Ooh my goodness I’ve lost my marbles. I have no idea what happened or why I forgot to post on Monday. I’d like to blame it on the fact that I had to work on Saturday so I only had a one day weekend; or the fact that I had to make not 3 dozen but 6 dozen cookies on Sunday for the Food Blogger Cookie Swap because the first batch I accidentally burned; or that I’m really gearing up in my half-marathon (HM) training and accidentally ran almost six miles yesterday instead of my scheduled five; or that I was so stoked on getting a Christmas tree; but really, I’m just a lazy and terrible blogger. I had the perfect recipe to post too, so I’m posting it now, only a day late.
So we’re back on my eggnog obsession, and please bear with me because I think I have at least two if not more, recipes that I want to post. So anyway, I was in charge of two desserts for Thanksgiving this year. I made the traditional pumpkin pie (which cracked, again, and I’m so peeved) but also an eggnog loaf. Yeah, that’s right, a giant loaf made with eggnog. It was heavenly. I paired it with an eggnog pudding/custard, but that recipe is for another time.
Honestly, this stuff is really good with just ice cream and whipped cream, in my humble opinion. The eggnog flavor is subtle, but still really tasty and definitely makes for a good twist on a classic pound cake. I think it would even taste really good with a nice, fresh cranberry sauce. Perhaps I’ll try that next time.
And in other quick news, I may have mentioned this before, I’ve decided to run two half-marathons next spring and so I have started training in earnest (which is awesome for all this stuff I’ve been baking lately). But the real reason I mention this is because I’m running on behalf of the American Cancer Society for the first race and thought perhaps people might like to donate for the cause. You don’t have to support me specifically, there are lots of runners doing it and I’m sure they’d all love donations too, but I ply you with tasty recipes so I thought it might be an even trade off. But, there is also a link, I believe, to donate directly to the Society if that is your preference. Anyway, here it is if you’re interested. You can also see pictures of me from the ToughMudder I ran in May in Vermont. You know you want to at least check that out.
Adapted slightly from Cupcake Bakeshop
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
¾ cup eggnog
¼ cup rum
2 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
¼ tsp nutmeg
pinch of cloves
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9×5 loaf pans.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated, add the vanilla. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices in a separate bowl. In a separate measuring cup mix together the rum and eggnog. Alternate the flour mix with the eggnog mix in three batches, beginning and ending with the flour.
Pour the batter evenly between the two pans. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Serve at room temperature with ice cream, or pudding or whipped cream, or sprinkles. Just a thought.