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Age Range: 7-11 | 11-14
Duration: 0-29 mins
  • D & T
  • Maths
  • Science

Make non-alcoholic eggnog

Make a non-alcoholic family friendly eggnog this Christmas, and learn about science and mixtures in this quick and easy festive recipe.

Follow our eggnog recipe for a delicious and creamy festive treat. Who can say no to some delightful eggnog? Even better, it is non-alcoholic, so the adults could even drink it for breakfast!

What ingredients will you need?

  • 500ml whole milk (swap for unsweetened almond milk if dairy-free or vegan)
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 100ml double cream (swap for full-fat coconut milk if dairy-free or vegan)
  • 100ml water
  • 4 egg yolks (swap for vegan vanilla pudding mix if vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (remove this ingredient if you are following the vegan recipe)
  • Ice

  • Step 1
    Make the sugar syrup. In a pan, add 100ml of water and 200g of caster sugar. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
    ⚠ Hot sugar can be dangerous, so getting some help with this step is important.
  • Step 2
    Put 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste in a large bowl. Add the sugar syrup and egg yolks into a bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 2-3 minutes.
  • Step 3
    Add the cream and milk and beat again until just mixed.
    ⚠ Be careful mixing with an electric whisk; even everyday items can be dangerous. Always get the support of an adult at this stage.
  • Step 4
    Fill a large jug with ice and strain the eggnog mixture into the jug. Stir gently until the outside of the jug feels cold, then pour the eggnog into glasses to serve. You can sprinkle some nutmeg or cinnamon on the top if you want to be extra fancy.

OK, this most definitely doesn’t fall into the “healthy” category! However, it is a fantastic, indulgent treat. But if you make this delicious drink, share it with your family or friends to avoid any food waste this Christmas.

The engineering context

Baking is engineering. It is using science, maths and technology skills to engineer and create solutions and new tasty products. Engineers need all these skills – precision in weighing out ingredients, the safety required in the kitchen and product design and quality engineering to test, taste and improve with each delicious creation!

Download the free recipe and template below!

All activity sheets and supporting resources are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students’ and your schools’ needs.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Oh ho ho, and please do share your baking highlights with us @IETeducation! #SantaLovesSTEM.


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