Nothing ushers in the holiday spirit quite like eggnog. For families throughout the Southern California region, Norco Ranch eggs have been an integral part of homemade eggnog recipes for over 40 years. Nutritious and full of flavor, Norco Ranch eggs are the ideal foundation for one of our favorite holiday eggnog recipes from incredibleegg.com: Saint Nick’s Cooked Eggnog.
6 large Norco Ranch eggs
¼ cup white sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups whole milk, divided into two 2-cup portions
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ground nutmeg for garnishing
12 cinnamon sticks for garnishing
- In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, beat together the eggs, sugar and salt until thoroughly blended. Gently stir in 2 cups of the milk.
- Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring gently but constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. The temperature of the mixture should reach 160 degrees F. Be sure to keep the mixture from boiling. Remove pan from heat once temperature/thickness is reached.
- Gently stir in the remaining 2 cups of milk and the vanilla extract. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. If added thickness is desired, substitute heavy cream or half-and-half for some of the milk in the recipe.
- If desired, you may add brandy, rum, or your favorite liqueur to the eggnog before serving.
- To garnish, pour into serving glasses, then add ground nutmeg to the top of each. Place a cinnamon stick into each glass for the final festive garnish.
- For a perfectly smooth eggnog, strain the finished mixture through a sieve just before chilling.
- If you have leftover eggnog, add it to pancake or French toast batter for a delicious holiday flavor.
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