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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Tom's Eggnog

My husband is an eggnog fanatic, and this recipe is his favorite eggnog. This rich eggnog not only has a terrific flavor and creamy texture, it is safe to serve to your family and guests. Made with cooked egg yolks, this eggnog is trimmed a little bit calorie and fat wise from traditional eggnog and also avoids the risk of salmonella that is associated with raw eggs. It is certainly not as "healthy" as our Heart Healthy Eggnog, but is better than some other recipes that have even more calories and fat. Light ice cream and low fat milk can also be used if desired to cut even more calories and fat. The traditional flavor and thick creamy consistency make this the perfect choice for serving at any party. This eggnog stores well and can be made up to a day in advance - just stir well before serving.

4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
12 large egg yolks
1/3 cup dark rum
1/3 cup light rum
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup bourbon
2 cups heavy cream
1 pint high quality French vanilla ice cream, softened
freshly grated nutmeg

Heat the milk and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolved. Beat the egg yolks in a large bowl until thick and lemon colored. Slowly add about half of the hot milk mixture, whisking briskly the entire time. Pour the warm egg mixture into the saucepan slowly, whisking briskly and constantly. Reduce the heat to medium low, stirring constantly, and cook until a thermometer reaches 180 degrees, about 3 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a punch bowl. Cool to room temperature. Whisk in the rums, brandy, and bourbon. Cover and refrigerate for 5 hours. Whip the cream in a chilled bowl with chilled beaters until stiff. Fold the cream and scoops of the ice cream into the egg mixture. Ladle into glasses or cups and sprinkle with the nutmeg.

Makes 12 servings.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours, 20 minutes

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