Along with baking a boatload of cookies for the boy’s Festivus party, I agreed to make homemade eggnog. Honestly, I have no idea what possessed me to agree to this. We were at a Christening luncheon; I was talking to our friend Erin; one thing led to another, and I had committed myself to making homemade eggnog. I suppose it was the challenge that had me agreeing. Because here’s the thing, I don’t even like eggnog.
Or at least I didn’t… until I tried this stuff.
Originally I planned to use this recipe from Cooking Light, but after reading the reviews, I changed my mind. People just didn’t seem impressed. A quick Google search landed me on Alton Brown’s Eggnog recipe. The reviews were stellar, the recipe had a short ingredients list, and the directions were pretty basic. Plus, Alton has never let me down before. I tripled the recipe.
- 12 pasteurized eggs**
- 1 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
- 3 pints (6 cups) whole milk
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 9 ounces spiced rum
- 3 teaspoons nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons vanilla
- Separate the eggs.
- Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, rum and nutmeg and stir to combine.
- Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve.
For food safety purposes the pasteurized eggs are really important. Any time you’re making a recipe that calls for eggs which will not be cooked, you should use pasteurized eggs. I don’t know if it was the pasteurization process or just this particular batch of eggs, but they were a bitch to separate. Finally, the original recipe didn’t call for vanilla, but I found the rum flavor was a bit heavy so I added the vanilla to tone it down some. Subbing vanilla sugar probably would have been delicious as well.
I absolutely loved this eggnog. I’ve always thought eggnog to be absolutely repulsive, but I will definitely be adding this recipe to my holiday repertoire.