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Classic Cooked Egg Nog

Recipes by Crimsonwolf

Classic Cooked Egg Nog



6 eggs

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt, optional

1 quart milk* divided

1teaspoon vanilla,

Garnishes or Stir-Ins, optional



In large saucepan, beat together eggs, sugar and salt, if desired. Stir in 2 cups of the milk. Cook overlow heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon with a thin film and reaches at least 160F. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 2 cups milk and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, several hours or overnight. Just before serving, pour into bowl or pitcher. Garnish or add stir-ins, if desired. Serve immediately.

*For faster preparation heat milk until very warm before stirring milk into eggs and sugar.

MICROWAVE: In 2-quart liquid measure or bowl, beat together eggs, sugar and salt, if desired, until thoroughly blended. Set aside. In l -quart liquid measure or bowl, cook 2 cups of the milk on full power until bubbles form at edges, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir into egg mixture. Cook on 50% power until mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon with a thin film and reaches at least 160F, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 cups milk and vanilla. Continue as above.


Choose 1 or several:

Chocolate curls

Maraschino cherries

Cinnamon sticks

Orange slices

Extracts or flavorings

Peppermint sticks or candy canes

Flavored brandy or liqueur

Plain brandy, rum or whiskey

Fruit juice or nectar

Sherbet or ice cream

Ground nutmeg

Whipping cream, whipped

Note:  All microwave cooking times are based on a full power output of 600 to 700 watts.  For a lower wattage oven allow more time.

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