Spreading good cheer is easy -- greet guests with brandied eggnog.
Everyday Food, December 2008
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice, plus more for garnish
- 8 cups whole milk
- 6 large egg yolks
- 3 cups brandy
- Set a large fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Place bottom of bowl in an ice bath; set aside. Off heat, in a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, and pumpkin-pie spice. Gradually whisk in 4 cups milk, taking care to incorporate the cornstarch. Whisk in egg yolks.
- Whisking constantly, cook over medium heat until the first large bubble sputters, 10 to 12 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute more. Remove from heat; immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Stir in remaining 4 cups milk. Let cool completely in bowl still set in ice bath.
- Just before serving, stir in brandy, and ladle into glasses; garnish with pumpkin-pie spice.
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