Christmas is almost here, and the excitement level is just off the roof. It is the day of the year my family consumes more food. There is a great variety of dishes during Christmas, and the list of sweets is endless. Last year my brother introduced something to our tradition, EGGNOG.
It is not news to many that eggnog is absolutely DELICIOUS. You will find it hard to believe that I lived in the USA for six years and I have only tried eggnog one time. I know, shameful! 🙂 I remember around this time of the year there was so much advertisement about this drink on the Fast Food Menus from Jack in the Box, McDonald’s. So sad it took me years to actually appreciate it. I am glad I started enjoying it nonetheless.
A fairly easy recipe to make, it reaches our taste bud with much needed bliss. It is usually made with eggs, milk, cream, nutmeg and the optional liqueur. I recommend having it with a small quantity of alcohol, delicious.
For the alcohol suggestion, think of brandy, Amarula or Baileys. Amarula is a drink made with cream, marula fruit and sugar. Marula tree is usually called the Elephant or Marriage tree. The fruit has a quite unique flavor, it reminds me of cashew but with a smoother taste. Try Amarula, it will add a new taste and a creaminess to the eggnog. You will love it! I can guarantee it 🙂 Despite not being a part of your Christmas tradition, it is a great addition to your menu. You can show your family how versatile your Christmas can be with this eggnog recipe. Lets get started 🙂
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cinnamon, 1 stick
- 2 tablespoons – 1/4 cup rum or brandy
- Amarula liqueur
In a saucepan, add the milk, heavy whipping cream, nutmeg, vanilla extract and the cinnamon. Turn on the stove to medium heat and let it boil for two minutes. Stir it occasionally and remove from the heat.
Meanwhile the milk mixture is cooling down, beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl. Once the eggs become lighter and pale, add the sugar gradually while beating.
Add to the egg and sugar mixture the recently boiled milk mixture. When mixed completely, transfer to the saucepan for one last time and allow it to cook. Remove from the heat and add the rum or brandy and the Amarula liqueur. Refrigerate it.
Beat the egg whites to soft peaks, and carefully mix it with the cooled milk and egg yolk mixture. Served and enjoy it!
Until next time, Hungry People.