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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Homemade Eggnog and Biscotti

For this months improv challenge, Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker assigned us eggnog and cranberries.  I tossed around the idea of making an upside down eggnog cake with cranberries, or eggnog cookies with cranberries, but then I thought, rather then making one item with both ingredients, I can make two! Hence, the homemade eggnog and biscotti with dried cranberries!

Believe it or not, I have never actually been a fan of eggnog itself.  For some reason I could never stomach the drink.  However, I decided that I would try to make it on my own this year and see if I could enjoy the drink for once! Thanks to Alton Brown's recipe from Food Network, I think I may actually love eggnog now.  That's right, not like, but love!

Homemade Eggnog with Biscotti 

-4 egg yolks
-1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
-2 cups whole milk
-1 cup heavy cream
-2 to 3 ounces bourbon and/or brandy (optional)
-1 teaspoon nutmeg
-4 egg whites

In a bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale yellow. Add in the milk, cream, alcohol if using, and nutmeg.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they begin to form soft peaks.  Add in the tablespoon of sugar and continue to beat until the egg whites form stiff peaks.

Gently fold the egg whites into the liquid mixture.  Chill in the refrigerator (or in the freezer for a few minutes) and serve cold.

Sip, slurp, and enjoy!

For the homemade biscotti recipe, click here.

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  1. I love finding a recipe I was just discussing with someone:-) I honestly didn't realize how fun and easy it was to make eggnog:-) Your eggnog and cranberry biscotti look fantastic! Hugs, Terra

  2. Delicious! I have made Alton's eggnog before and it's delicious! Your biscotti are perfect! Really stunning!

  3. Haven't made eggnog before...sounds fantastic with biscotti!

  4. This looks great! I’m #2 in the challenge, I hope you’ll stop by and visit :)

  5. Hello fellow ICC blogger. Your eggnog looks like creamy wonderfulness! Cannot wait to make some for the holidays.Come visit and check out our cookie. Also be sure to register to win the wonderful book we are giving away. Today is the last day. Look for the Southern Fried Women post.

  6. There are few holiday treats I love more than homemade eggnog. Looks amazing! I'm not a cranberry lover, so I'd prefer a different biscotti flavor, but the biscotti itself looks like it came out with the perfect texture!

  7. I made biscotti too! Great minds think alike! I didn't make my eggnog from scratch first though, so my hat's off to you.

  8. I can't wait to try your egg nog recipe. I have never made it from scratch, but it looks delicious! Great looking biscotti also!!

  9. Your biscotti looks fantastic. Makes me want some and a nice delicious hot chocolate.

  10. I'm not really a fan of eggnog, but this does look delicious! The store bought stuff just doesn't do it for me, but anything homemade is usually 10-times better! The biscotti looks wonderful as well, a perfect pair!

  11. Your pictures are so great! Biscotti was a great choice!

  12. This looks like a perfect holiday food gift. Yum!

  13. Alton Brown is a great one for explaining how to make things well. Looks like two great treats!

  14. I'm not sure I've ever actually known HOW to make eggnog--thanks for sharing the recipe! I'll bet this is much better than storebought.

  15. MMmm! Well, personally I love eggnog! I haven't had any this season yet. None in stock at my grocery story. Hopefully we'll have some next week. I'd love to try this biscotti!


  16. We love eggnog around here but honestly have never made it at home - there's too much else going on in the kitchen at this time of year! Your recipe looks yummy though, and cranberries are perfect for a festive biscotti. Looks like you rose to the challenge!

  17. How did I miss this???? Yeah, I am certain your homemade eggnog is a winner! I'll keep this recipe in mind if I ever need to make a batch! And cranberry biscotti sounds fabulous, too. Happy Holidays!

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