Basic ingredients:
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 cups cream
  • 3 cups light rum
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 5 cloves
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Preparation:
    • In a saucepan blend the milk, cinnamon, cloves and half a teaspoon of the vanilla essence, simmer. Be sure to stir while mixture heats, and remove from heat just before boiling point.
    • Mix the sugar with all those egg yolks in a bowl. Make sure you whisk them well.
    • Pour the mixture of sugar and egg yolks a little at a time in the milk mixture while continuing to whisk.
    • Pour the mixture into a saucepan over a medium heat keep stirring until your eggnog mixture starts to resemble custard. Don't let the mixture reach the boiling point.
    • Pour the mixture into a jug, making sure to remove the cloves.
    • Put the jug in the fridge for an hour or two.
    • Gently stir in the cream, light rum, remaining vanilla and ground nutmeg.
    • Put back into the fridge overnight. Serve in cups with a little extra ground nutmeg, cinnamon or baking cocoa sprinkled lightly on top. Serve chilled.

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