Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Eggnog


It's that time of year when our tastebuds are on high alert. We get those yummy flavors we only get once a year. The roasted succulent turkey, the soft textured stuffing, the creamy mashed potatoes and yes, they are mostly smothered in delicious gravy.
On to the great desserts, the pumpkin and pecan pies send us straight to the moon.
I am on the chase for some great eggnog recipes. I like eggnog. I wait in anticipation for Starbucks to sell me their Eggnog Latte. This year I decided I was going on an eggnog adventure in the kitchen. You, my readers, are the recipients of my kitchen testing.
1. Eggnog pancakes
This is easy, just substitute eggnog for the liquid in the pancakes. Pretty tasty with the hint of nutmeg, but it makes the pancakes heavier. Since I am a "light and airy" pancake person, this one is off the list for me. If "light and airy" isn't your style, go for it as the flavor is great.
2. Eggnog French Toast. This is terrific! I made a small batch, but if you have several people in your family double of triple it. I used one egg (beaten), 1/2 cup eggnog and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Whisk it all together. Dip the sliced French bread in the mixture and fry in a small amount of oil until golden brown. I served it with butter and maple syrup. This was divine!

3. Pumpkin Eggnog Pie. I was surprise how good this was! If you're a pumpkin pie purist, don't go here. But if you're game for a slightly different flavor, it was very good. There is just a hint of nutmeg in this. Very simple. All you do is substitute the eggnog for the evaporated milk. The texture was the same.

4. Eggnog Creme Brulee Use any basic creme brulee recipe and substitute eggnog. It is very rich and has a terrific holiday flavor. I'd recommend it.
5. Eggnog quick bread.
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 3/4 cup eggnog
1/2 cup oil
You can add nuts and/or raisins also.
Blend, egg, eggnog and oil. Add dry ingredients. Grease loaf pan (9x5) and pour bread mixture into it. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Mix 2 Tablespoons of eggnog and powdered sugar to make an icing. Drizzle over the bread and slice to serve.

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