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Creamy eggnog mousse is the perfect make-ahead dessert for parties

Liren is the founder and author of Kitchen Confidante that shares everything from simple family favorites to new creative culinary discoveries.

I was scrolling through Instagram and happened upon it: the first picture of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, elf steps away from a mantel draped in garland, the greenery sparkling with lights.

The start of a season of holiday carols and Christmas cheer is finally here!

Sure enough, as soon as my family handed out the last fun-sized chocolates to the final trick or treaters, my daughter broke out in song. Bells and reindeer and jolly old elves were ringing throughout the house, and I laughed at her readiness to usher in the good cheer.

When you're ready to sit by the fire and roast chestnuts and take a break from wrapping paper and bows, here is a twist on a classic eggnog. Eggnog mousse is the perfect make-ahead dessert for a party or family celebration! The only difference is, instead of clinking glasses you can say "cheers" by digging your spoons into creamy joy.

Eggnog mousse

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Using a mixing bowl and whisk attachment that has been chilled in the freezer, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator until needed.
  2. In a small bowl, place cold water and sprinkle the gelatin. Let it stand for about 10 minutes, until the gelatin is soft.
  3. Prepare an ice bath and set it aside.
  4. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, 1/4 cup of the sugar and vanilla over medium low heat, whisking periodically until the sugar is fully dissolved and the milk begins to steam and slowly comes to a gentle simmer. As the milk heats up, whisk the remaining sugar into the egg yolks, beating continually until the eggs are paler in color and smooth in texture.
  5. When the milk is just scalded, pour about 1/4 cup of the milk in a gentle stream into the egg yolks as you whisk it together. Add another 1/4 cup of milk and whisk thoroughly. Pour the warmed egg yolks into the saucepan and whisk into the rest of the milk. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg and stir constantly over medium low heat until it begins to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Remove the custard from the heat and stir in the softened gelatin until it dissolves.
  7. Place saucepan into the ice bath and stir as the eggnog cools to room temperature.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Energizer MAX Batteries and SheKnows.

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