version & thought it was fabulous. 


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