My favorite during the Christmas days and Easter: ‘Advocaat’. You could compare it to the American Eggnog, however the ingredients are a bit different. The only ingredients of the Dutch Advocaat are eggs, sugar, vanilla and Dutch Brandy. The Dutch Brandy, also named ‘brandewijn’, is a neutral alcohol drink with additional sugar and spices. Therefore the Dutch Brandy is very different from other Brandies, which are often made from distilled wine. To make sure the Dutch Brandy is clean and pure, the alcohol is filtered by the use of charcoal. I love to use this brandy for advocaat or to infuse it with fresh fruits and sugar!
If you can’t find any Dutch Brandy, you can always use Dutch ‘Jenever’ of Vodka for this recipe. Serve the advocaat with some whipped cream and grated dark chocolate. Ór make this delicious ‘Advocaat’ Tiramisu!
- Heat Resistant Bowl
- Cooking pan
- 10 Egg Yolks
- 300 ml Dutch Brandy 'Brandewijn', 'Jenever' or Brandy
- 200 gram Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Some Ice Cubes or an ice cold bowl
- Whipped Cream
- Dark Chocolate
- Add some water to the cooking pan, and bring this to the boil.
- Then add the egg yolks, vanilla extract and sugar to the bowl.
- Once the water is cooking, place the heat resistant bowl on top of the pan. It is very important to make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water and to keep whisking. The idea is to cook the eggs au bain-marie. While keep whisking the egg mixture, add the brandy gradually.
- Use a thermometer to check on the cooking process. The mixture is ready when the temperature is between 62 and 65 degrees Celsius, or 143 and 149 degrees Fahrenheit. At that point, turn off the heat and take the bowl off the pan. Place the heat resistent bowl on a bowl with ice cubes to stop the cooking process. Whisk the advocaat for another 5 minutes or until cooled down to room temperature.
- Serve the 'advocaat' with whipped cream and grated dark chocolate.