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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Eggnog in my coffee

Yes indeed, it's that time of year again.

The weather is finally turning chilly... the leaves have all turned... people are bustling about in heavy coats and hats... Hanukkah candles are twinkling in windows wherever you look... and last night I whipped up our first batch of eggnog!

Can you tell I'm a transplanted New Englander?  :-)

One of the traditions I hope never to give up is that of enjoying the occasional glass of eggnog during the Thanksgiving/Hanukkah season.  But unlike when we lived in Connecticut, I can't run out and pick up a half gallon of this rich, creamy stuff at the local grocery story.  Instead, it has to be made at home... the old fashioned way.

Here is the recipe I use most often which serves about 6 people (recipes for larger and smaller batches can be found in this archived post):

Traditional New England Eggnog (source here):

INGREDIENTS:

6 eggs
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup brandy
1/3 cup dark rum
   [Note: We use a cup of bourbon and leave out the brandy and rum)
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups milk

PREPARATION:

All liquids should be very cold. Refrigerate in advance.
Beat the eggs for 2 or 3 minutes with an electric mixer at medium speed until very frothy. Gradually beat in the sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Turn the mixer off and stir in the cold brandy, rum, [or bourbon] whipping cream and milk Chill before serving. Sprinkle individual servings with more nutmeg.

Additional note:  You can leave out the alcohol altogether for a yummy treat the kids will ask for again and again!

Makes about 2-1/2 quarts

We are going over to my parent's place in Jerusalem Saturday night for our traditional fifth night latke and eggnog celebration Saturday night.  What's that you said?  You don't remember what's so special about the fifth night of Hanukkah?  Shame on you!  Go here and catch up!

In the mean time, I have to leave for work now... but not before I add a big splash of eggnog to my coffee.

Posted by David Bogner on December 6, 2007 | Permalink

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Am I too tired to think straight (it's 1am here), or is the menorah on your ring backwards?

Posted by: Fern R | Dec 6, 2007 11:07:10 AM

Fern R... It's a signet ring. It's supposed to be backwards so that when pressed into sealing wax the reverse image is correct. Go to sleep! :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Dec 6, 2007 11:15:39 AM

It's amazing how educated I've become from your blog! I just love that piece of information about the fifth night that I don't think all that many people are aware of. I am going to be the hit of the party on Saturday night when I tell my cousins at my FIRST Israeli Chanuka party; especially when they taste the eggnog I now plan on bringing....

By the way, how many cups of coffee do you drink at work? Are your bosses aware that you may be slightly sloshed today?

Posted by: Baila | Dec 6, 2007 12:18:15 PM

mind you, with LaG be'Omer being the 5th day of the 5th week, then 5 doesn't come out badly out of it. Then again if you count from Nissan then Av is the 5th but that's also T'U Be'Av so it all evens out

Posted by: asher | Dec 6, 2007 2:45:47 PM

It's a good thing that in Israel you don't have to worry about possible salmonella in the raw eggs in the non-alcoholic version.

Posted by: Barzilai | Dec 6, 2007 5:12:46 PM

Remembering my Chanukah dinner with you guys last year, I think it was the 7th night. How come you didn't serve eggnog? ;)

Posted by: SaraK | Dec 6, 2007 6:19:11 PM

Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try it. I am thinking of adding peppermint to it Somehow, that sounds so delicious.

Posted by: Jaime | Dec 6, 2007 8:46:12 PM

and in any case the 5th candle will have the Havdala candle to light its way into a new week, so no-one gets left out of the scheme

Posted by: asher | Dec 7, 2007 10:20:19 AM

Happy Chanukkah! I am a newbie to eggnog, and I am in love with soy eggnog heated and mixed with hot chocolate powder. If you like it in coffee, try it that way as well.

Posted by: Rivkah | Dec 9, 2007 8:31:34 AM

Baila... The batch for my coffee was the non-alcoholic version. :-)

asher... Interesting.

Barzilai... Who says we don't have salmonella here? :-)

SaraK... We usually save that for people we like. ;-) When are you coming back again?

Jaime... Oh please don't! Peppermint in eggnog?! Yuck!!!

asher... True, but you don't leave the havdallah candle burning (at least we don't).

Rivkah... You lost me at 'soy'. :-

Posted by: treppenwitz | Dec 10, 2007 3:30:22 PM

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