One of our family Christmas traditions is to decorate the tree and then have a glass of egg nog while admiring the tree. This year the grocery store was out of egg nog, so I thought I would attempt it on my own. I have to admit that egg nog has always been somewhat of an enigma to me, a thick drink with eggs, really? Plus I don’t especially like it, I mean I can barely get it down, so I try to sneak a glass of hot chocolate or coffee while my husband and kids enjoy the egg nog. I searched for a recipe and it didn’t seem too difficult, but of course I didn’t have several of the ingredients. I made adjustments to what I had on hand and it turned out way better than store bought. I don’t know why I would be surprised at that, but man, it was GOOD! And very obtainable. This version is not too rich, you could make it a little richer by replacing 1/3 of the milk with heavy cream. You have to try this, it really is easy and such an incredible holiday treat! I may never buy store bought again!
Homemade Egg Nog
8 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
6 cups whole milk
1 vanilla bean, split and seed scraped
3/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
With an electric mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale yellow. In a dutch oven or large pan add milk, vanilla beans with seeds, nutmeg, and cinnamon over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and pour about 1 cup of milk mixture into eggs, whisking as you pour to temper the eggs. Stir into remaining milk mixture and continue to cook over medium-high heat until thickened. Chill for 4 hours or completely cooled and serve.