Traditionally made with milk or cream, sugar and eggs, eggnog is a unique classic at this time of year.
Typically served warm, it’s topped with festive spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg; but if you’re not wanting to serve it as it comes, it can be used as a flavouring for other food and drinks. An eggnog hot chocolate is sure to warm up all your customers over Christmas, and for your more grown up audience spirits such as brandy or rum can be added.
With so many different variations on the classic, the team at BAKO NW thought we would offer some inspiration on how you can include this festive drink on your menus.
Buttermilk pancakes are renowned for their fluffy yet indulgent texture, and what better way to add a touch of Christmas to your brunch menu than to create a festive twist on this classic? Simply substitute a third of your required buttermilk for eggnog to add an even creamier taste to your recipe. Your customers won’t be able to resist the subtle taste of cinnamon and nutmeg that these pancakes create.
Go one step further and instead of drizzling with syrups, offer your customers a cup of warm eggnog and butterscotch sauce to pour on top before sprinkling with toasted chestnuts.
Baked Eggnog Vanilla Doughnuts
These sweet treats prove popular among all ages, and we couldn’t think of a better way of filling your doughnuts than with a vanilla and eggnog infused custard centre. Try mixing some cinnamon into your sugar before coating your doughnuts to add that extra festive spice.
Over the past year marshmallows have undergone a sophisticated makeover as they are no longer seen as a simple treat to drop into hot chocolate, they’ve gone gourmet. This light fluffy confection is now being flavoured with luxurious, grown-up inspired ingredients which your customers will find hard to resist. Try adding eggnog and some stem ginger to your marshmallow mix for a seasonal twist on the classic.
Not only would handmade marshmallows make a beautiful addition to your cake counter, they would also make a lovely stocking filler!
Eggnog bread and butter pudding
Bread and butter pudding is a favourite amongst many, and only getting better at Christmas when you bake it with the delicious addition of panettone. Soaked in a warm eggnog infused custard and then baked, panettone makes the perfect base for this buttery and creamy pudding. Add some chunks of chocolate and when baked they will ooze into the sweet custard dessert.
If you’re planning on adding any eggnog inspired recipes to your menu, we’d love to hear about them on our Twitter!