“Almanzo trudged slowly toward the hayfield with the heavy pail and a dipper. He thought to himself that the pail was too full, he might spill some of the egg-nog… He should do something to save it. So he set down the pail, he dipped the dipper full, and he drank. The cold egg-nog slid smoothly down his throat, and it made him cool inside… Father always maintained that a man would do more work in his twelve hours, if he had a rest and all the egg-nog he could drink, morning and afternoon.“
It is believed that eggnog developed from a drink in the Middle Ages and became popular in America in the late 1700s. Today, we can find the drink conveniently stocked in our supermarkets in cartons and in bottles fresh from the local dairy.
But when it is such an easy recipe, why not try making old-fashioned eggnog right in your own kitchen? Whip up a warm batch and open your favorite Little House on the Prarie book or tune in for your favorite “Little House on the Prairie” television episode.
Eggnog Recipe Ingredients
How to Make Homemade Eggnog
To whip the egg whites you can use a mixer or whip by hand with a wire whisk. To use a whisk, make sure you first start with a clean bowl. Any grease in your bowl will keep the egg whites from thickening up correctly. Also, letting the egg whites reach room temperature will help in the whisking process.
For added flavor, you can add one teaspoon of vanilla or rum extract after adding the heavy cream to the egg yolk mixture.
1. Separate eggs carefully and put egg yolks and egg whites into two separate mixing bowls.
2. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together with a whisk well until fluffy.
3. Add the milk and then the cream to the egg yolk mixture (not the egg whites). Mix in any additional extracts and then set the bowl in the refrigerator to chill.
4. Use your mixer or a whisk to beat the egg whites into soft peaks. Try to ensure that you do not overwhip the egg whites. They will still be usable but will not incorporate as nicely with the rest.
6. Spoon into individual mugs carefully. Sprinkle nutmeg on the top and serve. Enjoy!
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