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2012-12-23 11:21:35 PM
Killer eggnog french toast:
One day-old baguette, torn into shreds or sliced when fresh (too hard to do when already stale), soaked in eggnog and then baked 'til crispy. Incredible.
 
2012-12-23 11:22:30 PM
Here's my Egg Nog Science:

Buy Stewart's Shops Egg Nog (but not the Light). Then (optionally) add alcohol.

Stewart's Shops Egg Nog is the best store bought Egg Nog there is. My view is anyone that hasn't tried it can not truthfully say they don't like Egg Nog. Granted, it is only available in New York and Vermont as that is where their stores are.
 
2012-12-23 11:41:28 PM

CaptSS: Mister Peejay: I can't stomach eggnog with alcohol in it.

Without alcohol, I'll drink a couple gallons of it this month. Goooood stuff.

/try it in coffee or tea

I was beginning to think I was the only one that didn't like alcohol in it. Why mess with perfection?
Egg nog is glorious on its own. No need to reinvent the wheel.


I like it solo or with black spiced rum but you're right - unlike everything else known to man, eggnog is not necessarily improved by adding alcohol.
 
2012-12-23 11:52:42 PM

Super Chronic: Super Chronic: Buy store-bought (supermarket brand is fine); add a shot of Maker's or Jack or, really, whatever you've got in the cabinet; enjoy.

Also, don't waste the good Scotch on this.


Don't put ANY Scotch in it. There's no Scotch-ing in eggnog.
 
2012-12-23 11:59:18 PM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: I thought alcohol was a base, not an acid. Ditto for milk


Milk is actually a weak acid.

Pure alcohol (ethanol) has a neutral pH, like water. However, most alcoholic beverages are quite acidic, ranging in alcohol content from 7 Proof beer all the way to 100 Proof Wild Turkey.
 
2012-12-23 11:59:37 PM

Fritriac: Fark eggnog, i'll have cider and some 18 y/o scotch for whatever-mas.

/cheers


With Calvados, you can one-stop.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvados_%28brandy%29
 
2012-12-24 12:04:16 AM

elchip: Seriously, egg nog has got to be the most dangerous culinary item on the planet. It's got the fat and sugar content of ice cream, but you can guzzle down a pint of it without thinking twice.

At least, I can. But I'm also fat.

I don't know how they get away with calling half a cup a serving.


I was actually thinking about this the other day while having a glass myself. To drink a tall glass of egg nog with booze is to throw the biggest middle finger imaginable to your health, foodwise. Damn tasty, though. I guess you can always rationalize it by saying you're drinking egg nog instead of smoking a cigarette or shooting heroin (this time).
 
2012-12-24 12:09:32 AM

valkore: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: I thought alcohol was a base, not an acid. Ditto for milk

Milk is actually a weak acid.

Pure alcohol (ethanol) has a neutral pH, like water. However, most alcoholic beverages are quite acidic, ranging in alcohol content from 7 Proof beer all the way to 100 Proof Wild Turkey.


Well there you go. And all this time I blamed my D in first year chemistry on all that dope I was smoking.
 
2012-12-24 12:11:17 AM
Here's an idea. Screw the eggnog and just buy Advocaat. Add cinnamon or something.
 
2012-12-24 02:49:48 AM

Mister Peejay: I can't stomach eggnog with alcohol in it.

Without alcohol, I'll drink a couple gallons of it this month. Goooood stuff.


I do like boozed eggnog but it's awesome by itself, too.
I love the few days after Xmas where the supermarkets sell off their extra eggnog stock for like 50 cents a gallon.
 
2012-12-24 07:50:29 AM

Valiente: Fritriac: Fark eggnog, i'll have cider and some 18 y/o scotch for whatever-mas.

/cheers

With Calvados, you can one-stop.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvados_%28brandy%29


Nice fact here: I prefer to drink my scotch out of calvados glasses

/cheers again
 
2012-12-24 01:20:47 PM
Been attempting some paleo egg nog recipes -- haven't quite found a good replacement yet (need to find some full fat coconut milk next)

However... they did lead to me to discover a mix with egg nog that far surpasses rum.
Maple syrup whiskey + egg nog.
 
2012-12-24 02:10:19 PM

Gawdzila: I love the few days after Xmas where the supermarkets sell off their extra eggnog stock for like 50 cents a gallon.


I'll never forget the time I found eggnog for 25 cents/quart. Bought eight quarts. LUXURY!

I wasn't until I got home and sampled one that I realized:

It was February.
The display was unrefrigerated.

Two bucks down the drain.

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2012-12-24 09:55:55 PM

QuantuMechanic: Real 'nog, a'la my momma


I did a batch of this earlier today. Simplified a bit by using only rum instead of cognac and rum, but I went with 4C of 18% cream, 3C in the mix, and whipped the last cup and folded it in along with the egg whites at the end. You could almost eat it with a spoon, which may have been the better choice, given the well-concealed booze buzz. I don't think I can go back to store-bought again.
 
2012-12-25 07:35:08 AM

Twilight Farkle: QuantuMechanic: Real 'nog, a'la my momma

I did a batch of this earlier today. Simplified a bit by using only rum instead of cognac and rum, but I went with 4C of 18% cream, 3C in the mix, and whipped the last cup and folded it in along with the egg whites at the end. You could almost eat it with a spoon, which may have been the better choice, given the well-concealed booze buzz. I don't think I can go back to store-bought again.


You cannot leave out the Creme de Cacao! And the rum should be dark and unspiced, I suggest Myers's. Brandy can substitute the Cognac, although you can really taste the difference.

I just looked at the recipe again & I think she left out a step. It doesn't say when to add the cream/half&half. Will have to check on that.
 
2012-12-25 06:53:27 PM

QuantuMechanic:
You cannot leave out the Creme de Cacao! And the rum should be dark and unspiced, I suggest Myers's. Brandy can substitute the Cognac, although you can really taste the difference.

I just looked at the recipe again & I think she left out a step. It doesn't say when to add the cream/half&half. Will have to check on that.


Alas, I'm unable to rectify my second error because everything's closed today. But New Year's is coming up, so consider it done on the strength of last night's beta test. Thanks again.
(Agreed on cognac vs. brandy: all cognacs are brandy, but not all brandies are cognac. Won't skimp out on the chocolate liqueur, and might even try 35% heavy cream for half a batch; I can always cut it with milk to make 18%...)
 
2012-12-26 06:50:57 AM

Twilight Farkle: QuantuMechanic:
You cannot leave out the Creme de Cacao! And the rum should be dark and unspiced, I suggest Myers's. Brandy can substitute the Cognac, although you can really taste the difference.

I just looked at the recipe again & I think she left out a step. It doesn't say when to add the cream/half&half. Will have to check on that.

Alas, I'm unable to rectify my second error because everything's closed today. But New Year's is coming up, so consider it done on the strength of last night's beta test. Thanks again.
(Agreed on cognac vs. brandy: all cognacs are brandy, but not all brandies are cognac. Won't skimp out on the chocolate liqueur, and might even try 35% heavy cream for half a batch; I can always cut it with milk to make 18%...)


Creme de Cacao is not what you might think if you don't know it. Creme de Cacao is not a cream liquor like bailys, and it is not a dark liquor like kahlua. Creme de Cacao is clear, but tastes chocolaty. It is called creme because it is very silky and smooth, which is why it is such an important part of the 'nogg. Also, heed the note about prepairing it early and letting it sit for a few days, that really allows it to homogonize well. My mom makes it in a large bowl and then pours it into an empty milk gallon and leavves it in the fridge until party time (christmas morning).
 
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