Monday, December 22, 2008

A Tipsy Tree Trimming - Egg Nog Recipe Video

Store bought egg nog is too sweet and rich for The 99 Cent Chef, so he came up with a delicious recipe that uses 2% milk and a minimum amount of sugar. This recipe is a simple and festive start-up to your holiday; especially tasty when trimming your tree.

However be careful and do not get carried away -- those small airline bottles of booze mixed into an egg nog carry a kick, as the second half of the Chef's new video will attest. Each ingredient cost 99.99 cents or less, even some of the airline bottles (though the Lauder's Scotch in the video was $1.29 a bottle), and dried spices are always for sale at local dollar stores and markets. So pour yourself a 99 cent egg nog and enjoy the Chef's new value-added two videos in one.


 Ingredients (2 servings)
  • 2 cups of 2% milk - or 1 cup milk and 1 cup of half and half cream for a richer nog.
  • 4 egg yolks - OK to reduce this amount to 2 yolks for an even lighter version.*
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (or a sugar substitute, but add during the cooling down stage.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of nutmeg, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  • 1 airline 99 cent bottle of rum, Scotch, or brandy.

Directions
Heat 2 cups of milk over low/medium heat (do not boil) about 5 minutes. Separate egg yolks in large bowl, add sugar and whisk together for a couple of minutes. Add one cup of the heated milk to yolk mixture a little at a time while whisking. After milk/egg is incorporated return to heated pot of milk and continue cooking. Make sure egg nog does not boil, and keep lightly whisking. The egg nog will thicken slightly after 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside, if you, like the Chef, enjoy warm nog - or you can refrigerate. The egg nog mixture will finish thickening as it cools down to a milkshake consistency. Add as much or little of an airline bottle of booze as suits your taste - the Chef's egg nog is good with or without alcohol.


Egg Nog Recipe and A Tipsy Tree Trimming - Video

Play it here. The video runs 5 minutes 12 seconds.

Happy Holidays!

99 thanks to Pete Handelman for his clever contributions.
Click here to see Pete's hilarious videos.


Click here to view or embed video at youtube.
*
One ornament was broken and two fuses were blown in the making of this video.

2 comments:

Laura said...

You rule, 99 Chef!
Happy Holidays to you!

bad fairie said...

Too much work for this cheapskate - use the store bought eggnog, thin it down a bit with dollar store milk, and add some more spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg are the easy ones, then go for broke with Chinese 5-spice, Mace, Ginger, Coriander, Cardamom, or for a one of a kind taste try fennel or anise (star anise if you can find it). Most of these would take only a tiny bit and add a unique spin that sets your cooking apart from everyone else. Be brave, experiment! (just remember to start small - easier to add more than try to take too much out)

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