I know I've said in the past that I am not an egg nog fan, because I think it just tastes like uncooked pumpkin pie filling. But this recipe has completely changed my mind!
I've made this homemade egg nog several times over the past month, and everyone who has tried it is amazed by the creaminess and delicious flavor!
This recipe should earn me a few points with "real foodies", too. ;) The ingredients are all natural, "real" foods. Of course, this egg nog is a sweet dessert beverage... but it's sweetened with maple syrup! Does that sound odd to you? Well, it tastes amazing! Erica was my recipe inspiration.
Since I was never an egg nog fan (until now), I have to rely on input from others. My friend Jamie came over last week and I served her some of my homemade egg nog. Jamie has been to chef school, worked at restaurants, and loves to experiment in the kitchen. I like to ask her for ideas and help when I'm doing something new, since she's worked with a lot of different foods and ingredients.
I poured a large glass of egg nog for Jamie and when I handed it to her she said, "Wow, is this all for me?!"
Okay, so 2 cups is a huge serving. But when she tried it, she exclaimed about how good it was... and didn't have a problem drinking the whole glass full! (Her 2-year-old son had seconds and asked for thirds!)
Jamie said that when I told her how I made the egg nog, she thought maple syrup in egg nog sounded a little odd. But, she agreed that it did give a great flavor! The homemade egg nog isn't as yellow as egg nog from the store (though that could be fixed with food coloring if desired). It's also not quite as thick.
I do recommend using a thermometer when making this egg nog. A candy thermometer or meat thermometer should work fine; you just need to get the milk and egg mixture heated up to about 160-165 degrees.
Eggs boil at 180 degrees, so you want to stay below that at all costs or your egg nog will be chunky, no matter how much you whisk it, both during and after heating. I've tried to make my recipe instructions really clear so you can get the perfect homemade egg nog on your first try! :)
Despite needing to accurately gauge the temperature when heating, this egg nog really is an easy recipe and will have your family and friends raving about it! :)
See also: Eggless "egg nog", a blended drink that uses an instant vanilla pudding mix for additional flavor and thickening. Joshua really liked that recipe too, but I prefer the simpler flavors of the 100% homemade recipe I've been making.