Tested till perfect Vanilla Eggnog
Vanilla Eggnog
Photography by Matthew Kimura

Vanilla Eggnog

A smooth alternative to dessert, you can jazz up this fireside favourite — depending on your taste and what you have on hand — with one of our kicky variations. If you don't have a vanilla bean, add 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla to the cooled eggnog instead. If you like, sprinkle with 1 tsp (5 mL) grated nutmeg instead of the chocolate.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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  • Portion size 12 to 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1vanilla beanvanilla beans
  • 2 cups 2cups10% cream
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupgranulated sugar
  • 6 6egg yolkegg yolks
  • 2-3/4 cups 2-3/4cupsmilk, 675 mL

Toppings

  • 1 cup 1cupwhipping cream
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupgrated milk or bittersweet chocolate
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Preparation

Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise. In large saucepan, cook vanilla bean, 10% cream and sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until steaming and sugar is dissolved. Remove vanilla bean from pan. Using tip of knife, scrape out seeds and set aside; reserve pod for another use.

In bowl, whisk egg yolks until light-colour. Whisk in 1 cup (250 mL) of the hot cream mixture; pour back into pan. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, 5 to 7 minutes.

Strain into clean bowl; whisk in milk and reserved vanilla seeds. Let cool, whisking occasionally, for 10 minutes. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of eggnog; refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Toppings: Whip cream. Pour eggnog into chilled punch bowl or individual glasses. Top with whipped cream and chocolate.

 

Additional information :

Tip: You can use the pod from the vanilla bean to flavour sugar.

Variations:
White Chocolate Vanilla Eggnog:
Reduce milk to 2 cups (500 mL) and add 3/4 cup (175 mL) white chocolate liqueur, such as Godet.

Irish Cream Vanilla Eggnog:
Reduce milk to 2 cups (500 mL) and add 1 cup (250 mL) Irish cream liqueur.

Coffee Vanilla Eggnog:
Reduce milk to 2 cups (500 mL) and add 3/4 cup (175 mL) coffee-flavoured liqueur or strong brewed coffee. Garnish with chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Orange Vanilla Eggnog:
Stir in 2 tbsp (25 mL) orange juice concentrate, or reduce milk to 2 cups (500 mL) and add 3/4 cup (175 mL) orange-flavoured liqueur.

Nutritional Information Per each of 16 servings: about

cal 157 pro 4g total fat 11g sat. fat 6g
carb 11g fibre 0g chol 108mg sodium 42mg

% RDI:

calcium 9 iron 2 vit A 13 folate 6
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