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Holiday Eggnog

Holiday Eggnog
Prep Time BG 10

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Cook Time BG 15

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Total Time BG 25

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Serving BG 12

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In holiday conversations there is often no middle ground when the topic is Eggnog. Love it or hate it, Eggnog is one of the most popular December beverages, and, as a recipe ingredient, it imparts creamy, rich flavor to quick breads, waffles and pancakes, sauces, and cookies. If a recipe calls for milk, eggnog can serve as a seasonal substitute when the flavor profile fits.

Recipe written and created by Heather McPherson

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 cups whole milk, divided (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (see note)
  • Cinnamon sticks or candy canes for stirs
  • Additional grated nutmeg for garnish

Preparation

In holiday conversations there is often no middle ground when the topic is Eggnog. Love it or hate it, Eggnog is one of the most popular December beverages, and, as a recipe ingredient, it imparts creamy, rich flavor to quick breads, waffles and pancakes, sauces, and cookies.  If a recipe calls for milk, eggnog can serve as a seasonal substitute when the flavor profile fits.

December is National Eggnog Month, a 31-day salute to one of the most versatile uses for fluid milk. There are about 125,000 dairy cows in Florida that collectively produce about 300 million gallons of milk a year. So, our farmers are in the thick of the Eggnog excitement so to speak.

Supermarkets and specialty stores are stocking a variety of flavored Eggnogs this season. From pumpkin pie spice to peppermint, there are a variety of options to try. In addition, home cooks can infuse plain Eggnog to create personalized palate pleasing beverages.

But it all starts with nutritious, healthful Florida milk. Traditional recipes call for raw eggs, but today we are sharing a recipe that cooks the eggs. Eggnog fortified with alcohol is also a time-honored tradition. While bourbon, sherry, and Madeira are popular choices, rum-laced Eggnogs are a popular choice in Florida and the Caribbean.

If holiday travels take Eggnog fans outside the United States, look for Rompope in Mexico, or Coquito in Puerto Rico.

However, you like your Eggnog, Cheers from our farms to your homes!

  1. Beat the eggs, sugar and salt in large saucepan or small soup pot until all ingredients are well-blended. Stir in 2 cups milk. Place pan on stovetop over low heat, stirring until mixture coats the back of a spoon and the temperature reaches 160F, about 15-20 minutes. Do not boil liquid. Remove the pan from stovetop.
  2. Stir in remaining milk, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Refrigerate until completely chilled. Garnish servings with additional nutmeg and serve with cinnamon sticks and candy canes for stirrers.

Test Kitchen notes

  • For a party, set up an Eggnog bar with bourbon and rum, and let guests fortify their own servings.
  • All forms of cow’s milk work well in this recipe. The higher the percentage of milk-fat, the richer the taste.
  • Almond extract can be substituted for vanilla.
  • You can be creative with flavorings. Orange and lime zests, strawberry puree, mint extracts are all good choices.
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