It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yeah, even for a Grinch like me. What’s not to love? Family, friends, food, and fresher days (colder where you live maybe). And we can enjoy all things hot and warm without fear of spontaneously combusting. And yeah, Ponche de Desayuno (Breakfast Eggnog).
I know you know, but just a quick reminder that not all eggnogs contain alcohol, and this is one of them.
And now a small confession: Ponche de Desayuno (Breakfast Eggnog) is not part of my family tradition. As a matter of fact, I came to learn that some people had eggnog for breakfast when I was long out of my parental home. My first reaction was something like “yuck!”, followed by the realization that if you don’t keep your mind open to new things, your brain will fossilize until you are one of those people.
Don’t be one of those people.
Yeah, breakfast eggnog, whowouldathunk!?
There are many versions of this drink, with chocolate (instead of coffee), with alcohol (yeah, for breakfast, seriously), and some people add whole eggs (not just the yolk), some eat it partially cooked. I have a pretty rational fear of salmonellosis, so I made sure it was sufficiently cooked. If this is something your family likes, I’d love to hear about your own version.
So yeah, merriest time of the year. My family is dispersed and it’s nearly impossible to get us all together, but I will still spend the holidays with family, friends, and my favorite human in the world: my daughter. And food.
May your holidays be happy, peaceful, and may you spend them with the people you love and who love you back. And food.
Aunt Clara & Aunt Ilana
- 3 cups [7 dl] of evaporated milk
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup [55 g] of sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup [2.4 dl] of hot strong coffee , freshly brewed
- A pinch of freshly-grated nutmeg
Heating milk: Heat milk, making sure it does not break the boil.
Mixing eggs and milk: Mix eggs, sugar and salt. Whisk until it is thoroughly mixed. Add the milk, starting with small quantities and mixing thoroughly before adding more milk. Stir in coffee.
Heating eggnog: Return the eggnog to the pot and heat over medium-low heat, stirring until it starts to become foamy and a bit thicker (about 5 mins).
Cooling and serving: Remove the eggnog from the heat and whisk until it becomes a bit cooler (so it doesn't form a crust). Sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve immediately.
If you want to make the chocolate version, substitute 1/4 cup of unsweetened powdered cocoa dissolved in an extra cup of hot evaporated milk for the cup of coffee.