It seems to me that eggnog is something that you either love or loathe. A lot of folks are put off by the though of drinking raw eggs – and, yes, when you put it like that I have to confess that it’s not really all that appetising a concept. But, this recipe is made by heating and lightly cooking all the ingredients, so that raw egg thing is completely banished, just leaving that rich and creamy dairy flavours!
This recipe does contain eggs that are lightly cooked, so this is not one for young children, the elderly or pregnant women – sorry folks!
This Easy-Make Eggnog recipe creates three wonderful festive drinks – a virgin blend, a spiked variation and then, because who doesn’t need a festive kick to their coffee, a specialty coffee recipe! Delicious!
Grab your supplies…
220g (7.5oz) white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Two cinnamon sticks – or 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
In a saucepan, combine the cream, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon stick and vanilla essence. Over a medium heat warm the milk through without bringing to the boil, stir occasionally to help the flavours to infuse.
Separate the egg yokes from the egg whites and set the whites of the eggs aside. Add 2/3 of the sugar to the egg yokes and beat until the grains are fully dissolved and the egg is a light golden colour. Slowly blend the hot milk into the beaten egg yokes and return to the saucepan and heat through on a medium heat. This will cook the egg yokes and will take around 10 minutes, the mixture will thicken up slightly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool, cover and place in the fridge to chill. Add the remaining sugar to the egg whites and beat until it forms foamy white peaks, this is added to the chilled eggnog mix just before serving.
To serve, stir in the foamy egg whites into the eggnog mix and add a generous dusting of fresh ground nutmeg for an intense festive flavour!
How about a spiked eggnog?Add a shot of rum to the glass and top with the eggnog mix, stir well with a cinnamon stick and serve with ground nutmeg.
Anyone for an Eggnog Latte?
Creating a festive specialty coffee is easier than you think! Brew a double espress of your favourite coffee, add in three tablespoons of delicious eggnog mix and top with hot milk – a dash of nutmeg is the finishing touch!
Of course, you don’t have to serve yours in a mason jar, but with all the dashing about and last minutes tasks on Christmas eve, a mason jar of eggnog latte is just te festive caffeine hit I need – plus this Cuppow travel lid, means that I can tote it about with me all morning and not end up leaving it somewhere to go cold! If you don’t already own a Cuppow travel lid, you might want to add one to your wish list!
Now, I’m sure that 16oz of eggnog latte will keep me going until the big day! Enjoy!