Eggnog evokes fond childhood Christmas memories for me. I love it with or without the alcohol, hot or cold. This low fat eggnog recipe is rich and creamy. Using vanilla beans is really worth the added expense so don’t skimp here. This is easy to make and so much better than store bought eggnog so if you’ve never made eggnog before, give this a try. You can make this a few days ahead. Use your leftovers for Eggnog French Toast, Eggnog Souffles, or Eggnog Lattes. Yum!
- 3 cups 1% milk
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
- spiced rum or bourbon, optional, extra points
- Heat 2-1/2 cups milk in a medium saucepan.
- Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds; add the seeds and pod to the saucepan and simmer over medium heat.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and cornstarch until it turns light yellow.
- Temper the eggs by gradually pouring the hot milk mixture, about 1 cup at a time, into the egg mixture, whisking constantly (this is important, otherwise you'll make scrambled eggs).
- Pour the mixture back into the pan.
- Place over medium heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the eggnog begins to thicken, about 6-7 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the remaining 1/2 cup milk to stop the cooking.
- Remove the vanilla pod, let it cool and transfer to a pitcher, chill until ready to serve.
- Spike the eggnog with liquor, if desired (extra points), and garnish with nutmeg.
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