My life got 47% more delicious when I realized I could basically use eggnog in place of cream in any recipe. Of course there are some situations where this isn't recommended (bisques, mashed potatoes) but in many other cases the change is fabulous: eggnog transforms basic ice creams, desserts, and candies into a spiced holiday treat. Case in point: Eggnog Truffles
. I took my basic white chocolate truffle recipe and substituted eggnog for the cream. After the ganache was mixed, I added a few extra shakes of nutmeg (because every good 'nog needs extra 'meg) and that was all it took to turn an ordinary recipe into the perfect Christmas candy, each truffle a one-bite-wonder of holiday flavor.
But wait, there's more! Eggnog Fudge is sweet and creamy, with the rich flavor of eggnog and spicy nutmeg infusing each bite. Eggnog Truffle Cups feature luscious eggnog-flavored truffle cream, made with white chocolate and eggnog, in a dark chocolate cup. Not only are all three of these better than eggnog-flavored mashed potatoes, but they're--dare I say it--better than their plain counterparts, if only because they make the season seem that much jollier.
Now can someone please tell me what a nog is, and why it's consorting with an egg in the first place?
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