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Not kid stuff: A sophisticated and safe low-fat version of classic eggnog.

Yield: 12 servings, about 1/2 cup each
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 510


  • 6 cups 1% milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, (see Tip)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brandy, bourbon or rum
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup light whipping cream


  1. Bring milk and nutmeg to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Whisk eggs, sugar, flour and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Whisking constantly, gradually add hot milk; return mixture to saucepan.
  3. Cook the eggnog over very low heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, 10 to 15 minutes. (Temperature must reach 160°F; do not let eggnog come to a simmer.) Remove from the heat and pour through a fine-meshed sieve into a bowl.
  4. Whisk in brandy (or bourbon or rum) and vanilla. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the eggnog and refrigerate until chilled, for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Just before serving, add cream to eggnog. Ladle into cups and serve garnished with more grated nutmeg.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: The eggnog will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Tip: Use a nutmeg grater or the tiniest holes of a box grater to grate whole nutmeg.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 142
fat 4 g (2 g sat, 1 g mono)
cholesterol 48 mg
carbohydrates 19 g
protein 6 g
fiber 0 g
sodium 127 mg
potassium 19 mg

Nutrition Bonus

Carbohydrate Serving 1

Exchanges 1/2 low-fat milk, 1 other carbohydrate

From EatingWell November/December 1998