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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 Days of Christmas {Goodies}: Eggnog (Soy, Fish, Wheat and Nut-Free, Can Be Milk-Free and Diabetic Friendly)

 
 
Welcome to the eleventh day of
The 12 Days of Christmas {Goodies} link-up,
brought to you by Natural and Free and Glued to My Crafts! 
 
At the end of this post (and every post for the full extent of this link-up) you will get the chance to share your Christmas creations with us (details to follow).  And you'll want to share because we have some amazing giveaways  (among other things) planned! And we all know, there's nothing better than a holiday giveaway! :)
 
TOMORROW is the last day of our link-up! I can hardly believe it's been almost 12 days!  Thank you to all those who have submitted posts and made this link-up a success! :)  You have one more day to link-up, so please, keep linking up your crafts and goodies and tell your friends!  Remember, there is no limit to how many Christmas-y posts you can link-up and each post you submit is a chance to win the $12 gift card to Starbucks (courtesy of Stacey at Glued To My Crafts).  We are also featuring our TOP Five Favorites on the 13th as well as having another giveaway, so stay tuned!
 
If I haven't stopped by to check out your submission(s), I'll be there ASAP! :)  I can't wait to see what you've shared!
 
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And now *clears throat and begins singing to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas*:
 
On the eleventh day of  The Christmas {Goodies} link-up, Natural and Free gave to me:
 
11. Some yummy (cooked) Eggnog!
 
10. Traditional Swedish Tea Rings!
 
 
8. Delicious Peppermint Mocha!
 
 
 
 
 
3. Yummy Peppermint Fudge!
 
2. Cute and festive Pine Cones!
 
and
 
1. A recipe for Candied Pecans!

 
My husband LOVES Eggnog (sans alcohol).  I mean LOVES it.  He looks forward to this time of year so he can purchase it.  My mother is also a fan, but I have never been.  This particular eggnog, however, I don't mind.  It's not too thick (though it could be if you made it with whole milk or whipping cream or half and half or stirred in some sweetened whipped cream like some sites suggest before serving) and the flavor is nice without being in-your-face-over-the-top.  It tastes like a good custard should, in my opinion.   I like that the eggs are cooked, too.  That's a plus. :)
 
This recipe is slightly modified from one I found on Allrecipes.com as posted by   It is soy (if you use all soy-free ingredients), fish, wheat and nut-free, and can be milk-free and diabetic friendly (see variations).  I hope you enjoy my version of a holiday classic.
 
Eggnog
1 dozen Eggs
 
1/2 Cup white sugar
 
Dash of salt
 
8 Cups milk, divided
 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 
  1. Place the eggs, sugar and salt into a large pot and whisk until light colored and frothy.
  2. Whisk in 2 Cups of the milk until thoroughly blended.  (Note: You can use any percent milk (skim, whole, 2%, etc.).  The more milk fat you have, though, the thicker your custard will be.  You could even make this with half and half or whipping cream or a mixture of all of the above, if desired, but those choices are not always allergy-friendly, so use those with caution.)
  3. Place the pan over medium heat, continuing to stir until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon; about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove mixture from the heat and allow to stand 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the remaining 6 Cups of milk, vanilla extract and nutmeg.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to cool thoroughly before serving.
Makes 12 servings.
 

Variations:
  • Milk-Free: Use a dairy-free milk in place of the milk (I recommend SoDelicious). Just make sure your substitutions fit all your allergen needs.
  • Diabetic Friendly: Use an "approved for baking" sugar substitute (such as Splenda or Truvia) for the sugar. 
  • Garnish: Top each serving with sweetened whipped cream and/or ground nutmeg before serving.
  • Frothy Top: This is a neat trick I learned from my friend Heidi over at One Creative MommyTo get a nice frothy top, add the mixture to the blender and blend for a few seconds before serving.  It's genius and works like a charm...and it makes people think you're a pro in the kitchen. :)
  • Thicker Eggnog: If you want your Eggnog thicker, you can stir in sweetened whipped cream before serving (amount based on preference, but I'd say anywhere from 1 to 6 Cups).


 
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2 comments:

  1. YUM, sounds awesome! Got this tweeted and pinned!

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    1. Thanks! :) I just know my hubby likes it, so that makes me happy. :)

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