Christmas at my grandmother’s meant a huge pot of her homemade eggnog at least one of the nights of our holiday. The original called for one gallon of milk and 10 eggs! I’d like to tell you how it kept and whether we rewarmed it successfully the next day but I honestly don’t remember having any leftovers! It’s that good. As a child, I drank it plain. No nutmeg, and, of course, no bourbon. Now I love adding both.
8 1/2 cups or 2 liters whole milk
1 1/2 cups or 300g sugar
1 heaped tablespoon cornstarch
Nutmeg and bourbon or rum (Optional for serving but highly recommended)
Remove 1/2 cup or 120ml from your measured milk and set aside in a small bowl.
Heat the rest of the milk over a low fire. Do be careful not to let it scorch.
While your milk is warming: In a very large mixing bowl, beat the eggs until they are light yellow. Add the sugar to the eggs and beat until creamy and almost fluffy.
|Use a fork or small whisk to make sure there are not any lumps of cornstarch left.|
When the pot of milk comes to the boil, slowly add the cornstarch/milk, stirring quickly. (When I looked up the boiling point of milk, most references said it was close to the boiling point of water which is 212°F or 100°C but mine bubbled gently at about 190°F or 88°C. In case you are the thermometer-using type.) Cook for a few more minutes until it thickens slightly.
|I need three hands! I stirred like crazy before and then after I took the photo, as I kept pouring.|
Add a couple of cups of the hot milk to the egg mixture by pouring it in very slowly and whisking quickly.
|This is actually the second cup I am pouring in. I was whisking like a mad woman when |
the first hot cup drizzled in. You should do the same! In fact, don't stop to take photos at all.
Add all the now-warm egg/milk mixture back into the pot with the rest of milk.
Bring it to a gentle boil and let it thicken slightly.
|Go ahead and laugh but I wanted to show you my fake fireplace. In Dubai. |
It looks like flames from an inside light but it does actually have an air blower that puts out heat too.
|My cup! Get your own.|
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