The holiday season is synonymous with cosy gatherings, twinkling lights, and, of course, the rich and creamy delight that is eggnog. There’s something magical about sipping on this festive beverage, and what’s even more enchanting is making it yourself.
What is Eggnog?
Eggnog is a traditional holiday beverage, especially popular in the United Kingdom and the United States. It’s been associated with Christmas since the 1700s! It’s typically made with a mixture of milk or cream, sugar, and beaten eggs. Some recipes also include spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and it’s often spiked with alcohol such as rum, brandy, or bourbon. Often enjoyed during the festive season, its rich and creamy flavour makes it a comforting and indulgent treat.
Here’s an easy eggnog recipe that will have you and your loved ones toasting to the season with joy.
– 4 large eggs, separated
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 2 cups whole milk
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus extra for garnish
– A pinch of salt
– Optional: 1/4 cup bourbon or rum for a spirited twist
1. Separate and Beat the Eggs:
Start by separating the egg yolks from the whites. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with half of the sugar until the mixture becomes smooth and light in colour.
2. Combine Milk, Cream, and Flavorings:
In a separate saucepan, combine the whole milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it’s warm but not boiling. Stir occasionally to infuse the flavours.
3. Temper the Egg Yolks
Slowly pour a small amount of the warm milk mixture into the beaten egg yolks, whisking continuously. This process, known as tempering, prevents the eggs from curdling. Once tempered, pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture.
4. Cook the Eggnog:
Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens slightly. Be patient – this should take about 5-7 minutes. Avoid boiling, as it can result in a curdled texture.
5. Cool and Add Spirits (Optional):
Remove the eggnog from heat and let it cool to room temperature. If you want to add a spirited touch, stir in bourbon or rum at this stage. Refrigerate the eggnog for at least 2 hours, allowing the flavours to meld and the mixture to chill.
6. Whip the Egg Whites
In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
7. Fold in Egg Whites:
Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the chilled eggnog mixture. This step adds a light and frothy texture to your homemade eggnog.
8. Serve and Garnish:
Pour your velvety eggnog into glasses and sprinkle a touch of ground nutmeg on top for a festive finish. Serve chilled and enjoy the rich, comforting taste of homemade eggnog.
Elevate your Christmas celebrations with a touch of homemade warmth and cheer with this simple Eggnog recipe. Whether shared with friends and family or enjoyed by the fire, this creamy concoction is sure to become a cherished tradition. So, gather your ingredients, whip up a batch, and savour the holiday season with a cup of homemade eggnog – because nothing says “Merry Christmas” quite like a sip of this festive classic!