November 16, 2008

Egg Nog Ice Cream to Soothe the Soul (and Body)

When only ice cream or booze will do, why not have both? Egg Nog Ice Cream. It’s the best of both worlds. And for those of you who are already singing Christmas carols, Egg nog ice cream will fulfill your festive needs as well. Now I’m not the one singing carols, (and those of you who are, are driving me crazy!) but I could certainly go for a pint of this ice cream after the day I had yesterday. For some silly reason I decided I would go for a bike ride despite the fact that it was cold and wet outside. I bundled up, put my ipod on and off I went. I cursed the rain that began only moments after I started pedaling but decided to continue my bike ride anyways. About two thirds of the way through my course as I was going down a hill, (at speeds unsuited for the conditions) my bike slid out from under me and I met the pavement face first. Hard. I sat on the ground for a bit and tried not to blackout, thankful that I always wear my helmet and then shakily walked my bike up the hill and pedaled home. Adrenaline is wonderfully useful at times like this as without it I would probably still be laying on the pavement, unable to move. After making it home I took a 4 hour trip to the hospital to determine that I had a scraped up face, concussion and bruised ribs, but nothing broken. Just because it’s not broken doesn’t mean is doesn’t hurt like a thousand bees stinging my eyes. I feel as though my entire left side has been run over by a truck. I considered posting a picture of the carnage, but then recalled that this is a food blog and ice cream is infinitely more appealing than blood. For those of you who are curious, if you haven’t added Jumbo Empanadas as a friend on Facebook, feel free to do so now. And for the squeamish who just want the ice cream recipe, here it is, another winner from David Lebovitz.


Egg Nog Ice Cream (from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop)


1 cup whole milk

2/3 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

2 cups heavy cream

6 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or to taste

2 T brandy

2 T dark rum

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Warm the milk, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Pour the cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top.

In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warmed mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir into the cream to cool. Mix in the nutmeg, brandy, rum and vanilla and stir until cool over an ice bath.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator. Once the mixture is cold, taste it, and grate in more fresh nutmeg if you wish. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

19 comments:

kat said...

This is why I am afraid of bikes! I'm glad you weren't hurt worse. The ice cream sounds wonderful & hopefully soothed some of those aches

Manggy said...

Oh noooo! I too am glad that despite the bumps and bruises, you're safe. Get thee a cupful of egg nog ice cream for comfort-- maybe you can make it a float, on top of egg nog!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Oh, you poor thing! Thank goodness you weren't hurt worse! I hope you heal up soon.

I took a bad spill of my own last week and this ice cream would sure have eased my pain! All I got for my trouble was some leftover chicken! ;)

Amy said...

Oh, Brilynn! I'm so sorry to hear about your bang-up...and glad that you're safe. This ice cream looks like it would soothe any scrape, bruise or injury - eggnog flavored anything is great around the holidays; I'll definitely be making this. :) Rest up!

cookworm said...

How awful! Hope everything mends quickly. Sounds like you might need an extra shot of booze to go with that delicious ice cream. Not a bad way to heal up, though!

Snooky doodle said...

Hi
This looks really yummy . Ideal for Christmas time perhaps accompanied with brownies :)
I wanted to tell you that I tried your banana and dried strawberries brownies and they were amazing. Made a small subsitution but just great. I m blogging about them can i post your recipe? obviously I m linking it to your blog.

Mary said...

Yummy eggnog ice cream!

If it makes you feel better my husband teases me that I fall off my bike more than I stay on it. Hitting the ground face first is definitely no fun. I hit a tree with my face once and they had to scrub all the tree bits out of it at the ER so I can sympathize. The important things are that we are all happy that your are going to heal up just fine and probably in no time at all. AND that you need to replace your bike helmet. Any time you hit your head hard enough to give yourself a concussion you have to replace it because it won't be effective the next time you need it. And thank you for wearing a helmet because it probably saved you from much worse damage.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I often have leftover little bits of the eggnog carton in the fridge -- can I use it in this ice cream?

Kristen said...

Oh dear - you poor thing! It looks like you found something that will comfort though!

breadchick said...

Oh Brilynn! Ouch. I'm glad you are OK and that eggnog ice cream is helping you heal :-)

canarygirl said...

Oh OUCH! I'm so sorry you were hurt! Your eggnog ice cream sounds like a wonderful pick me up after that trauma. And it is FAR too early for x-mas carols. Of course, booze is always in season. ;)

Margaret said...

What a wonderful title for the posting!
David really knows how to make ice cream and this recipe sounds and looks amazing.

Inne said...

Ouch, hope you feel better soon. I'm sure the ice cream will help wonderfully with your recovery!

Maria said...

I will have to make this for my dad and brother! They really can down the egg nog! I am sure they would love the ice cream even more!

Maria said...

And I am glad you are ok!! Get some good rest!

Sara said...

This looks great, I'm the only person in my family that loves egg nog.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

ouch! sorry to hear about your scrape-up...boozy egg nog IC is just the thing to help numb a sore face!

Deborah said...

Oh my goodness - I'm glad you are ok, but sorry you are in pain!! Ice cream makes everything feel better, though!

Mrs. L said...

Yikes, I'm so glad you had your helmet on! You deserve to eat ALL the ice cream!