Cleaning out the fridge in advance of my Monday grocery run, I spied a half-full jug of eggnog that was to expire the next day. Which is weird, because I only bought two of them, and that was several weeks ago...
Firstborn, December 2007
Such a thing used to never happen at my house! Firstborn LOVED eggnog. I mean, if you didn't get yourself a cup of it right when you saw it, it would be GONE the next time you went to the fridge. The kid loved eggnog, I tell you.
Fast forward to now, and he barely had a cup or two of it. I guess you can "grow out of" foods, too...however, it being so close to expiring, I thought, why not add it into something instead of just tossing it? Stir it into hot cocoa? Bake it in a cake instead of the milk the recipe calls for? Make a quick bread recipe with it? What about a pie? Pie it is!I pulled out the very last pie crust from my freezer and let it come to room temp while I assembled:
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. flour
the rest of the eggnog (2 c.)
1 t. vanilla extract
1/4 c. butter, melted and cooled
My pie crusts weren't perfect but were they good! (no more Pillsbury for me) I fold the blob of crust over several times, coat it with more flour, then roll into a ball and use my rolling pin to make a big circle. After I fit it into the pie plate I let it chill while I mix up the filling.
Dry ingredients in one bowl, wet in another. Stir the butter in at the last.
I actually had too much filling for the crust - it was dangerously close to spilling over.
And when I pulled it out of the oven (350, about 45 min), it was puffed like a souffle! But I figured it would settle down, and it did. I left it to cool a bit, then stored in fridge. And it was the second best pie I made this holiday season!
And a piece of it makes a nice companion to my morning coffee today!