What is the holiday season without eggnog? For centuries eggnog has been a celebratory drink all around the world and to me it is the first sign of good times to come. Eggnog has its roots in Europe, where it started out as a well-to-do people’s drink since eggs, sugar and milk were only available to the wealthy. It is believed that the tradition of eggnog began in the 17th century and was often used to toast to one’s health and always included strong English beer, also known as “noggin.”
When the drink found its way to Colonial America it became known as egg ‘n’ grog, due to Americans added twist of rum. Rum was far less expensive than the other liquors shipped from Europe and soon this classic drink was seen at all homes during holidays. The basic eggnog recipe still remains the same, although variations are common in different parts of the world and many families claim a secret ingredient in their version that makes it the best. Even our first president, George Washington, was known for his own eggnog recipe that included whiskey, sherry and rum.
In the Aroma Test Kitchen I always enjoy making my own version of popular recipes. Today I’m sharing an eggnog recipe with you that uses my own little secret ingredient, an Aroma Rice Cooker!
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 cup milk
1 cup cream
1/4 cup bourbon (optional)
1 tsp grated nutmeg, preferably fresh
4 egg whites
Beat egg yolks until pale yellow. Slowly add sugar while continuing to beat the eggs, until all sugar has dissolved.
Set your Aroma Rice Cooker to its Sauté-Then-Simmer™ function. Combine milk, cream and nutmeg in the inner pot and bring to slow boil, stirring occasionally. Temper the egg mixture by adding 1 cup of the hot liquid at a time, whisking continuously.
Return mixture to your rice cooker and heat until liquid reaches 160 F, about 15 min.
Remove from heat and add bourbon, if desired.
Chill in the refrigerator.
Beat the egg whites to soft peaks and add sugar until stiff. Combine with chilled mixture before serving.
Decorate with extra whipped cream and nutmeg on top. Enjoy!
Over to You
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