Homemade Soft Serve Eggnog Ice Cream: Add a little Christmas Cheer to anytime of the year with this delicious boozy eggnog ice cream. This easy to make ice cream is so delicious, your guests will love the all the layers of flavor this ice cream has to offer. Even though rum is in the recipe, the alcohol is cooked off which makes this Eggnog Ice Cream kid friendly and the perfect for Christmas Party Dessert!
Instead of serving spiked punch New Year’s Eve, serve spiked ice cream! Alcohol VS No Alcohol
Spiking the ice cream to the point of tasting the rum (like this recipe) will result in a soft serve ice cream, because alcohol won’t freeze. Soft Serve or Hard Ice Cream
I want to be upfront about this recipe……Adding alcohol to ice cream is tricky business. The amount added to the recipe determines how much the ice cream will freeze. This Soft Serve Homemade Eggnog Ice Cream has just the right amount of rum so you can taste it but still allows the ice cream to freeze to a soft serve (not hard) texture. If you want harder ice cream the solution is easy….just reduce the amount of alcohol. Most eggnog ice cream recipes only have 2 tablespoons of rum (not sure if there’s even a point to that). If you opt out of adding the amount of rum in this recipe, I recommend using rum flavoring. You don’t have to add a lot to get that delicious rum flavor. How to Make Soft Serve Eggnog Ice Cream
PREPARE AHEAD: In order to make this ice cream kid friendly you’ll need to cook off the alcohol. HERE’S HOW: In a medium saucepan add the milk and rum. Bring the mixture to 172°, take off the heat, whisk in the sugar, mix until dissolved. Stir in the nutmeg, vanilla and whipping cream. Cover and refrigerate until cold (about 3 hours). Make according to your ice cream machine instructions. Transfer to an air tight container with a tight fitting lid and place in freezer or serve immediately. FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW Fresh Nutmeg or Ground?
FRESH NUTMEG OR GROUND: Like most things…fresh is always better. If you don’t have fresh nutmeg or don’t want to purchase it. Using a new bottle of ground nutmeg will offer the most flavor. Vanilla Flavoring, Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Paste, Vanilla Bean….Which one?
VANILLA FLAVORING: First of all if you are using vanilla flavoring THROW IT AWAY….you spend all this time and money on your recipe you don’t want to compromise it by using horrible vanilla flavoring. I know it’s so much cheaper then real vanilla but the rewards of using real vanilla is totally worth it. VANILLA EXTRACT: Even though vanilla extract is perfectly fine in any recipe that calls for vanilla, it is the one with the least amount of flavor. VANILLA BEAN PASTE: Vanilla paste is the direction I usually go. It is a mixture of ground vanilla beans and vanilla extract, it offers a sweet delicious vanilla flavor. Vanilla paste is also more affordable then vanilla beans. VANILLA BEANS: One word….DELICIOUS! Another word….EXPENSIVE! If you don’t want to spend a bazillion dollars on vanilla beans I suggest going the vanilla paste route. I usually find mine at Walmart on the isle with the party baking supplies (not the grocery baking isle). Best Mix-Ins for Eggnog Ice Cream
Add extra crunch and flavor to your eggnog ice cream. Add at the end of the churning time.
A drizzle of Caramel or Rum Caramel Toasted nuts Candied nuts Cookie Crumbles ( gingersnap or gingerbread cookies) Chopped chocolate or chocolate chips MORE EGGNOG INSPIRED RECIPES
EGGNOG CHRISTMAS PRETZELS 2. MINI EGGNOG CHEESECAKES WITH A RUM CARAMEL SAUCE 3. WHITE CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS EGGNOG TRUFFLES 4. EGGNOG COOKIES MORE EGGNOG INSPIRED RECIPES NEVER MISS A POST
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