Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fresh Eggnog, very easy and oh so good

As we sat down for Advent, the snow was falling peacefully outside. We warmed ourselves by the fire and the kids gleefully sipped on small wine glasses filled with eggnog. They feel so grown up enjoying their special holiday drink.

For me it's not quite the Christmas season unless a glass of eggnog is being sipped on during the joyful time of decorating the Christmas tree, playing games together as a family near the fire and taking a quiet moment to celebrate Advent. While store bought eggnog may have a place, making fresh eggnog isn't hard and all the more enjoyed when the eggs come from your chickens and the cream and milk being used is from a wonderful raw milk source. You could almost call the drink healthy... almost. :)

This particular eggnog is creamy, yet light from the addition of the whipped egg whites. It's also not overly sweet, it more falls into the just right category for me. Some may prefer a bit more sweetness if more accustomed to store bought eggnog. If so, you can increase the sugar to a more desired amount. While it can stay in your fridge for several days, it's best enjoyed right after making it. It only takes about 15 minutes to make. 

What You'll Need
Note: Have all ingredients cold 

5 organic egg whites (get the freshest, best eggs you can possibly get)
5 organic egg yolks 
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp. organic sugar 
2 cups organic cream
3 cups organic whole milk
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract (try making it homemade)
1 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
fresh ground nutmeg for garnish (optional)

Getting Started

1. In a small bowl whip your egg whites with 1 tbsp. of sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.

2. In a second larger bowl whip cream and egg yolks with 1/3 cup of sugar until it's thickened, but not so much that it turns into whip cream.

3. Beat into the cream mixture the whole milk, vanilla extract and ground nutmeg.

4. Fold in gently the egg whites until nicely incorporated.

5. Drink immediately and enjoy!

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