Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Eggnog Recipe

Every year around this time I start craving eggnog.  The trouble is, it’s hard to find in shops in England.  So I’ve become a bit of a pro at making my own!  And now that I’m a big kid, I even add a bit of brandy for a kick…

I’ll share my recipe for this deliciously Christmas-y drink with you all to try - and if you haven't had it before, it is absolutely delicious and doesn't taste like eggs!!  Give it a try and see for yourself:

4 eggs (separated)
1/2 cup of sugar
2 cups of milk
2 or 3 cloves (don’t overdo these or it gets a bit gross)
Heaped teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of single cream
1 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
*(Optional) A splash of brandy, whisky, rum or all three for extra jolliness!

In a great big bowl, whisk just the egg yolks until they are a bit lighter yellow (keep the egg whites to the side!).  Add the sugar bit by bit and keep whisking until they get fluffy.

In a saucepan, mix the milk with the cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon on heat on a low heat (don’t boil it, just get it a bit steamy)

Add a little bit by little bit of this milk mixture to the eggs to warm them up.  Then transfer it all back to the pan.-Stir the mixture well turn the heat up a little, where it should thicken a bit.  Don’t let it boil! 

Take it off the heat and pick out the cloves.  Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and fold it into the mixture with the cream and vanilla extract too.

Chill, then serve with a splash of brandy!

There are lots of eggnog recipes out there and they vary in the steps – there are ones that are a lot less complicated than this, but I think this one tastes the best and is worth the extra fuss.  Pour it into a nice sterilized pretty bottle tied with a Christmas ribbon and bring it as a gift when invited to a friend’s house!

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