Momma's Egg Nog

Every Christmas my mother makes egg nog. Not the alcoholic kind, but the rich, frothy kind that makes you want a 16 oz cup to go along with your homemade cookies.

Each year I tell myself to take a photo of this process but I usually get too wrapped up to remember to do so. This year I will remember because now I am afraid if I wait too long I will miss out.

Here's my mom's recipe:

(all ingredients should be cold!)

1 gallon of whole milk (hey, it's Christmas!)
6 (or more) pasteurized eggs
3 (or more) cups of sugar
3 T good vanilla
Central Dairy vanilla or egg nog ice cream, semi softened
freshly grated nutmeg

Beat the eggs until frothy. Add in sugar, one cup at a time. Slowly pour in milk and beat until well combined. Taste. Add more eggs and sugar until it meets this year's taste buds. Add 3 T of good vanilla. Taste. Add more if needed.

Pour into a punch bowl. Add round scoops of ice all around the punch bowl. Grated nutmeg on top of egg nog. Beat off little kids and get the first cup.

This egg nog slips down the throat just like Almanzo's father describes in Farmer Boy, one of the Little House books. You can imagine my surprise to hear of someone drinking egg nog in the SUMMER. I have not ventured to try this as egg nog is like saying Christmas in our house.

Enjoy, sip, gulp and go back for more!

Terri Steffes
Terri Steffes

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