Nothing gets me in the holiday mood quite like eggnog ice cream. I’m not sure why but the colder it gets outside, the more determined I am to keep eating ice cream.
A question I often get asked by people who know about my sweet hobby is whether my apartment constantly smells like delicious baked goods. Luckily it doesn’t, or else I don’t think I’d be able to stop eating. Instead, my apartment tends to smell like Thymes Frasier Fir candles, a guilty pleasure I’ve been indulging in for years since I first discovered the comforting smell during a trip to North Carolina in college.
Smell memories have a funny way of popping up when I least expect them. Some, like popcorn, L’Occitane’s Verbena and Tanzanian curry evoke happy memories. Others, not so much.
When I was a child I spilled what seemed like an entire carton of eggnog and could never look at it the same. As the thick liquid spread across our kitchen table and I struggled to clean it up before it dripped onto our wicker chairs, I breathed enough eggnog smell to turn me off the stuff for years. I couldn’t go near it for nearly 10 years without being reminded of that fateful day and gagging a little bit.
Luckily for me I outgrew the memory and was finally able to try eggnog last year. Not only did I try it, I discovered that I actually kind of liked it!
Moreover, eggnog was one of the first ice cream flavors I tested when I got my ice cream machine for Christmas last year. It felt only right that as I neared my one year anniversary with my trusty little ice cream machine that I would revisit the eggnog ice cream recipe since it’s a classic holiday dessert (at least in my house).
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup eggnog
- 3 egg yolks
- ¾ cups granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- Heat cream and eggnog in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Once the cream and eggnog mixture is simmering, temper into egg and sugar. Mix in the nutmeg.
- Refrigerate until completely cool (8 hours or overnight)
- Once cool, churn in ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.