24 December 2009

Thursday Recipe - Christmas Eve Edition

One of the things that only comes around during the holiday season is Egg Nog. While most of us are content to buy our own from our local supermarket or convenience store, how about trying a homemade version year?

Homemade Eggnog

6 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups whole milk
1-1/4 cups bourbon
1 cup brandy or cognac
3 tablespoons dark rum
Ground nutmeg, for dusting

1. Beat the egg yolks in a large bowl with an electric mixer, gradually adding the sugar until the mixture is pale yellow. Set aside.

2. Place the cream in another bowl and beat until it holds soft peaks.

3. Stir the milk into reserved egg-yolk mixture. Then using a large rubber spatula, fold in the whipped cream.

4. Shortly before serving, GENTLY stir in the bourbon and brandy. Transfer to a punch bowl.

5. Beat the egg whites in a bowl with an electric mixer until they hold soft peaks; carefully fold into the eggnog. Drizzle the top with the rum; sprinkle with the nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Makes about 10 cups

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