2020 has been a year when we turned bakers, chefs, brewers, wine-makers and so much more art home. Normally, I’d buy a box of Eggnog from the store but wasn’t a great fan of the taste. So, this year, the grand 2020 I decided to make eggnog at home, and Oh boy must I say, it was so soo good!! I even named it the ‘Festive Eggnog’.
Below are some other Christmas recipes to try:
- Traditional Mincepies
- Delectable Gingersnap cookies
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Naked Banana Cake with festive cheer
- Cranberry Almond Biscotti
- COMFORTING BEEF MINCE PIE
- Walnut & Sultana Cookies
- Creamy and rich Rice Pudding
SHORT NOTE ABOUT EGGNOG
Eggnog is a nourishing festive drink served either hot or cold. It is one of those drinks you must have during the Holiday season. You can make it extra boozy if you please and add whatever rum, brandy, bourbon you like.
This drink is called Eggnog as eggs are the key ingredient used to make it. Egg yolks are whisked with sugar until light, pale and fluffy. This is then tempered with some warm milk either infused with holiday spices or plain.
You flavour your eggnog with Vanilla bean paste, nutmeg, mixed spiced, ginger powder, cloves powder, etc. I flavoured the eggnog with some homemade mixed spice which also went in my Christmas cake. Besides that I used some Zimbro Doces Tradicionais Creme Pastel de Nata as my alcohol for this Eggnog recipe. I’m a huge fan of pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tart) so this was just perfect.
Once you make the eggnog, you can cook it on a low flame like a custard or just drink it chilled after tempering the eggs. This version adds raw egg whites whisked to stiff peaks and then just folded in. This makes the eggnog further lighter.
This eggnog remains for days refrigerated. When the alcohol is added it acts as a preservative.
- 4 nos Eggs Medium sized
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 2 cups Milk warm
- 1 tsp Spice mix extra for sprinkling on top
- 1/4 cup Pasteis de Nata liqueur or more
- Heat the milk and set aside until slightly lukewarm and not boiling.
- Start by separating the egg whites and egg yolks.
- Whisk the egg yolks with sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the alcohol and spice mixture to the egg yolks and sugar mixture and whisk until you achieve a ribbon like consistency.
- Finally add in the warm milk slowly, tempering the eggs.
- Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks and then fold this into the eggnog mixture.
- Serve warm or chilled.
- You can add the zest of any citrusy fruit like lemons, oranges, limes to flavour this eggnog.
- Substitute with any alcohol of your choice or omit it altogether.
- You can add thick double cream to this about 1/4 cup to make it more rich and creamy.
- If you don’t want raw eggs in your eggnog then cook the eggnog on a low flame until a custard like texture.
- For the homemade spice mix I added 2 tbsp ground ginger, 1tbsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tbsp ground cloves, 2 tbsp ground cinnamon, 4 tbsp mixed spice, 1/2 tbsp ground cardamom.
- Add more or less sugar according to your taste preference.
If you make this festive eggnog recipe then don’t forget to tag me on a post on Instagram using the hashtag #deliciouscravingsatvaniaskitchen.
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Happy Holidays xx