The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Eggnog pie is one of my favorites. As anything eggnog is something I enjoy during the Christmas and New Years’ time of the year. When I was younger I would make homemade eggnog each year for Christmas eve. Then, when I was an adult I figured out that it was more expensive to make it than it was to purchase it already made. Make sure you enjoy this delicious crumble pie this holiday season.
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The History Behind Eggnog
Eggnog is historically known (when alcoholic beverages are added) as milk punch or egg milk punch. It is a creamy, refridgerated, sweetened, dairy-based drink. It is normally made with milk, cream, sugar, egg whites that are whipped, and the egg yolks (which gives it a thicker texture and its name). Sometimes brandy, rum, whisky, or bourbon are added to the drink for an alcoholic choice.
All over Canada and the US, eggnog is normally enjoyable over the Christmas season and into the New Year celebration. Ponche Crema is made and drank in Venezuela and Trinidad since the 1900s, also as part of the holiday times. During this time, factory prepared eggnog is sold in grocery stores in these countries.
Eggnog can also be homemade using milk, sugar, eggs, and rum type flavorings served with spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon. While eggnog is often served cold, in some cases, it is warmed, particularly on cold days. Just like the way mulled wine is served warm in the fall or early holiday seasons. Eggnog or eggnog flavoring may also be used in other drinks, such as lattes, milkshakes, tea, or dessert foods egg-custard puddings.
Culinary Historians and The Eggnog Debate
While culinary historians debate its exact background, most agree eggnog came from the medieval” British drink called posset, which was made with hot curdled milk with wine or ale and flavored with spices. In the Middle Ages, posset was used for colds the flu as an antidote. Posset was popular from medieval times to the 19th century. Eggs were added to some posset recipes; according to Time magazine, by the “13th century, monks were known to drink a posset with figs and eggs.” A 17th-century recipe for “My Lord of Carlisle’s Sack-Posset” uses a heated mixture of cream, whole cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, eighteen egg yolks, eight egg whites, and one pint of Sack wine which is kind of like sherry. In the end, sugar, resin, and animal musk are stirred in. Posset was normally served in two-handled pots. The aristocracy had costly posset pots made of silver.
Eggnog Pie with Gingerbread Crumble
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small saucepan add the sugar and cornstarch.
- Stir to combine.
- Whisk in the eggnog until smooth.
- Bring the mixture to a low boil.
- Reduce the heat and cook for 2 minutes.
- Stirring constantly
- Remove the saucepan from the heat; add in the butter and extract.
- Stir until the butter is melted and smooth.
- Pour the pie mixture into the pie crust.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, add the gingersnaps, flour, sugar, oats, and cinnamon.
- Stir to combine.
- Add your chopped butter to your mixture.
- Using your hands combine the butter with the mixture.
- Make sure there are no chunks of butter and its small crumbs.
- Add the crumble on top of the pie and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
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