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I got this recipe from my favorite literature teacher many, many moons ago, even before the concerns about raw egg yolks. There were so few people in the class, just enough to keep from being cancelled, that we'd usually meet at her home and drink tea and someone would bring cookies. During the holidays she made this for us. I've made eggnog from this recipe for years, especially since we shouldn't use raw eggs.
- In a large saucepan, mix the eggs, sugar, and salt, if used.
- Stir in 2 cups milk.
- Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and mixture coats a metal spoon (will read 160°F on a candy thermometer).
- Remove from heat and add 2 cups milk and extract.
- Chill several hours or overnight.
- Whirl in blender before serving.
- Add rum or brandy as desired, top with whipped cream and ground nutmeg.
I haven't used this recipe but I make a cooked eggnog and have for 40 years. THis is what I do different. I mix egg yolks and sugar in top of double boiler over medium heat. I whisk this till lemon colored and mixture is thick. It changes after a few minutes, but doesn't take long. then I follow the rest of the recipe. Mine is a litlle different, but the method works great. I don't use the whites. I have started using fat free cool whip instead of cream. I have never had the need to blend mine.
I do not like raw eggs and now . I could make eggnog . HOME made and not from a CAN.
This tasted exactly like real, raw-egg, eggnog. Mmmm! However, the custard broke a little despite very gentle heating and diligent stirring. I don't know if using a thermometer would have helped that or not. In any case, that made for an odd texture. I added a pinch of nutmeg to the custard as it cooked since my family always had nutmeg both in the eggnog and on top of it.