Monday, December 19, 2011

Comfort and Joy

One of the little special things I do for Christmas is make egg nog from scratch. I started making this when my boys were very young and made two batches, one with spirits and one without. It tastes just like a milkshake and is very simple to make.  It is called Comfort Eggnog, because it is made with Southern Comfort.

As the boys got older, they would try their hand at it, and it became a much anticipated and special family tradition, even for my Italian Christmas Eve.....

This past week I decided to make extra and gift it at some holiday celebrations which we had been invited to....

The glass litre bottles, made in France,  and found at the thrift store, were perfect decanters for dispensing the thick and creamy nog....

A small vintage cordial glass is all you need of this delicious beverage.....

.....after attaching a whole nutmeg for grating, I added some gold bullion and Christmas greetings to the gift.....

I hope you will enjoy this recipe, as much as my family has over the years.  Cheers!!!

Comfort Eggnog

6 eggs seperated
3/4 cup of sugar
2 cups of whipping cream or for my American friends heavy cream
1 cup of half and half
1 cup of whole milk
2 cups of Southern Comfort
Ground nutmeg

Seperate egg whites from yolks . Beat yolks with sugar till thick and lemon coloured.
Gradually add milk and half and half.
Fold in or incorporate whipping cream (whipped) with a wire whisk.
Add Southern Comfort.
Set aside.
Beat egg whites till stiff. Gently whisk into egg mixture. Chill well.
Serve with a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.

Makes 10  5 ounce servings.

The consistency should be billowy and cloud-like...

Stir well to incorporate cream which may rise to the top after refrigerating.

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