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December 12 – the twelfth day of Advent

December 12, 2008

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


Eggnog is most likely derived from an English drink called posset, or spiced milk, with wine or ale added. Posset was used as a cold medicine in medieval times.  Hmmmmm, I think I feel a cold coming on…..

This recipe makes the most incredibly delectable holiday drink I know.

From The Joy of Cooking

In a large bowl, beat until light in color:
12 large egg yolks
Gradually beat in:
1 pound powdered sugar
Add very slowly, beating constantly:
2 cups dark rum, brandy, bourbon, or whiskey or a combination
Let stand, covered in the refrigerator, for one hour
Add beating constantly:
2-4 more cups of chosen liquor
8 cups of heavy cream or ½ and ½
Refrigerate, covered, for three hours.
In a large clean bowl, beat until the peaks are stiff but not dry:
12 large egg whites
Fold the egg whites gently into the other ingredients.
Serve the eggnog sprinkled with ground nutmeg.

There have never been ill effects suffered by anyone who had this eggnog at my holiday parties (other than the possibility of over-imbibing because it tastes so delightful).

However, according to the Iowa State University Extension, be aware that approximately 1 in every 20,000 eggs may contain salmonella poison.  Pasteurized eggs are available in the grocery store, and can replace the regular eggs.  Alcohol is also known to kill the salmonella, so you may choose to rely on this.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2008 2:42 am

    Oh my goodness, I didn’t know you were back to posting every day!!! Such wonderful things to see and to read here. I am so behind, but what fun I’m going to have catching up!!! Happy, happy holidays to you!!

    Hi Pamela. Only short little things that take a few minutes! I told myself I had to take the time, and extend the pleasures of the season. It has been fun, and brings back fond memories. I am so glad you visited!

  2. December 16, 2008 1:28 am

    My theory — the rum (or whatever) kills off the salmonilla!

    I’m with Pamela — I am so loving this holiday journey through your blog!

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