Is it really Christmas if 1) no one gets socks in their stocking, and 2) if you don’t swap a few recipes? One of the most beloved recipes in my husband’s family comes from his beloved aunt LB! Since Christmas is all about the decadent recipe roll, I could not skip over this one… Boiled Custard!
Maybe you look at this and think “Meh, I don’t really like eggnog.” Hear ye hear ye, this is not eggnog. This is eggnog’s more sophisticated second cousin from the Big City who wears saltwater pearls for her private Tuesday morning tennis lesson and then spends the weekend at “the shore” with her twin Salukis.
Give this yummy, creamy bevvy a chance and I guarantee you’ll be googling ‘What’s a saluki?’ before you know it.
One thing to note as you read through the recipe below: My husband’s family is quite masterful when it comes to using spirits in food. The dignified elders don’t quite approve, however, of acknowledging that the alcohol in this drink is what makes it over the top delicious… so we respectfully refer to it as “flavoring” in their presence. 😉
Word of advice – don’t skimp on the “flavoring”. When you think you’ve added enough, add a little more and you’ll be just right. And without further ado…
Andrew and I had the awesome privilege this past summer to accompany LB and friends to the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky for a private selection of single barrel Weller bourbon. We had enjoyed parts of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail before, but this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
We have had such a great time over the last several years learning about the craftmanship that goes into the “flavoring”. Much like the Napa Valley region, the science behind the aging and flavor profiling is so intricate! It is really amazing to listen to the distillers and taste-testers who have devoted their minds (and their palates!) to perfecting a brand and a heritage.
So, pick up a bottle of the good stuff and whip up some boiled custard for a cozy night in, or the perfect end to a family holiday meal! Stay tuned for more recipe ideas… I’ve got everything from soup to nuts coming your way.