"A recipe handed down for generations in our family. It's a delicious spiked custard, which goes very well with whipped cream."
This drink, best eaten using a spoon, has been an old-time favorite for as long as we can remember. Perfect on a cold night or with the Winter Solstice Celebration.
Molly had a unique mixer made, and my Mother still guards that-- not ready to part with it just yet. So if you want to try this recipe, you have to be a little inventive.
I have learned it the old-fashioned way, but I have been venturing out to more modern tools to pass this on to y'all.
It's super simple, but you need a keen eye spot when it's exactly right.
Give it a try! You won't regret it.
Here's the recipe:
1 cup Brandewyn or something similar like Jenever, Gin, or even Rum
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1 portion of vanilla sugar
1 In a medium-size bowl put 7 whole eggs, and separate the other 5. Use only the yolk. This helps with how easily and how much your custard thickens. You can play around with it. Much depends on the size of the eggs and your preference.
2 Mix the eggs and yolks with a whisk (easy, not too much) and put it through a strainer to get rid of all the uneven things in there.
3 Gently mix in the remaining ingredients.
4 Now it becomes tricky; use a bain-marie pot or improvise one, to warm up the mixture. Make sure to constantly whisk it. Not too much, very slowly, so the egg doesn't stick to the sides and the mixture gets evenly heated.
5 DON'T LET IT BOIL!!! The mixture will thicken a bit and you have to keep whisking, it will get thinner again, and then very soon when it thickens again it's done. You can also feel the bowl gets sticky, This is the most difficult part of the recipe and you might need to do it more than once to get the right thickness.
6 Immediately transfer the inner pan into a bowl with cold water. Keep mixing for several minutes to help the mixture to cool down.
7 Let it stand in the cold water for another ten minutes and transfer it into a bottle or glass pot. Let it completely cool down before storing it in the fridge. You can keep this for several days.
8 The drink should be creamy and thick. Best served in a small cocktail glass with some whipped cream on top.