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Eggnog crème anglaise

Eggnog is a pouring custard that makes a great drink but also a topping for desserts, waffles, and pancakes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword eggnog crème anglaise
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 215kcal
Author Janice


OXO whisk
Wood spoon


  • 750 mL (3 cups) whole milk (3.25 % fat)
  • 100 grams (½ cup) granulated sugar divided
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) ground nutmeg more or less depending on how much you like nutmeg
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 0.625 mL ( tsp) Diamond Crystal fine kosher salt
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) pure vanilla extract
  • 60 mL (¼ cup) spiced or dark rum or you can use bourbon or even brandy


  • Set aside a bowl with a strainer over top.
  • Combine the milk, half the sugar, and the nutmeg in a 3-quart saucepan. Set the pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally to encourage the sugar to dissolve. Heat the mixture through but do not allow it to boil (this is key to avoid making eggnog scrambled eggs!). Remove from the heat.
  • Put the egg yolks and salt in a small heatproof bowl and gently whisk to break up the yolks. Whisk in the remaining half of sugar and beat the mixture until the yolks become very pale and light. Gradually whisk in the warm sweet milk mixture. Pour the yolk mixture back into the saucepan, and whisk to combine.
  • Cook over medium-low heat (slow and steady), stirring constantly with a clean wooden spoon until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon and hold a line drawn through it with a finger, about 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer should register 170°F–175°F. Do not let the sauce overheat or boil because then you will probably curdle the mixture, making eggnog scrambled eggs. Immediately strain the sauce through the strainer into the bowl.
  • Gently whisk in the rum and vanilla extract.
  • Transfer it to a large container. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour, until the eggnog is velvety and slightly thick. Alternatively you can serve the custard sauce warm over waffles.
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Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 1mg