The holidays can be a lot of pressure. Decorate the house perfectly … more specifically better than your neighbors. Buy the best gifts that don’t end up being returned or hated … and gift cards don’t count. Host parties … that people remember year after year for all their awesomeness. Cook and bake … picture perfect recipes that make it seem like you should be on Top Chef.
Oh and keep up with all the other things you do on a normal basis.
It’s all a lot. Too much. I don’t know about you, but I am not Supergirl and I cannot do all of these things, at least not well, all at the same time.
Plus, those things, they are so not what the holidays are about. Like not even a little.
The holidays are about being thankful and enjoying life. They are about taking extra time with your loved ones, and no the computer for online shopping definitely doesn’t count.
Don’t get me wrong, I am so looking forward to opening gifts on Christmas morning. And I love our Christmas tree. But I just don’t need everything to be the biggest and best, I don’t need everything to be perfect, which is good, because it’s never going to be.
For me in some ways the holidays are just other days that fall into place among the normal Thursday and Saturdays of the year. I think this is a good thing because it means I try to take time most of those days to be extra thankful, bake a fun treat for a friend, give Mom and extra tight hug, or plug in the Christmas tree we leave up year round. Why should we save those things for one or two days a year?
We do save to save eggnog treats, like these Eggnog Pudding Parfaits because nog is only around at the holidays. Eggnog isn’t exactly my thing, so I picked up some Califa Farms Almondmilk Nog and am kind of obsessed with it. I’ve been putting it in my morning oatmeal and it’s kind of life changing.
So is the homemade eggnog pudding that is the star of these parfaits. Pudding is one of my favorite homemade treats because it is easy to make and never too heavy. The kick of bourbon really rounds out the flavor of this creamy pudding.
Because I wanted to make something extra special, I layered the pudding with homemade cranberry sauce and whipped cream, plus a dash of cinnamon. I will happily devour this parfait any time of year.
- Make the pudding. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in the eggnog and egg yolks. Place over medium heat and cook, whisking continuously until mixture comes to a boil and thickens to pudding consistency. Remove from the heat and whisk in the bourbon. Pour into a heat proof bowl and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours.
- When ready to assemble, make the whipped cream. In a large bowl, whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar.
- Layer eggnog pudding, whipped cream, and cranberry sauce in your serving vessels. Top with a pinch of cinnamon and serve.
- Components of parfaits may be made 1 day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.
Pudding recipe adapted from Pillsbury
Additional chilling time is necessary
Don’t forget to check out this week’s Sunday Supper dishes! Thanks to Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting!
- Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake by Bottom Left of Mitten
- Chocolate Eggnog Poke Cake by Crazed Mom
- Eggnog Bread Pudding with Warm Whiskey Sauce by The Crumby Cupcake
- Eggnog Macarons by Baking Sense
- Eggnog Macaroons by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Eggnog Pie by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Gingerbread Bars with Eggnog Frosting by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Layered Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Frosting by The Freshman Cook
- Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes by Authentically Candace
- Coconut Milk Eggnog by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Eggnog Coffee Frappe by And She Cooks
- Gingerbread Eggnog Latte by Palatable Pastime
- Spiked Eggnog Hot White Cocoa by The Weekend Gourmet
- Traditional Homemade Eggnog by The Redhead Baker
Breakfast and Breakfast Pastries
- Baked Eggnog Donuts by Life Tastes Good
- Coconut Eggnog Overnight Oats (with homemade eggnog) by Caroline’s Cooking
- Cranberry Eggnog Scones by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Eggnog Pancakes with Cranberry Syrup by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Eggnog Scones by Feeding Big
- Craig Claiborne’s Eggnog Mousse by Food Lust People Love
- Easy Eggnog Fudge by Sunday Supper Movement
- Eggnog Crème Anglaise by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Eggnog Panna Cotta with Cinnamon Whipped Cream by Tramplingrose
- Eggnog Pudding Parfaits by Pies and Plots
- Healthy Eggnog Rice Pudding by Cricket’s Confections
- Homemade Eggnog Ice Cream by Simple and Savory
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