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Classic Cooked Egg Nog

Classic Cooked Egg Nog

A classic traditional egg nog sure to swell the Holiday Spirit!

Ingredients

Eggnog

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 quart milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 or more garnishes

Garnishes and Stir-ins (choose 1 or several)

  • Chocolate curls
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Orange slices
  • Extracts or flavorings
  • Peppermint sticks or candy canes
  • Flavored brandy or liqueur
  • Plain brandy, rum or whiskey
  • Fruit juice or nectar
  • Sherbet or ice cream
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Whipping cream, whipped

Instructions

  1. In large saucepan, beat together eggs, sugar and salt, if desired. Stir in 2 cups of the milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon with a thin film and reaches at least 160 degrees F.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 2 cups milk and vanilla extract.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, several hours or overnight.
  4. Just before serving, pour into bowl or pitcher. Garnish or add stir-ins, if desired.
  5. Serve immediately.

Yield: 12 servings

For faster preparation heat milk until very warm before stirring milk into eggs and sugar.

Microwave: In 2-quart liquid measure or bowl, beat together eggs, sugar and salt, if desired, until thoroughly blended. Set aside. In 1-quart liquid measure or bowl, cook 2 cups of the milk on full power until bubbles form at edges, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir into egg mixture. Cook on 50% power until mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon with a thin film and reaches at least 160 degrees F, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 cups milk and vanilla extract. Continue as above.

All microwave cooking times are based on a full power output of 600 to 700 watts. For a lower wattage oven allow more time.

Photograph supplied by American Egg Board - recipe used with permission from Nestle and meals.com