The Simplest Eggnog Recipe Ever
At holiday time we have to make the choice – do we make our own eggnog or do we buy some at the store? Do you take the time to search for a good eggnog recipe or do you get a carton of eggnog goodness from the market? I hear a lot of moaning about the stuff bought at the store, but I don’t have a single bad thing to say about it. Sure, it is chock full of ingredients that don’t sound exactly fresh, but it sure does taste good. Of course, it is not the taste that gets the prize for store bought eggnog, it is the texture, some of the smoothest, richest stuff ever. That creamy goodness is hard to beat.
But an eggnog recipe is not that difficult to follow. There are a lot of egg nog recipes out there where egg separation and egg white whipping are key, but a very good eggnog can be produced without all the work. The eggs, sugar and milk/cream and flavors can be whisked right together. For me, there will always be a little work for eggnog, because I think a cooked eggnog is the best. This not just because of food safety issues, but for smoothness and richness. I like a smooth and creamy eggnog and one that is more like a custard makes for good drinking. Whipping the whole eggs, sugar and milk with nutmeg and heating it to about 175F in a double boiler will make a thick and rich nog.
The flavor of eggnog is very straight forward – booze and nutmeg. This makes it fairly easy. A teaspoon or 2 of nutmeg will do the trick – maybe a dash of vanilla, too. The booze is optional. It is the brown liquors that are most traditional – dark rum, bourbon, or brandy. All of them are tasty in an eggnog, but it is a personal preference. If you can get a flavored liquor, like a gingerbread liquor, give that a try. It makes for a good eggnog. You can put the bottle to the side and let your guests choose to add a shot if interested. If you want to change up how you serve the eggnog, float the liquor on top of the eggnog then gently spoon cream over the liquor for a nice layered look.
And should you by chance have any leftover what should you do with it? Churn it in your ice cream maker! It makes a fine eggnog ice cream!
Here is the simplest eggnog recipe ever.
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of cream
- 4 cups of milk
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- 1-1/2 tsp of nutmeg or to taste
- A bottle of brandy, rum or whisky
- Fill a large bowl with ice and water. Float another smaller bowl in the larger one. This is an ice bath to cool the egg nog.
- In a bowl or pan that can be used as the top portion of a double boiler, whisk together the eggs and sugar until well mixed.
- Add the cream, milk, vanilla and nutmeg. Whisk the mixture until it is fully mixed.
- On the stove, fill a pot that can be used as the bottom portion of a double boiler with a few inches of water. The water should not touch the bottom of the vessel used as the top part of the double boiler. Bring the water to a simmer.
- When the water is simmering, place the top of the double boiler holding the eggnog mixture over the simmering water.
- Whisk the mixture constantly, heating it until reaches about 175F as measured on an instant read thermometer or until it coats the back of a spoon.
- Pour the eggnog through a fine sieve over the bowl in the ice bath. Continue whisking until it is cool.
- Remove the bowl from the ice bath. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl and refrigerate the eggnog until it is chilled.
- Serve the eggnog cold or at room temperature with or without the booze.
I hope you enjoy.
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