It’s only 13 days until Christmas… And I have all my shopping yet to do!
We decorated our tree early last week, and we did our tradition of having eggnog while trimming the tree. Before, we had done a simple but good eggnog that I talked about last year.. This year, I tried one I’d seen Alton Brown do, and I think we’ve got a new favorite eggnog!
It’s not quite as simple as the old one, but it’s not much more difficult to make. The ingredients are simple, which also means they need to be fresh and of the best quality you can get.
- 4 egg whites
- 4 egg yolks (it’s nice how it works out to 4 of each, huh?)
- 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 pint whole milk
- 1/3 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon sugar
I put the egg yolks in a mixer bowl and beat on high until they lightened in color, then gradually mixed in the 1/3 cup of sugar to dissolve it. Then I added the milk and cream, as well as the nutmeg. (By the way, I intentionally misspelled the word ‘nutmeg’ in my 3rd grade class spelling bee because I was nervous about having to spell anything in front of the whole school… just a bit of weird info about me!) Oh, and I put in bourbon, to taste. The original calls for 3 ounces, but I think that’s a bit strong; I used about half that much.
I got out another mixing bowl and put the egg whites in it, then beat the whites until they made soft peaks.
I added in the 1/3 tablespoon of sugar and beat until the mixture formed hard peaks.
I got a hand whisk and added the egg whites to the other liquid, whisking it together. The egg white sit on top even after whisking together, and it all seems very ice creamy and rich and full of holiday wonder!
This is definitely worth a try! It’s not as simple as the old way, but it’s still not hard at all. Just use eggs you trust! The Food Network does include a cooked version, if you’re afraid of eating raw eggs.
Once the eggnog was ready, we decorated the tree, while watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, of course. What are your Christmas decorating traditions? Bucky even ‘helped’ out with decorating.