This is Bon Appetit’s pie crust, in fact, their “Flakiest Pie Crust”, one of the recipes we tested as part of our YouTube video series investigating 3 different ways of making pie crust. It is super simple – only a handful of ingredients and a bowl, bench scraper, and a rolling pin. You can make this easily at home….
I love eggnog.
As soon as the weather starts getting cold, I’m reaching for my eggs, cream, rum, and whiskey. In this video, I take you outside to mix up your own eggnog for one. Many recipes are for a whole batch with a dozen eggs or more – those are great too! But with this recipe, you can make yourself a glass as needed. I prefer mine with cream over milk, so I use it in this recipe.
Use whatever whiskey or brandy you prefer. I tend to like a easy drinking bourbon like Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, or Rebel Yell. In this video I used a Canadian rye whiskey, which was delicious, but if I’m in the mood, a smoky scotch like Highland Park is great here too. Brandy is always nice.
For the rum, I definitely like an aged rum like Zaya better than a silver because of the complexity and vanilla notes that come from the barrel aging process.
Sometimes, I will even switch the proportions of rum to whiskey/brandy. There is a lot of room here for customization. And since you don’t have to make a big batch, you can dial in your preferences and make what you like!
Music by Iain Ballamy: https://soundcloud.com/iainballamy
- Koriko Cocktail Shaker – http://amzn.to/2kHzNGJ
- Winco Jigger – http://amzn.to/2kFLxK7
- Hawthorne Strainer – http://amzn.to/2D5XfFZ
- Cocktail spoon – http://amzn.to/2Baf0He (This is different than the one in the video, but I like it better)
- Microplane Grater – http://amzn.to/2BAXhFu
This is based on Jerry Thomas’s recipe via David Wondrich. David has an excellent video here on YouTube that you should also watch. I’m standing on the shoulders of giants.
David Wondrich & Jerry Thomas’s eggnog
Jill and I took a trip into Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood to check out the Red Brick Craft Distillery. They have some fantastic small batch whiskey and rum and we were excited to try their birch spirit called “From the Woods.” This stuff is nothing we’ve ever tasted and is absolutely delicious. We loved it. And it is in very short supply – get to the distillery now if you want some in the next 9 months. Red Brick Craft Distillery is going to be one to watch!
Reading Terminal Market Visit
We also visited the Reading Terminal Market downtown Philadelphia. It has some of my favorite donuts in the world there at a stand called Beiler’s Bakery. They’re soft and fresh and fried all day. I love the apple and peach fritters above anything else. Believe me when I say that I can eat a dozen of them! Alas, we couldn’t get the donuts this trip, but we did pick up a cake to celebrate Jill’s parents’ anniversary and New Year’s Eve! And we were able to get Jill’s favorite, lobster mac and cheese!
This is the first of what will hopefully be many videos on the site.
Check out our trip:
A side note:
I’m pretty new to video recording and I’m learning a lot. One thing I learned here was to be careful of interference with an external mic. My Rode Videomicro picked up some interference from my phone’s wifi and it led to some tough audio in the barrel room of Red Brick Craft Distillery, so I wanted to apologize for that. I promise it won’t be there in the future.