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How to make eggnog

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One of the greatest treats associated with the holiday season is eggnog. Although the cartons on the grocery store shelf offer delicious varieties, making your own eggnog is simple and will add a homemade feel to your holiday festivities. Here are a few delicious recipes you can follow to make a nog your family and friends will love.

Traditional eggnog

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large saucepan, beat together the eggs and sugar. Stir in two cups of milk, and cook over low heat stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. (The proper consistency can be tested by dipping a spoon in—the mixture should coat the surface of the spoon with a thin film.) Remove from heat, and stir in the rest of the milk and the vanilla.

Cover the mixture, and place it in the refrigerator overnight. Pour into a bowl or a pitcher, and serve immediately.

Chocolate eggnog

This recipe is for the chocolate lover in the family.

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cups of chocolate milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua (optional) or strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup dark rum (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine milk and chocolate milk in a saucepan, and scald (do not boil). In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until thick. Add approximately 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture, and mix through. Add the milk and eggs to the rest of the milk, and place over low heat.

Add whipping cream and Kahlua, cooking and stirring until the mixture thickens. Do not boil. Remove from heat, and add rum and cinnamon. Let cool, and refrigerate until chilled. Serve and enjoy!

Decadent eggnog

This recipe is to teach you how to make eggnog for adults only, so be sure to put this version in a separate bowl away from the kids.

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 cups cream
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • Nutmeg (to sprinkle)

Separate the yolk from the whites of the eggs. Beat the yolks slowly while adding the sugar. Do this until the mixture is pale and golden. Slowly add in the brandy and the rum, and then beat in the milk and half of the cream.

Set the mixture aside, whisk the egg whites until stiff, and place them into the eggnog mixture. Whip the remaining cream and icing sugar until thick. Top each glass of eggnog with whipped cream and a shake of nutmeg.

Santa Claus eggnog

This nonalcoholic version is a perfect way to learn how to make eggnog that will allow the kids to enjoy it too!

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts whole milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup whipped cream

In a large saucepan, stir together sugar and flour. Slowly stir in the milk, and bring to a boil over medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Ladle a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, and quickly whisk together. Pour the yolk mixture back into the milk and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture boils. Remove from heat, and allow it to cool.

In a medium sized bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add the four teaspoons of sugar, and continue to beat until the peaks become stiff. Place egg white mixture into the eggnog, and refrigerate until chilled. Serve garnished with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg. Yum!

These recipes will turn you into a pro and teach you how to make eggnog for your friends and family this holiday season.

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