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Make It Happen Challenge: Egg Nog!

Our November Make It Happen Challenge is Egg Nog!  When we were looking for this challenge, we wanted to do something we hadn't done before, and somehow, egg nog came up!  It was a great challenge, as some had never had it, some had only tried it store boughten.  You will see some interesting takes on this challenge!

As for me, I have had egg nog at Christmas for every year of my life!  So for me, the challenge was going to be for me to find something different.  I've posted on egg nog here and I made egg nog fudge here and an egg nog cake here... so I was really going to have to stretch!

Then, I found Alton Brown's Aged Egg Nog.  Aged.  This held some promise.  As I read the recipe, I knew right away that this was going to be a challenge.  For one, egg nog never lasts beyond a day at my house.  Never.  Second, we never serve it with alcohol.  So these two details were going to be the challenge!

The recipe:

12 egg yolks.  Yes, 12.
1 lb sugar
1 pt. heavy whipping cream
1 pt. half and half
1 pt. whole milk
1 c. bourbon
1 c. cognac
1 c. rum
1 t freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 t kosher salt

Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until you get pale yellow ribbons when you lift the beaters.  Add in the dairy and beat well.  Add in the nutmeg and salt, beat well.  Add in the alcohol, beat well.  Move into a large glass jar and store in the fridge for at least two weeks.  According to Alton, a month and even two, are better!

Serve in a mug with freshly grated nutmeg on top.

So far, so good.  No one has gone for the egg nog yet.  I have promised each a taste at two weeks.

So... nearly two weeks has passed.  The egg nog has taken on a creamy color, not so yellow, and is calling my name!  I will be doing my first taste test on Sunday!

So my husband and I tasted our egg nog today.  It is definitely alcohol!  We love the texture, it is silky smooth.  Can't wait to see what happens in another two weeks!

Go and check out the other eggnog challenges!

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