Photo: Oxmoor House
about 2 quarts

Holiday desserts aren't limited to cakes and pies. Break out of the mug by serving your eggnog in a rich ice cream recipe that's loaded with the fragrant flavor of vanilla bean and ground nutmeg.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook milk in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until bubbles appear; remove from heat. Add vanilla bean; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Remove vanilla bean from milk; using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape vanilla bean seeds into milk. Discard vanilla bean pod.

Step 2

Whisk together egg yolks and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl until thickened. Gradually whisk warm vanilla milk into yolk mixture; return to saucepan.

Step 3

Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° and custard coats a spoon. Remove from heat; pour through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl. Cool at room temperature about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in whipping cream and eggnog; cover and chill 1 hour.

Step 4

Pour custard mixture into freezer container of a 1-gallon hand-turned or electric freezer. Freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Pack freezer with additional ice and rock salt; let stand 1 hour before serving.

Christmas with Southern Living, 2005

Ratings & Reviews

PurdyGirlPeg's Review

November 18, 2012
Great recipe. It's a little labor-intensive to whisk constantly for 20 minutes but well worth it in the end. I only had a pint of cream so I substituted by adding extra eggnog. I also reduced the cinnamon from 11/2 teaspoons to 1 due to personal preference. The final product tastes more like gelato than ice cream probably because it has 8(!) egg yolks . ( I'll be whipping the whites for merengue kisses later.) I would not make this or eat this often but it's going to be an impressive addition to our Thanksgiving dessert