December 23, 2005

Mrs Big Dubya's Homemade Eggnogg Recipe

Over at Dadcentric, the fellas have been sharing their recipes for holiday cheer -- so here's a favorite from the Dubya house:


Combine 1 cup of whole milk with 1 cup of heavy cream and set it aside

In a large bowl, whisk together one dozen egg yolks with 1 1/3 cups of sugar and 1 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg -- just until they are well-combined.... don't over-whisk. Notes: Room temperature eggs make separating out the yolks a bit easier on the hands and.... don't waste your time with pre-ground nutmeg.... invest in a microplane and grate it yourself -- once you've had it fresh ground, you'll never use the pre-ground stuff again.

Next, whisk in 2 cups of whole milk, followed by 2 cups of heavy cream -- make sure you get all the stuff up off the bottom of the bowl with the whisk..... that egg/sugar mixture is sticky and tends to get caked on the bottom of the bowl.

Pour contents into large pot/saucepan and place over low/med heat. You'll need to stir it continuously until it thickens. I use a candy thermometer and get the mixture to about 175 degrees.... that gets you the right consistency and ensures the eggs are cooked through. Note: a wooden spoon works well here..... if you choose to use a whisk, you'll end up whipping quite a bit of air into the mixture -- the eggnog will have a frothy almost coolwhip like consistency. Again, make sure you stir up all the "stuff" that cakes on the bottom of the pot -- the egg/sugar mixture tends to settle and stick if you don't stir enough.

Once you get to 175 degrees (or the consistnecy of heavy cream) take off the heat -- don't overheat the mixture.... it will curdle on you. Stir in the reserved whole milk/heavy cream mixture and then pour entire mixture through a strainer and into a pitcher. Put the pitcher in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours.... cover and then chill for a bit longer.

Serve with your favorite booze -- we use Jameson in the Dubya household, but.... Cognac, dark rum or bourbon are favorites -- top with whipped cream and a dusting of fresh ground nutmeg.

Holiday Viewing Guide:
ABC Family
7:00 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys
8:30 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
10:30 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (an encore presentation)
8:00 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas


Kara said...

oh my god, you guys. my arteries are screaming for mercy for just reading that recipe. we're having healthy tenderloin of beef warpped in bacon for our christmas dinner. that's much healthier.

Kim said...

Happy holidays!

I hope the new year brings many blessings for you.

Love, Sassy.

CroutonBoy said...

Mrs. Big D,

I cooked up your egg nog recipe tonight, and it was a big hit. My left ventricle seems to have sealed itself off, but my tummy is loving you for it. Thanks!

croutonboy said...

Hey Mrs. Big D! Just wanted to let you know I'm cooking this up again this year. I haven't forgotten where the goodness came from...

Hope you guys are well!

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