Ah, a snowy eve, friends gathered around the table drinking wine, laughter, and generations of family tradition – that’s what it’s all about.
But aside from the warm and fuzzy – it’s about the food. What are some of the most festive ways to get your holiday cheer on. Candy Cane hot chocolate? Fruit cake? Or perhaps, making use of two of the most common offerings for a fun holiday season – egg nog and bourbon.
Between holiday soirees, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and chaotic everyday, spare me with something easy, please!
Since egg nog is the seasonal rage and there are about 45 different flavors of it now – I’ve assembled 2 easy recipes saving both time and effort for other things – like picking out your awkward secret santa gift. A playful way to have grown-up desserts to serve.
After all, holiday work parties are easier when everyone’s mouth is full of bread pudding.
Ingredients – Hey, it’s a party.
– 1 large loaf challah bread or for Gluten Free, 3 loaves UDI white bread or Cinnamon swirl bread
– 2 eggs
– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
– 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
– 2 1/2 cups of good Egg Nog
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1 cup light brown sugar
– 1tsp cinnamon
– 1tsp nutmeg
– Maple syrup (for reduction)
– Generous splash of Bourbon
1.) Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Whisk 2 eggs, add vanilla
3.) Soak as many raisins as you’d like – in Bourbon. I know, I know. but they like it.
4.) Slice one loaf of heavenly challah bread, then cube
5.) Line pan with cubes of bread. Pour mixture over bread until bread is almost covered. Place in oven.
6.) In a small saucepan, combine a 3 tablespoons of good maple syrup, 1 tsp of butter, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1/4 cup of heavy cream, pinch of salt and a splash of rum. Simmer on high, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, constantly stirring until liquid is thickened. This will make a thick, delicious icing for the bread pudding.
A Simple Egg Nog Caramel Flan: Decadent, or easy? – Both.
6 glass ramekins
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 stick melted butter
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 cup good Egg Nog
1 cup caramel
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1/2 cup water
3.) Add 1/2 cup of water to pot, bring to boil. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar slowly, stirring constantly until brown.
4.) Place glass ramekins into a shallow pan. Fill pan with boiling water almost to the top of the ramekins. This is a water bath and helps flan cook evenly. Fill bottoms of glass ramekins with caramel. When caramel is cooled – brush each ramekin with butter. This will provide easy removal of the flan.