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Sunday, December 4, 2011

How To Make Eggnog (without using heavy cream)

Delicious, creamy eggnog is a christmas season favorite, and surprisingly easy to make. You can add a bit of rum to make this classic eggnog if you like, or you can keep it kid safe by just following the recipe I've given below. It's a wonderful treat, especially when served with freshly baked eggnog latte cupcakes. I'll be making a recipe post for those next, so save a bit of eggnog and vanilla frosting if you'd like to try them out.

Since it's holiday season I decided to give a try at making eggnog from scratch, but I quickly came across an issue. Most eggnog recipes call for heavy cream, which is a bit hard to find around my area. Any recipes without the use of heavy cream used milk, half & half, or whipped cream replacements, but it seemed that people were having a problem with getting that rich and creamy texture heavy cream recipes offer. In light of this I put together my own recipe on eggnog without use of heavy cream, which still allows for a very creamy texture. It only takes about 20 minutes to make.

What You Will Need:
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups of milk or 2 cups milk and 1 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • vanilla frosting
  • optional spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc ( i used 1/3rd of a candy cane stick which adds a peppermint flavor and a pink hue if you stir it for a moment)
Step 1:   Put 6 eggs in a large sauce pan and sugar. Whisk until smooth.

Step 2:   Add 2 cups of milk, whisk until blended. Place over medium heat and whisk for about 5-10 minutes or until the texture is thick/frothy and sticking to your spoon. Do not cook too long or it will become lumpy.

Step 3:   Take off heat, add 2 heaping table spoons of vanilla frosting and a cup of milk or half & half.

Step 4:  Add spices and stir in. If you want it to have a peppermint flavor, break up a candy cane and toss that in. Mix until the eggnog is pink, then scoop out the remaining bits of candy cane (or leave them in if you prefer). 

Step 5:   Taste. If you want it thicker, add more vanilla frosting. Let the eggnog cool for an hour or two in the refrigerator, then serve.

If you wish to have peppermint flavored eggnog, add candy cane sticks. Not only does it look nice, but giving a few stirs while the eggnog is still hot will give it a swirly pink look. Candy canes have the perfect flavor of sweet peppermint, and there are a number of different kinds available. A pack of candy canes only costs about a dollar or two and they can be found all over the place during holiday season. Other delicious spices you can add are nutmeg, chai, cinnamon, and clove. Many of these work well together or alone. I made my eggnog with half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of clove. It tastes delicious, especially with the peppermint.


Anonymous said...

No measurements for spices! But my cousin and I added to taste and we also added ginger we also used almond milk and it didn't thicken on the stove but it still worked overall the resipe was somewhat helpful

Anonymous said...

It was really thin but delicious

Unknown said...

Spices to taste works great, also in lieu of a candy cane, mint extract works wonderfully.