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Eggnog Pound Cake

Happy Christmas Eve!! If you have time to read this today, I congratulate you for being totally prepared and on top of your game. You can join with me in pondering a most important holiday question. Who named eggnog? I mean, could you come up with a more unappealing sounding drink? Apparently so – according to my sources. When the drink came to America and we started adding rum to it, we could have named it egggrog – since “grog” was the term for rum at the time. Say it with me…grrrroooogggg. Ewww. Suddenly nog doesn’t sound so bad. Also, I’m very thankful that the drink evolved past adding wine or beer to it. Wine? With a creamy egg drink? Gross. Eggnog is one of those things you either love or hate. I’m in the love category. Love it as I do,  I still can’t drink that much of it because it’s just so incredibly rich. When I do pour myself a glass, I add Sprite to cut the thickness and give it a little fizzy kick. In years past I’ve thrown away most of my half-gallon because I just can’t drink it all before it’s gone bad. This year, I vowed to find some way to use it up and my search for a noggy recipe led me to this delightful pound cake. [Read more…]

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Baked Eggnog French Toast

It’s a Christmas morning tradition in our home to have a big gorgeous breakfast together. For many years I’ve made french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage etc. for my family. This year, I decided to try something that would keep me away from all that flipping bread over a hot griddle. I’ve tried overnight french toast before, but didn’t want to go that route since I had zero time before Christmas day to prepare it. So, I kind of made up this version – and included some eggnog to give it a holiday twist. For the rest of the year, I’ll just use all milk instead of part nog. The great thing is that it came together in about 10 minutes, and then baked while we were reading the Christmas story and opening gifts. Easy and delicious. [Read more…]

Eggnog Vanilla Candied Nuts

It’s an awesome day today! MOPS this morning was fantastic, making up Dutch Apple Pies with my girls. Tonight I’m going to see Harry Potter at midnight. Well, actually – I’m getting in line at 7pm. Obviously I will need some snacks while waiting. I was in the mood to try something new that I could put a bag of in my purse. Wait, doesn’t everyone smuggle snacks into the movie theater? No? Just me? Hmmmm.

You may have noticed, I don’t put nuts in my baked goods. Not sure what it is, but I just don’t like eating something deliciously soft and then finding a hard nut in there. However, I adore nuts on their own merits.  The grocery store nearest my home has a nut bar and I absolutely LOVE their vanilla cinnamon coated macadamia nuts. But, they are $16 a pound. Seriously? I found a recipe for candied nuts and thought I’d put my own spin on it. Voila. Eggnog Vanilla Candied Nuts. Oh goodness they are so delicious. And way less expensive than purchasing them. I got a pound of walnuts on sale at WinCo (have I mentioned how happy I am to have one nearby now?) for $3.50 and threw together this recipe. Gonna try them next with macadamia nuts. I’m sure this would be amazing with whatever nut you particularly love. [Read more…]

“Colleen” Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding

My friend Colleen sent me the link to this recipe – and upon first sight I couldn’t wait to make it. So, I’m naming it after her. Today, I just did the recipe as it was listed in the original article in the Seattle Times Food & Wine section – except that I coated my baking pan with butter, drizzled more butter on top, and broiled it prior to taking it out of the oven to crust up the top a little. I was having a girls night with my three sisters, and brought it for dessert.

Obviously this is a fall to Christmas baked good since eggnog and cranberries are only really available around this time of year. My youngest sister said this tastes like Christmas on a spoon. I’d have to agree. It’s a moist delicious bread that tastes a little like pumpkin pie, with the richness of eggnog and the spices of the holidays. The cranberry compote it’s served with it tart and tangy, the perfect offset to the rich bread pudding. However – with the sweet tooth that runs deep in our family, my sisters and I kind of agreed that we’d rather have it with a vanilla dipping sauce/custard the next time. And, I’ll probably do up the bread pudding in individual ramekins next time for a prettier presentation.

Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding

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