Holiday Egg Nog

So how is everyone coming along with their Christmas preparations?  We finished up our Christmas cards AND finally bought the Christmas tree this weekend.  Our whole house smells like Frasier fir and I’m loving every minute of it.  Now the real craziness begins.  Between the baking, the cleaning (guests arrive in just over a week, can you believe it?) and the cupcake competition, my calender is chocked full.  That’s right, cupcake competition.  I’ve been baking cupakes like a crazy woman trying to come up with THE perfect winning recipe for the upcoming competition at The Ballantyne Hotel on Sunday here in Charlotte.  The winner gets an overnight stay in their extravagant Plaza suite.  Bring it on.

My first thought for the cupcakes was to incorporate egg nog in some shape or form.  I originally bought the boxed egg nog but quickly decided that I could nab two recipes in one go and whip up a batch of the homemade stuff.  Let me tell you, I’m pretty sure I won’t be buying the store bought stuff again because homemade egg nog is Da Bomb. My kids can’t get enough of the stuff.  They take theirs with a little chocolate syrup swirled into the cup for an extra special treat.  And me? I enjoy swirling something a little more “adult” into the cup.   Pure flavor heaven.

Ingredients Needed:

4 Egg Yolks
1/2 Cup of Sugar
2 Cups of Milk
1 Cup of Heavy Cream
1/4 tsp of Allspice
1/2 tsp of Nutmeg
1/2 tsp of Cinnamon

Add your egg yolks and sugar to a mixer.  Whip it up good until the mixture turns a light yellow color.

Now, grab your small saucepan and add to it the milk, heavy cream, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Heat it up to just boiling and remove it from the heat.  Grab about a half a cup of the hot milk and add it into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.    Now add the tempered egg mixture back into the rest of your milk mixture, continuing to whisk constantly.

Put the mixture back on medium low heat and cook, stirring often, until it thickens.

Pop it into a container and set it in the fridge to cool completely.

Bring on the chocolate syrup and bourbon.

I am linking this post up to Hearth and Soul’s blog hop.

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Holiday Egg Nog

Ingredients:

4 Egg Yolks
1/2 Cup of Sugar
2 Cups of Milk
1 Cup of Heavy Cream
1/4 tsp of Allspice
1/2 tsp of Nutmeg
1/2 tsp of Cinnamon

Directions:

Add the egg yolks and sugar to your mixer. Whip it up good until the mixture turns a light yellow color.

Now, grab your small saucepan and add to it the milk, heavy cream, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Heat it up to just boiling and remove it from the heat. Grab about a half a cup of the hot milk and add it into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.

Now add the tempered egg mixture back into the rest of your milk mixture, continuing to whisk constantly.

Return the egg nog to medium low heat and cook, stirring often until mixture thickens.

Pop it into a container and set it in the fridge to cool completely.

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32 Responses to “Holiday Egg Nog”

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    debbie — December 13, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    Wow! I can’t imagine adding in something like a cupcake competition to this already crazy season! Sounds delicious.
    Came over from SITS to say hi.

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    5 Star Foodie — December 13, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    Perfectly delicious looking egg nog! Very nice!

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    Emily Z — December 13, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    Yum! I love egg nog, I had some last night, but not my own! I can’t believe how crazy busy you sound. I have an artificial tree that my mother in law gave us, that’s small and fits perfectly in our small house. Maybe some day we will get a real tree, we just haven’t done it yet. Good luck in the cupcake competition, can’t wait to hear all about how you kick some cupcake butt! :)

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    UrMomCooks — December 13, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    Sooo want to make this!!! I must carve out the time to make a batch – my family is wild for eggnog and they would love this too!

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — December 13, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    Yummy! I love egg nog. I can’t wait to have some. I was just on my way to the grocery store where I could have bought things like heavy cream to make delicious treats. I turned around because it’s too stinkin’ snowy. Maybe tomorrow!

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    Faith — December 13, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    You’ve done it again Julie! I love your egg nog. It looks perefect! What a wonerful drink for the holiday season!.

    Have a great week a head.

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    Summer — December 13, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    The competition sounds sooo fantastic and super cool !!!
    All the best to u and hope ur hard work does pay off ,and u have this absolutely yummy recipe!
    Really good!
    All the best again and am looking forward to hear more about this and the holiday season too!
    Sounds like u sure are gng to have ur hands full….

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    Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} — December 13, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    Egg nog hasn’t been a tradition in our family. I have no earthly idea why. But, I’m thinking it’s time to whip up your recipe and make it a tradition! :) Best wishes on the competition and on your full schedule.

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — December 13, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    Heaven sounds right! My husband can’t stand eggnog, but the rest of us wait all year for it! I love the idea of the chocolate syrup!

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    Katerina — December 13, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    I have never tried egg nog. This one looks so creamy.

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    Samantha — December 13, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    You should really try this Vegan version! So good & saves you money on eggs http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes/60/327

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    Rita — December 13, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    Have not made egg nog in such a long time; yours looks fantastic.

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    Blond Duck — December 13, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    If I had to do a cupcake competition on top of everything, I’d sit down and cry.

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    Annie — December 13, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

    A dear friend of my mothers made the best home made eggnog. A few years ago she passed away along with her recipe. The store bought stuff is disgusting. I really want to make eggnog for christmas and I think I just found my recipe! Thanks and have a great week!

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    Pattyann — December 13, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

    We love holiday eggnog, and for an extra special treat, we put it in the ice cream freezer and make egg nog ice cream. It is totally amazing.

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    Juliana — December 13, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

    I love eggnog…yours look so tasty, creamy and so full of flavor…yummie!

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    Anna Johnston — December 13, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

    You know Christmas is just about here when the yummy eggnog recipes start coming out. :)

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    rebecca — December 13, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

    so proud of you for the competition and the egg nog looks perfect

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    Tanvi@SinfullySpicy — December 14, 2010 @ 3:05 am

    I have drink store bought eggnog as a dessert before going to sleep.This looks awesome..you made it at home .

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    Laura in Cancun — December 14, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

    I only had eggnog once, and it was amazing! I hope my mom decides to make some this year…

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    anne — December 14, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    we have a frasier fir as well–love it! and this recipe, anne

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    Ma What's For Dinner — December 14, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    Everything is purchased, nothing is wrapped.

    I don’t know if I actually like egg nog. I like the idea of it, and the smell, especially if booze is involved, but I don’t think I really like the taste. I’m a weirdo…

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    Monet — December 14, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

    Someone asked me what egg nog was composed of the other night…and I had no idea so I made my answer up! I’m glad to report that I was pretty close! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I hope you are having a beauty-filled afternoon!

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    Mariam — December 14, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    I’ve been wanting some good eggnog, and where I live, it isn’t available! This sounds too good to be true….so excuse my ignorance, but doesn’t the yolk cook and form little chunks??

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    Butterpoweredbike — December 15, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    Now, I’m the type of person who can happily live without all of the cookies and candy and whatnot, but egg nog is a holiday tradition that I’m happy to indulge in every year! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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    ingrid — December 15, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    Oooo, to think I might have missed this beauty. We love eggnog. I can only imagine just how much yummier homemade is over canned or boxed. Thanks for sharing & good luck with the cupcakes!
    ~ingrid

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    Jason@JLHealth — December 15, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

    Hahahaha!! How did you know I was thinking of chocolate syrup and bourbon?? Great recipe and thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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    Holly L — December 17, 2010 @ 1:33 am

    I only had egg nog for the first time last year and I would love to make it myself. YUM!

    A cupcake competition sounds FAB!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 21, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    Looks and sounds awesome! Happy holidays to you and your family!

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    Annie — January 4, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    Just wanted to say that I made this egg nog for a Christmas brunch (doubled the recipe) and it’s definitely the best I’ve ever had! One word of caution though: unfortunately when I was heating it up in my Dutch oven I let it get too hot and it curdled. The texture suffered, but the taste was still great!

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