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Rich Vanilla Eggnog

Yield 18 (1/2-cup) servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 (4-inch) piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 quart French vanilla ice cream, softened
  • Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 164
  • caloriesfromfat 42 %
  • fat 7.6 g
  • satfat 4.2 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 15.4 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 97 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 71 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan; stir well. Cook over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Combine eggs and sugar in a medium bowl; stir with a wire whisk until well blended. Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot mixture into egg mixture; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Cook mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, 20 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened and reaches 160°.

  2. Remove mixture from heat; stir in bourbon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Let cool. Cover and chill 3 hours. Remove and discard vanilla bean; stir in ice cream just before serving. If desired, top each serving with sweetened whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Light and Luscious