there's just something about nutmeg. you know what i mean? i hadn't pinpointed it as the flavor in so many holiday desserts that made them irresistible until last year in ukraine when our branch president and his wife made homemade eggnog.
side story - i loved eggnog until i was a junior in high school. i'd just come home from volleyball practice and for some reason there was a carton of it in the fridge. without really thinking, i grabbed it and started drinking straight out of the carton then began to choke on something fuzzy and spherical. i coughed up a blue fuzzy ball of something so disgusting that i didn't even consider drinking eggnog until...
we were in ukraine and i was seriously homesick and the smell of vanilla and nutmeg flicked me in the nose and said, 'bet you miss me now'.
today i was thinking about nutmeg and decided to make eggnog creme brulee. i looked at recipes online and they were ridiculously complicated, so i made my own from bits and pieces of random recipes around the web. feel free to use it!
7 egg yolks (i'm saving the whites for angel food cake)
3 1/4 cups of milk (i think it would be tasty with cream, but i was using what we had)
3/4 cups of white sugar
a hearty splash of vanilla
about a teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg. please use freshly grated. please. it's so much more delicious.
a couple shakes of cinnamon
stir all the ingredients together then stick them in ramekins. put the ramekins in a cake pan and fill up the cake pan with water - about halfway. bake at 325 for about an hour, or until the custard is fairly set, then take it out and let it cool before you pick up each ramekin to put in the fridge. the longer they sit, the better the consistency will be.
do you realize that it is autumn? my favorite time of the year? 'TIS THE SEASON TO ABUSE YOUR BODY LALALALALLALALALALA with LOTS of delicious food full of faaaat, LALALALALALALALLALA, don't stop eating, fall is fleeting! tralalalLALALALLALALAAAAA,
anyway. happy fall, good friends. let me know if you try the recipe and how it turns out for you.