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Christmas Nogginfogger

The other night I came home, absurdly late due to work. In my absence, pyr8queen had turned Tortuga-on-Venice into a Christmas haven; there were lights strung around the apartment, a tiny tree laden with way too many ornaments, and a wreath on the door.

I figured if she could surprise me with something seasonally festive while working late, I could do the same for her - she's spending the week on the set of one of the music videos for "The Watchmen". So when she got home last night, I was in the middle of making some home-made eggnog.

Let me tell you, that stuff is a PAIN to make, and I still didn't really do it quite right. My little mixer would overheat and give out before the various separated parts got quite thick enough. Never the less, the result was foamy, tasty, and absurdly alcoholic. I went with the traditional variety with bourbon and brandy, rather than rum.

The method follows:

Separate a dozen eggs.
Beat the yolks with 1 3/4 cups of sugar on high for ten minutes until it's as thick as butter. Slowly stir in 2 cups of bourbon and 1 3/4 cup of brandy. Set aside to cool. Just before serving, beat the whites until it's thick and has ridges. Beat two cups of cream until it's thick and has ridges. Stir 6 cups of milk and 2 1/2 tblspns of nutmeg into the yolk mixture, then fold in the cream and the egg whites. Stir. Set aside some ibuprofen, you will need it in the next day.


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Dec. 17th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Really? When Rusty makes it, it seems fairly easy. Maybe you need a new mixer?
Dec. 17th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
It's a solid half hour of mixing. And yes, I need a new mixer! We've just got one of those little ones that's like a wand, not a bowl or stand mixer.
Dec. 17th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Actually for that what you need is a hand mixer. Not the boat motor type, but the type with the egg beaters on the end.

You can get one of those on the cheap at the Wal-Marts, Targét, etc.
Dec. 17th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
"Immersion blender" - that sounds like what you have as opposed to a hand mixer. Couldn't remember the term at first.
Dec. 17th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
I like magic blending wand, better!
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
it was deeeeeeleeeeecious!
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