Egg Nog, the Festive Favourite

Easy Classic Christmas Egg nog Recipe No 2.

Ingredients Christmas Egg nog

• 4 egg yolks.

• 1/2 cup sugar.

• 2 cups milk.

• 2 whole cloves.

• Pinch of cinnamon.

• 1 cup full 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 Kiddies-friendly eggnog).

• *4 egg whites (optional).

Directions Christmas Egg nog.

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.Optional:

Beat egg whites until they reach soft peaks. Add a teaspoon of sugar and continue to beat until they reach stiff peaks.

Gently fold into eggnog.

Makes 1 quart. Serves 4-6.

A Bit of History It is generally believed that. Eggnog originated in East Anglia, England; and was developed from a posset, a medieval beverage made with hot milk. The "nog" part of its name is said to stem from the word "noggin", again another old English term for a small, wooden jug used to serve alcohol. Eggnog has been part of the traditional American Christmas since the brew crossed the Atlantic with those early English settlers, it is a fact that that by the time of the American Revolution--George Washington served this old traditional brew it to his Christmas guests at Mount Vernon. A gleaming crystal punch bowl filled with eggnog was as much a part of Christmas cheer then as a Christmas tree is now. Clearly this was a drink of the affluent in those ancient times now it is widely available with a choice of pre made carton packed affordable to most of us, however most are thick glutinous overflowing with calories and taste like the cartons they are packed in. The best part of the traditional festive time is the getting together is the effort you put into making homemade things which are part of the Christmas spirit and making your own from one of these easy and simple recipes that you can serve to your family or friends is something you can take pleasure in and the results are well worth that little effort at this most wonderful time of the year.

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