One of the things I love about the holiday season is eggnog. The creamy, smooth sweetness makes it one of my favorite holiday treats. I usually buy the light version, just so I can have more. This year I had trouble finding light eggnog. I don’t know of it’s not being made or just that it’s so popular, it was all sold out.
So you got it, I made my own! Who knew making eggnog was so easy?
Traditionally, eggnog is not cooked, is aged for several days and of course is fully boozed up. I wanted my eggnog to be lighter in calories but still extra rich, creamy and sweet – minus the booze. I kept the egg yolks and used reduced fat milk. I didn’t fully cook the eggs in the eggnog, I heated the eggnog in a sauce pan just until it began to thicken.
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I absolutely loved how the eggnog turned out and I loved it even more in my coffee. You really need to try this recipe!
- 4 Safe egg yolks
- 2 cups of 2% milk
- 1/2 cup of sugar (I used 1/4 cup of regular sugar and 1/4 cup of splenda, but you could also cut the sugar to 1/3 cup)
- 1/2 tsp of high quality vanilla
- 1/8 tsp all spice
- dash of nutmeg (for garnish)
- very strong coffee
- Heat milk, all spice and vanilla over medium heat until simmering.
- Meanwhile, beat egg yolks until fluffy and gradually add sugar. Keep beating eggs until sugar is dissolved.
- Continue beating the eggs on low and gradually add the hot milk to the eggs. Keep beating and and the milk slowly, so you don’t scramble your eggs.
- Return the eggnog mixture to the sauce pan and heat over medium low, stirring constantly until the eggnog begins to thicken. (The eggnog should coat the spoon.)
- Transfer to a serving container and chill until ready to serve. (Unless you are making lattes, then you want the eggnog hot.!)
Now it’s your turn to chime in… I would love to know what your favorite way to incorporate eggnog into recipes is!
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