Yep, jumped right past Thanksgiving into Christmas food this weekend and made eggnog French toast topped with whole cranberry sauce.
Also had my official yearly glass of eggnog. Due to calorie concerns, I need to dole out the rest in less deadly portions.
So here I am with about three cups of leftover eggnog ... what to do ... what to do?
Right now I’m thinking lots of variations of French toast and freezing it for future breakfasts. I just made my regular French toast and substituted eggnog for milk.
However I’m thinking of adding liquor like rum or Grand Marnier to some of the French toast mixture and using different breads like challah, raisin, maybe a croissant or something else that might seem like a good match.
In another topic someone fantasized about fruitcake French toast and now I’m fantasizing about upping the lethalness of this by using eggnog. Yeah, probably not ... then I’m stuck with all that fruitcake ... it’s a vicious calorie circle.
Some recipes use brown sugar instead of white in the egg mixture. Someone topped the eggnog French toast with a rum hard sauce. There was one idea to combine cream cheese and dried cranberries, cut the French toast in half and bake the French toast rather than fry, but that won’t keep too well for me.
As to other ideas besides French toast, supposedly eggnog can be frozen for up to six months. Thaw it in the fridge and if it separates just blend it back together or stir vigorously. Or partially defrost and blend for a frozen dessert. I may freeze a little just to see what happens ... in the interest of experimentation. Hmm ... eggnog popsicles?
Lots of ideas that just say substitute eggnog for regular milk in recipes for cakes, muffins, cheese cake, bread pudding, frosting, pumpkin pie, crepes, pancakes, puddings, waffles etc.
I like the idea of eggnog rice pudding, but again, it is not something that lends itself to long-term storage. Ditto with using eggnog instead of milk with packaged vanilla pudding mix ... hmm ... maybe that could be made into frozen eggnog pudding popsicles.
Someone made some banana eggnog muffins and it got me thinking that since I like plain old sliced bananas with milk, maybe trying that with eggnog instead. Yeah, that’s a calorie dream.
There IS the idea of folding stiffly beaten egg whites into eggnog to lighten it up texture, sweetnesss and calorie wise ... still ... have to use it right away.
This link pretty much covers the eggnog recipe ideas
They do miss this recipe for eggnog bars
I’m not so much into baking so probably not going to make muffins and such. However a post on Chowhound last year about how to use leftover eggnog (that didn’t make it over in the import), someone had the idea of using eggnog in a three leches cake. That is really a tempting idea.
In the link with all the recipes there was a recipe for Christmas holiday jello which sounded a little gross, but given my experiments with homemade jello this year, I’m thinking of doing a variation. Even better was the eggnog mouse recipe that used
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 C cold water
1 qt prepared eggnog
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 T. rum
16-18 double ladyfingers, split
Restating the instructions basically sprinkle water with gelatin and let sit a few minutes. Add a cup of the eggnog and heat. Add remaining stuff and chill until partially set then whip and top lady fingers. There was some sort of sauce on top that didn’t interest me.
The cat does like eggnog so I guess I could share it with her. And in a dead website there was a solitary mention (no instructions) for a eggnog facial mask ... if worse comes to worse ... or freezing eggnog doesn’t work ... the eggnog is aging as I write this.
Came across this site for various recipes to make your own, the most appealing to me is the recipe for single serving eggnog which would eliminate the problem of using up leftover eggnog next year.
Looking at the history of eggnog (link on General board), it seems adding alcohol was a way of extending the shelf life of this drink. I guess I could go that route.